Conferences / Annual Conference

Dancing in Common

August 8 – August 11, 2019
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL, United States

The Dance Studies Association is hosting its 2019 annual conference at Northwestern University August 8-11, located on the shore of Lake Michigan with a view of the Chicago skyline. We invite you to join us for papers, panels, roundtable discussions, lecture-demonstrations, movement workshops, dance works, and screendances that address the conference theme, “Dancing in Common.”

What might it mean to speak about “the common” or “the commons” in relation to dancing bodies? How do long-standing ideas about the common good and common property inflect past and present practices? What opportunities might dance and its concomitant registers of embodied exchange and identity offer in solidarity to emancipator modes of sociality? Thinking about our different experiences and understandings of the commons, we gather in Chicago to reflect, move and create.

“Dancing in Common” meets on the campus of Northwestern University on the shore of Lake Michigan. The Hotel Orrington and other conference hotels are just a few blocks away in Evanston, near public transportation to downtown Chicago and airports. Film screenings, club outings, and performances at Links Hall complement the wide range of panels, workshops, and plenaries planned for DSA 2019.

Submit your proposals by January 15, 2019 by clicking here . The online conference site is currently accepting proposals.

Conference details


Please save the date! Early registration will open on February 6, 2019.


Conference Chair

  • Susan Manning , Northwestern University

Program Committee

  • Melissa Blanco Borelli , Royal Holloway University of London
  • Kate Elswitt
  • Anurima Banerji, UCLA
  • Sherril Dodds, Temple University
  • Imani K Johnson, University of California Riverside
  • Einav Katan-Schmid, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Kareem Khubchandani
  • Lorenzo Perillo, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Crystal Michelle Perkins
  • VK Preston, University of Toronto
  • Chiayi Seetoo
  • Arabella Stanger, University of Sussex

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Susan Manning
  • Lizzie Leopold
  • Rachel Russell
  • Danielle Ross
  • Amy Swanson
  • Mario LaMothe
  • Joel Valentin-Martinez
  • Amy Wilkinson
  • Jenai Cutcher West
  • Mlondi Zondi
  • Anna Martine Whitehead

Conference Contacts



Traveling from abroad:

Foreign Currency Exchange at O'Hare and Midway Airports (

Passport/Visa Requirements:

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the US without a visa. Please visit state department website (below) for exact requirements. (

Banks in Evanston (walk-able from hotel): Chase Bank, PNC Bank, First Bank & Trust, BMO Harris Bank, Citibank, First Northern Credit Union


O’Hare International Airport is approximately one hour from Northwestern’s Evanston campus (depending on mode of transit). Midway International Airport is slightly farther and may take longer. Airport Express Shuttle is available from both locations (arrange ahead of time, Uber and Lyft are also available. Suburban taxi cabs are available (American Taxi) by calling (847-673-1000) or using the iOS app once you have landed at the airport. Average fare is $50-$60.



Hilton Orrington Hotel, Evanston

More details to come.