Call for Research Articles: "Dance in the Face of Trauma"


Due August 15, 2018

From 9/11 to the Manchester Arena bombing, from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster to Hurricane Harvey, and from the Black Lives Matter movement to the 2017 Women’s March, the 21st century has already witnessed cataclysm, death, and destruction as well as political upheaval in response to the physical and psychological wounds inflicted by large-scale or persistent trauma. In this special issue, we ask how dancers throughout history, and in our own time, have dealt with traumatic events and chronic oppression. How have we as dancers shown ourselves to be resilient in the face of personal suffering and demonstrated our capacity to confront vast socio-political crises?  As war, terrorism, persecution, epidemic, and climate change provoke people to migrate away from their homelands, how has dance served as a marker of identity and helped migrants to cope with the loss of loved ones, homes, and communities? This special issue focuses on how humans have creatively responded to trauma, using dance to dress their psychological wounds and to memorialize their losses.

We invite research manuscript submissions for a special issue of Dance Chronicle on the theme of “Dances of Loss, Grief, and Endurance in the face of Trauma,” to be edited by Karen Eliot, Joellen A. Meglin, and Barbara Sellers-Young.

Below we list some of the examples of topics that come to mind:

  • How have diverse peoples and/or individuals, through the medium of dance, memorialized family members, relatives, friends, colleagues, and communities lost through war, epidemic, and natural disaster?
  • · How have minority communities, through the medium of dance, resisted discrimination, injustice, genocide, and the suppression of their culture?
  • ·How have marginalized and stigmatized groups of people or individuals (re)framed their identities through dance?   
  • · How have dancers creatively responded to pollution of the environment, despoiling of sacred lands, climate change, and the devastation caused by natural disasters?
  • · How have dancers continued to practice dance during periods of plague, revolution, persecution, and war?

Manuscript Submissions

Dance Chronicle uses a double-blind system of peer review to adjudicate manuscripts. Submissions will be accepted at any time before August 15, 2018. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the submissions portal. Inquiries can be sent to Karen EliotJoellen Meglin, or Barbara Sellers-Young.

About the Journal

For dance scholars, professors, practitioners, and aficionados, Dance Chronicle is indispensable for keeping up with the rapidly changing field of dance studies. Dance Chronicle publishes research on a wide variety of Western and non-Western forms, including classical, avant-garde, and popular genres, often in connection with the related arts: music, literature, visual arts, theatre, and film. Our purview encompasses research rooted in humanities-based paradigms: historical, theoretical, aesthetic, ethnographic, and multi-modal inquiries into dance as art and/or cultural practice. Offering the best from both established and emerging dance scholars, Dance Chronicle is an ideal resource for those who love dance, past and present. Recently, Dance Chronicle has featured special issues on visual arts and dance, literature and dance, music and dance, dance criticism, preserving dance as a living legacy, dancing identity in diaspora, choreographers at the cutting edge, Martha Graham, women choreographers in ballet, and ballet in a global world.

Editorial information

  • Editor-in-Chief: Joellen Meglin, Temple University
  • Editor: Karen Eliot, The Ohio State University
  • Editor-in-Residence: Barbara Sellers-Young, York University