Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

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Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

(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.


In recent years, somatic practices have become more central to many artists’ work and have become more established within educational and training programmes. Despite this, as a body of work it has remained largely at the margins of scholarly debate, finding its presence predominantly through the embodied knowledge of practitioners and their performative contributions.

This journal provides a space to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance and discuss the implications for research and teaching. The journal serves a broad international community and invites contributions from a wide range of discipline areas. Particular features include writings that consciously traverse the boundaries between text and performance, taking the form of ‘visual essays’, interviews with leading practitioners, book reviews, themed issues and conference/symposium reports.


We invite contributions in varied formats. Writing that combines images and illustrations is encouraged, as is reflective writing. Standard articles will be in the range of 4000-6000 words. A more flexible approach may be possible for other formats and styles of submission but contributors need to work within the existing Journal design template (a free to view issue is available on the Intellect website as illustration). If a contributor wants to deviate from the template it must be discussed with the Editor first and prior to submission. Themes might include:

*The pedagogical philosophy of somatics and how this might be seen to challenge or negate dominant approaches to learning and creativity

*The history of somatic practices

*The current application of somatics to dance/performing arts training and education

*The aesthetic implications of working with/from a somatic understanding

*The ‘body’ as a site of discourse in western culture, the influence of eastern cultures on notions of embodiment and how somatic practices challenge/collude with these ideas.

*The future of somatic practices - challenges, critique and connections with other disciplines.


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Contributors need to work within the existing Journal template in terms of design and lay-out (see above). More playful contributions are welcomed, particularly those that include images, but if a contributor has a particular idea in mind that might deviate from the template they must contact the Editor first to discuss the possibilities and prior to submitting a contribution that is necessarily dependent on a lay-out that deviates from the template. (Click for Guidance Notes for alternative formats)


Ulrichs; RILM (Abstracts of Music Literature); International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance; TOC Premier; British Humanities Index; SCOPUS; ERIH PLUSWeb of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).


Issue 12.2 Open Call

We welcome submissions for our next open call issue by 1 October 2019

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Principal Editor

Sarah Whatley (Coventry University)


Associate Editors

Kirsty Alexander (University of Stirling)

Natalie Garrett Brown (Coventry University)

Emma Meehan (Coventry University)


Editorial Assistant

Hetty Blades (Coventry University)

Erica Charalambous (Coventry University)

Lily Hayward-Smith (Coventry University) 


Book Reviews Editor

Marie-Louise Crawley (Coventry University)


Editorial and Advisory Board

Jane Bacon (University of Chichester)

Henrietta Bannerman (London Contemporary Dance School)

Glenna Batson (Winston-Salem State University)

Carol Brown (University of Auckland)
Vincent Cacalano (Independent Artist)

Teri Carter (Independent Artist, USA)

Trude Cone (Independent Artist, Netherlands)

Cecilia De Lima (INET-MD, Portugal)
Katy Dymoke (Embody-Move Association, UK)

Sylvie Fortin (University of Quebec)

John Habron (Coventry University)

Linda Hartley (Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy, UK)

Polly Hudson (Birmingham City University)

Thomas Kampe (Bath Spa University)

Joe Moran (Independent Artist, UK)

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Ludmila Pimentel (University Federal of Bahia, Brazil)

Lionel Popkin (University of California, Los Angeles)

Susanne Ravn (University of Southern Denmark)

Leena Rouhiainen (Theatre Academy, Finland)

Sarah Rubidge (University of Chichester)

Brenton Surgenor (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)

Amy Voris (University of Chichester)

Amanda Williamson (University of Chichester)