The University of the West Indies
Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination
Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) invites proposals for papers; movement workshops; performances; site-specific works; academic posters; dance for the camera; theater, and multidisciplinary projects for the
Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination
3rd Biennial International Dance Conference
May 23rd to 26th, 2018
We welcome dance professionals, practitioners and scholars across disciplines from around the world
whose research focuses on decolonization to contribute to dynamic discussions and cultural encounters on the topic:
“Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging Performance”
Colonialism strategically positioned the aesthetics of the dominant group as a model under which
any other cultural expression is held in a subaltern state. It is argued that dance and the performing arts in general have, as a consequence, been held under an imposition of a rigid, mono-cultural and patriarchal aesthetic model.
Globalization, on the other hand, as an epistemological project of colonialism, perpetuates the
invisibility of uprooted cultures of countries from the Global South deemed “less valuable”, which are
strategically appropriated by the hegemonic high art.
According to the theoretical postulates of the Caribbean philosophers Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire, decolonization begins with awareness, opposition to hierarchies and institutions of socio-political power, and the creation of forms of human solidarity.
This conference, therefore, asks practitioners to interrogate the established structures and the creative individual, as well as philosophical and educational processes, towards the search for decolonization of the body and the form; and by so doing effect a decolonization of knowledge specifically in dance but generally across disciplines.
We therefore invite responses to the following questions from perspectives that include but are
not limited to gender, race and social class:
Conference sessions will include:
Individual Paper Presentations – original research including in-depth exploration and analysis of an issue related to the conference theme. [20 minutes paper followed by a 10 minutes for Q &A]
Curated Panels – organized panels of 3-4 papers on related topics, each presenting original research related to the conference theme. [3-4 panelists – 1.5 hours] [15-20 minutes paper followed by 10 minutes for Q & A]
Workshops – practical presentations of fusion dance forms including a narrative component
based on the applied pedagogy of fusion [45 minutes followed by a 15 minutes for Q & A]
Performance and Dance for the Camera – presentation. Six to eight dance works approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length will be selected to be part of the program as well as six to eight Dance for Camera works. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required. Submission of video of the proposed work must be in its full version with a link to an online resource such as YouTube or Vimeo.
Abstract Submission Details
All accepted panelists must register and pay the conference registration fee by April 25th, 2018.