C-DaRE News & Vacancies

Submissions for the Dance and Somatic Practices conference are now closed.

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Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2019

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry, UK

The 5th Dance and Somatic Practices Conference invites somatic practitioners, dance artists and scholars from a range of subject domains to debate and share investigations in the field of somatic informed dance practices. We will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, by reflecting back and looking forward to themes, trends, and issues pertinent to the field of somatic practices internationally. We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops and other formats responding to key themes explored through somatic movement such as: screendance; dance science; spirituality; body and environment; pedagogy and performance; politics and trauma.

Through these themes, we will investigate:

  • What have been the key topics of enquiry in the field over the last 10 years and what new histories have emerged in this period?
  • What are the pressing questions that will need to be addressed over the next 10 years and beyond?
  • How might we continue to develop sustainable formats for somatic practice and research, whether through conference, journal or other modalities?


In your submission, please highlight what key theme(s) you will be examining and any technical requirements, noting that only low-level technical requirements can be accommodated. Unfortunately we can not provide performance level technical support.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts extended to 1stst February 2019

Proposals should be submitted to lily.hayward-smith@coventry.ac.uk

PhD Studentships – for home/EU students (full-time)

Dance & Theatre in relation to City of Culture

The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University and the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Warwick are together inviting applications for two fully-funded PhD Studentships to begin in 2019. 

We are seeking two highly motivated and committed candidates who will work with experienced supervisors based in both Universities to investigate cultural production at an exciting and transformative time for the city of Coventry. 

Click here for more information about each studentship and details of possible themes.

Applications are invited by 7 January 2019. Interviews will be held on 30 January. It is expected that PhD projects will begin in April 2019.

More information including details on how to apply.

Theatre: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/researchapplicants/

For informal enquiries, please contact (Dance) Professor Sarah Whatley, Director, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (s.whatley@coventry.ac.uk); or (Theatre) Professor Andy Lavender, Head of the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Warwick (a.lavender@warwick.ac.uk).

The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices invites submissions on an ongoing basis but welcomes submissions for its next open call issue by 31January 2019.

The JDSP (ISSN 1757-1871) is an international refereed journal published twice a year by Intellect. It has been in publication since 2009 for scholars and practitioners whose research interests focus on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence that this body of practice exerts on the wider performing arts.

To read the full call click here

Click here for more information about the journal

C-DaRE is currently recruiting two Research Assistant posts 

Closing date 25/11/2018 

1 Part-Time (0.5 FTE), Fixed Term Contract from 02 January 2019 - 28 February 2020

1 Full-Time (1.0 FTE), Fixed Term Contract from 02 January 2019 - 28 February 2020 

Both posts are to directly support European Commission funded projects, working closely with senior research staff, to ensure the successful delivery of the projects, and associated research events. You will undertake guided research, which may include conducting fieldwork activity, recording and analysing results, and conducting library and database searches.

You will need to have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject and a good knowledge of research methods related to dance. Evidence of successful research publication and editorial, and event organisation will be vital in demonstrating your ability to contribute to our research output.

Click here for the job description and person specification

To view job details or apply on-line click here

Research with a Twist

The first in a series of Podcasts has been produced by Eline Kieft Principle Investigator. The podcast can be listened to or downloaded from the National Centre for Research Methods website. Find more information about the first podcast below.

Remember your body: a somatics toolkit for ethnographers

A researcher’s physical sensations are widely understood to contribute to their insights into people and culture. Yet there are no adequate courses that teach students how to use their body as a research instrument. It’s a gap that a group of NCRM funded researchers are trying to plug with the development of a somatics toolkit, as Eline Kieft from the University of Coventry explains in this episode of the Methods Podcast.

AHRC Midlands4Cities funding for UK/EU students

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. 

M4C is awarding up to 80 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2019 through an open competition and 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector. 

The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University, (https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/centre-for-dance-research/) , is keen to invite applications from students keen to work with us, in areas that align with our own research, and which includes those with an interest in practice-research. 

