Future Conferences


CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
DSA 2020


DSA 2021: GALVANIZING DANCE/STUDIES: Building Antiracist Praxis, Transformative Connections, and Movement(s) of Radical Care

October 14-17, 2021 
Rutgers University
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Jeffrey Friedman and Adanna Kai Jones, program co-chairs
Julia Ritter, local arrangements chair

Vision:

The DSA 2021 Program Committee is collectively imagining this conference as a vessel to build, explore, collaborate, perform, and agitate a discourse in dance studies that speaks to our current global crises, especially in terms of anti-black racism, apparatuses of supremacy, technologies of connection, and individual/collective health, well-being, and care. As dance artists and scholars, we work to mobilize bodies in order to remain nimble and resilient. As such, we must pivot and rise to the urgent needs of the current moment, from food/water insecurities to racial inequities, by putting theory into action. We want the 2021 DSA Conference’s format and structures to expose, dismantle, challenge and transform white-supremacist practices of convening and assembly. We propose aligning the conference format and structure with the aspirations expressed in our title, inviting participants to use conference time, energy, and resources to collectively act and build anti-racist pathways. This conference is imagined as the start of a long process of holding ourselves to account, such that we can equitably uphold diverse movement(s) of care and connection in and as dance/studies.

Sub-Themes:

●      ANTI-RACIST RESTORATION AND ACTION

●      (IN)STABILITIES

●      DECOLONIZING TECHNOLOGIES AND TECHNIQUES OF SUPREMACY

●      CONNECTION

●      HEALTH & RADICAL CARE

●      MOBILIZATION/GALVANIZATION


DSA 2022: Dancing Resilience: Dance Studies and Activism in a Global Age (rescheduled from 2020)

October 13-16, 2022

Pinnacle Hotel/Simon Fraser University - Vancouver BC Allana Lindgren and Ahlaya Satkunaratna, program co-chairs
Peter Dickinson, local arrangements chair

At this conference in Vancouver, the first DSA gathering in Canada, presenters will explore dance and activism in localized and transcultural settings, and share strategies for productive change on the stage, street, screen and within the academy. Vancouver has long been a site of occupation, exchange, defiance and resilience. From time immemorial, it has been a location of trade and traversal across coastal Indigenous communities of the Pacific and, in more recent centuries, a place where diverse cultures from across the world have encountered each other and interacted through colonial pathways and settlement. In the same way that Vancouver serves as a powerful and complex example of both vexing histories and determined hope, participants will demonstrate how dance intervenes in a range of issues, including race relations, gender-related rights, and land disputes. We will share the frameworks of dancing and dance scholarship that provide space for optimism, activism, and social movement.