Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century


Chair: Olivia Sabee, Swarthmore College

This working group serves as a forum for scholars interested in the history of dance during the long nineteenth century.

This working group is a forum for scholars interested in the history of dance during the long nineteenth century. We welcome scholars with a focus on any geographic area and dance form, and our interests include, but are not limited to, the following subjects: 

  • theatrical dance and artistic issues
  • social and popular dance
  • intersections between dance and other art forms
  • intersections between dance and other fields of knowledge
  • the relationship between dance and politics
  • the flows of and interaction between national and regional forms and variants of dance practice

This caucus of scholars, including those interested in the reconstruction and performance of nineteenth-century works, meets at our annual conferences to share ideas and information. Our goals include:

  1. welcoming interdisciplinary examination of the arts in this century, inviting scholars from related disciplines (music, literature, philosophy, architecture and the visual arts, theatre history, cultural history, and so on) to submit appropriate papers to DSA conferences.
  2. sharing ideas on research strategies and information on new sources of materials.
  3. sharing information on publication outlets for work on the 19th century.
  4. proposing panels and/or coordinating paper proposals.
  5. providing networking opportunities and introducing graduate students to experienced scholars working in areas of common interest.
  6. overall, increasing the visibility of research being done on nineteenth-century dance and providing support for peers and colleagues engaged in this work.

Writing Exchange Submissions Open - deadline October 31, 2020

If you are interested in sharing up to 10 pages of work in progress related to dance in the long nineteenth century with a small writing group, please submit an abstract of 100-250 words here. We invite any kind of academic writing, including but not limited to excerpts of articles and book chapters, grant applications, and conference abstracts, at any stage of the writing process. 

By submitting an abstract, you are committing to reading and participating in a one-time small group discussion and feedback session scheduled between December 1 and January 1 at a mutually convenient time by your group’s moderator. 

All participants should be members of the DSA at the time of submission. Join or renew your membership. 

Abstract submissions are due October 31, 2020. Writing projects will be circulated two weeks in advance of your group’s mutually agreed upon meeting time.