Themes that link with our interests include:

  • Dance and moving image/screendance
  • Dance and inclusion
  • Dance and the digital/immersive technologies  
  • Improvisation and performance
  • Practice research (as a method and also topic of investigation)
  • Race and privilege
  • Politics and performance
  • Contemporary physical performance and performer training
  • Dance and (intangible) cultural heritage 
  • The expanded field of somatic practices
  • Dance/Performance philosophy
  • Dramaturgy
  • Dance/performance and the post-human turn
  • Cultural trauma and performance
  • Dance and Law

Further information about these and related fields can be found here:  

The application process can be found on the Coventry University Research portal:https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2019 (noon), by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form. 

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit  https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk or contact enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk

The 5th International Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2019 will be in Coventry on the 5th-7th July!

This will include a celebration of 10 years of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices published by Intellect – reflecting back at and looking forward to themes, trends, and issues the field of somatic practices internationally. More details TBC.

News date; 3rd August 2017

Dance and Somatic Practices Conference Summary

The Dance and Somatic Practices conference is over for another year.  Over 100 delegates joined us from many parts of the world for a series of inspiring talks, workshops, installations, films and performances taking place both indoors and outdoors in early July.

News date; 26th April 2017

SomaticApp - Dance, digital software design and inclusive practice

Dr. Tamara Ashley talks on the SomaticApp, which aims to bring together expertise across disciplines of health and dance to develop the concept of an app that can be used by students to promote self awareness and relaxation through mindful movement.

News date; 3rd April 2017

Europeana Space: Spaces of possibility for the creative reuse of digital cultural content.

We recently completed the project and received an ‘Excellent’ for the project in our final review. The project has been hugely successful and we are hoping to continue working with our partners on other projects.

News date; 9th November 2016

Special Issue Call for Papers: Bodily Extensions and Performance (Avatars, Prosthetics, Cyborgs, Posthumans)

The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media is seeking contributions by 16th January 2017 for a special issue on Bodily Extensions and Performance.

For further enquiries, please contact Sita Popat at s.popat@leeds.ac.uk.

News date; 29th September 2016

Save the Date, Bookings Opening Soon

The Future of Performer Training in the 21st Century

Coventry University (in association with the Theatre Dance and Performance Training journal).

4-5 November 2016 9.30-4.30pm

We invite you to participate in a two-day symposium at Coventry University that will interrogate the future of performer training, specifically within Higher Education. The focus will be on theatre and dance training and education. For more information click here

For any enquiries email Mark Evans on adx939@coventry.ac.uk or Natalie Garrett Brown on arx229@coventry.ac.uk

News date; 20th September 2016

Europeana Space Conference: Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine

Click here to register: http://www.europeana-space.eu/conferences/berlinconference2016/

The third conference from the Europeana Space project, will showcase the myriad ways that cultural heritage can be used and enriched through new technologies, innovation and the ingenuity of the creative industries. Click here to find out more.

News date; 2nd August 2016

We are very pleased to introduce you to some new members of the C-DaRE family

We have recently welcomed a number of new senior researchersCharlotte Waelde, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, joined C-DaRE from University of Exeter, and Dr Susanne Foellmer joined us as Reader in Dance, previously from the Freie Universitat Berlin.

We are also delighted to welcome three artist-researchers to the Centre. Renowned British dance artists/choreographers Jonathan BurrowsSiobhan Davies and Rosemary Lee have all taken up 0.5 positions as Senior Research Fellows, further enriching our work in practice led research.

News Date; 21st July 2016


Dance Fields Post-Graduate Research Un-Symposium

Thursday 8th-Friday 9th December

Coventry University

Hosted by C-DaRE Coventry University – University of Roehampton – De Montfort University

The Dance Fields Postgraduate Un-Symposium is designed as an informal event to share research and ideas, ‘network’, and engage in dialogue and discussion through a series of one to two hour sessions. Drawing on the themes of the Dance Fields—Staking A Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century conference to be hosted at Roehampton University April 19th-22nd 2017, the un-symposium hopes to open up possibilities for collaborative submissions to the Dance Fields conference as well as spark collaborative working practices, reading groups etc. for the future. 

