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Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

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 will provide 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 will serve a broad international community and will invite contributions from a wide range of discipline areas. Particular features will 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.

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Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities

Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities is interested in publishing works concerned with the relationship between spirituality, dance and movement, and contributions are invited from across disciplines. Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in Western dance practices. In contrast, this journal provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research to disseminate their ideas and findings.

The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores spirituality and movement from different inter-disciplinary perspectives offering a broad stage for academic discussion and innovation. Recognizing the plurality and diversity of spiritual experience, the journal invites contributions from a vast panorama of the world’s sacred dance traditions to topics such as secular, New Age and postmodern spiritualities. Articles may range from performance praxis and analysis, composition and aesthetics, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, community practice and holistic pedagogies. The journal seeks to embrace diversity of experienced and felt spiritualities and discussion of methodologies suited to discovering more about dance and spirituality are most welcomed, as well as innovative methods for recording, digesting and articulating the experiences of spirituality.


Amanda Williamson
Coventry University

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The International Journal of Screendance is an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of screendance. It is the first-ever journal dedicated to this growing area of worldwide interdisciplinary practice. IJSD draws on the fields of dance, performance, visual art, cinema, and media arts, including their practices, technologies, theories and philosophies. It provides a platform to debate questions about inter-disciplinarity, artistic agency, curation, film and dance in popular culture, and experimental filmmaking and mediated artistic practices.

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New Book - The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual, Towards the Real

Palgrave Macmillan 2015

‘The Performing Subject in the Space ofTechnology challenges perceived notions of ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ in a collection of fascinating essays.It explores the ubiquity of technology in both academia and professional practice, emphasising the experience of body/ technology encounters.’ – Sita Popat, University of Leeds, UK Edited by Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan, Néill O’Dwyer. The book launch was held on in the Neill /Hoey Lecture Theatre at The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at 6pm on Thursday 29 October, 2015. Special guest speaker Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (Dean of GradCAM) introduced the book.