For more information visit the event page by clicking here

News Date; 12th July 2016

We are pleased to annunce the 3rd International Conference of the Europeana Space Project

Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine

21st-22nd November 2016 - Berlin

Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, Reimagine, the third conference from the Europeana Space project, will showcase the myriad ways that cultural heritage can be used and enriched through new technologies, innovation and the ingenuity of the creative industries. #ESPACEBERLIN2016

Detailed programme, and registration will be soon available at: http://berlinconference2016.europeana-space.eu/

News Date; 27th April 2016

Register now for: Body^Space^Object^Memory identity Symposium CLICK HERE

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design

Following on from last year’s Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^ object, this year’s event builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design, and invites contributions from scholars and practitioners from across the arts and humanities. This one-day symposium will address how performers, artists and designers suggest the relationship of individuals to their surroundings.

Keynote Speakers!

Gill Perrie and Jonathan Burrows

News Date; 12th February 2016

(Re)Collecting the Past: (Re)Making the Future

4th March 2016

Registration now open-Click here

For the 6th edition of the Digital Echoes Symposium, we focus on participation as one of the most prominent legacies of the digital, in particular how it invokes processes of collectivity, democratisation and decentring. We consider participation as a process, a framework for access and production, but also increasingly becoming a philosophy and a culture. Click here for more information.

Registration closes on February 26th

News Date; 12th February 2016

20th May 2016, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design

Following on from last year’s Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^ object, this year’s event builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design, and invites contributions from scholars and practitioners from across the arts and humanities. This one-day symposium will address how performers, artists and designers suggest the relationship of individuals to their surroundings.

To see the call for papers click here. Deadline Friday 26th February

News date; 11th December 2015

4th March 2016, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)

For the 6th edition of the Digital Echoes Symposium, we focus on participation as one of the most prominent legacies of the digital, in particular how it invokes processes of collectivity, democratisation and decentring. We consider participation as a process, a framework for access and production, but also increasingly becoming a philosophy and a culture. In response to this theme, we invite researchers and practitioners in dance, the arts and the humanities, to reflect on practices of collecting, archiving and safekeeping, how these traces are being used to configure new ways of imagining futures, and how such practices highlight the legacy of the digital on humanistic and artistic disciplines. Click here to read more.

News date; 7th December 2015

This year, the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award goes to Dr. Nicola Conibere. The £10,000 award supports a choreographer to take some time out to undertake creative reflection and research, and the building of new partnerships to extend their profile and practice. Click here to read more. 

News date; 24th September 2015

Ruth Gibson wins the Lumen Prize for Digital Art with Gibson/Martelli’s MAN A.

Drawing inspiration from the visual language of ‘dazzle’ camouflage, developed by artist Norman Wilkinson in WWI, MAN A is a series of seemingly flat geometric surfaces, activated by a user’s mobile app to reveal dance performances.The work reminds us of both tribal war paint and zebra’s stripes, playing on the idea of concealment and revelation with the technology acting as the catalyst.

View the MAN A site
View Digital Revolution


Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2015

The third international Dance and Somatic Practices Conference will take place at Coventry University on Thursday 9th-Sunday 12th July 2015. The Call for proposals in now closed. 

Visiting Professor Monica Dantas- at C-DaRE 20th-24th October

Monica Fagundes Dantas (Brazil) earned her PhD from Études et pratiques des arts, at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has a Master’s in Human Movement Sciences at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has been a professor at UFRGS since 1995, teaching in the Physical Education and in the Dance Programmes (undergraduate level) and in the Performing Arts  Programme (Graduate level). She is also a contemporary dancer.

Monica earned a scholarship to visit C-DaRE with the aim of establishing contacts for future collaborations between UFRGS and Coventry University at the Dance Studies Field. She was at the University from Monday 20th – Friday 24th October and shared her own research as part of the C-DaRE Seminar series on Wednesday 22nd October 1-2pm in the ICE Building.

The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices:  5 Year Anniversary

The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices is now in its 5th year of publication. Following our C-DaRE event ‘Working Across Materialities’  on the 1st of December from 10-11.30 at the ICE building, we will be showcasing issues of the journal as a celebration of its journey over the past five years.

MIRRORCITY Exhibition-until 4th January 

C-DaRE members Nicola Conibere and Katye Coe are showing work within the MIRRORCITY exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London which is now open and showing until 4 Jan 2015.

They are showing as part of Volumes Project, a collective which seeks to explore the expansive potentials of choreography and dance in the context of an exhibition. Volumes Project presents six live works, typically shown one at a time throughout the duration of the exhibition, and which move between artworks in other media.

You can find a link to the MIRRORCITY website here: http://mirrorcity.southbankcentre.co.uk.

Consult the schedule of Volumes Project works for the coming few weeks.

Volumes Project was conceived by Nicola Conibere, Frank Bock (Independent Dance) and Martin Hargreaves (Trinity Laban).

Performing Process: Sharing Practice Symposium
On the 6 June 2014, a symposium examining the increased sharing of creative process by dance practitioners took place at the Centre for Dance Research. Click the link to see more.


Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
We are pleased to share the news that the JDSP has been accepted for indexing on SCOPUS. They had this to say –This is a leading journal in its field and strong in every respect. It fully merits inclusion in SCOPUS.


New PhD Studentships at Coventry University- Deadline for applications 25th July 2014

Faculty of Arts and Humanities conducts world-leading research and is offering exciting PhD opportunities through a number of bursaries for students, to work with our professors and other researchers. In addition to more mainstream approaches, research projects may be practice-based where appropriate. They will be pursued within or across our broad research areas of industrial/transport/3D design, performing arts, creative arts, and media

Dance: Dance Annotation

The last decade has seen a rise in dance projects, often initiated by dancer artists themselves, which have utilised digital technologies as a way of experimenting with different modes of transmission. Some of these projects have incorporated annotation as a tool for users to deepen their engagement with the dance, to offer an alternative mode of analysis and to reveal otherwise ‘hidden’ properties in the dance. But there has not yet been a systematic analysis of the impact of annotation on dance and whether it has brought about changes, positive or otherwise, in how dance is made, viewed, appreciated and shared. This PhD studentship will focus on annotation and its roots in analogue forms, including dance notation systems, to explore the impact of annotation as a tool within dance production, pedagogy and research/scholarship. The PhD will ask questions that might include: How does annotation impact on modes of dance analysis, criticism, practice and reception? What different kinds of annotation tools are available? How do they work, who is using them, what changes? To what extent do digital humanities offer a critical lens for examining annotation in dance?

Based in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, the successful candidate will join a team of researchers and PhD students who have many contacts with dance artists and companies, in the UK and world wide, who have developed digital tools that have included experiments with annotation. The student will therefore be able to access artists, projects and experienced researchers as part of the research activity. Through a partnership between C-DaRE and Deakin Motion.Lab, Australia, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to explore links with colleagues at Deakin University who are working in this field as part of the research process.

Art History: The Body and Sculpture: 1977-1986

British sculpture of the late 1970s and early 1980s has largely been written from the perspective of New British Sculpture, British Land Art, and a few well-known performer sculptors, but the range of practices were much broader and richer than those. There were those that combined performance and sculpture, photography and sculpture, and that were intrinsic to the aims of different regional groups. There were practices that were gendered and that were by non-white artists, whose work reflected different belief systems and artistic frameworks. There have also been sculptors whose work has been overlooked.

This PhD will contribute to knowledge about these as yet marginalised artists and their practices. It is expected that the topic will develop and become defined from the combined interests of the student and supervisory team. It could be, but is not limited to being about the work of a particular artist who has not received sufficient attention, about one of the groups, about the performative body in a particular range of sculpture or installation, or about making and materials. The project might thus investigate how artists during this period drew from other arts practices and traditions that were influential on how the body performed with and through sculpture (such as dance and movement-based performance practice).

This topic has emerged through research being undertaken by Dr Imogen Racz and Professor Sarah Whatley, and is part of a larger research investigation in the school about the body, object and identity, and education in art schools of the 1970s and 1980s.For further details, please contact: Dr Imogen Racz i.racz@coventry.ac.uk;

To find out more information about PhD Studentships at Coventry University and how to apply Click here.