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Society of Dance History Scholars Conference
Eugene, OR, June 1998

CALL FOR PAPERS The Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference 1998 The University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon June 18-21, 1998
The Program Committee welcomes submissions on a broad spectrum of topics within dance history and related disciplines. The open framework for the 1998 conference offers members exciting opportunities to propose panels or sessions on themes of their own devising. People with related interests are encouraged to come together to propose group sessions organized around a central topic. Proposals for movement workshops and lecture-demonstrations are also encouraged. In addition, the Program Committee solicits proposals for informal Working Groups, which bring together different constituencies within the Society, and provide continuity from year to year for people working in the same subfield of dance history. Topics for currently ongoing groups include Early Dance, Ethnicity and Dance, and Reconstruction. As always, the Program Committee also welcomes individual submissions. In addition, the Committee would like to offer particular encouragement for graduate students to apply, and to attend the conference. In all cases the Committee will aim to structure sessions in order to allow ample time for discussion and the exchange of ideas. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: NOVEMBER 16, 1997 Please send five copies of each proposal (together with your name, address and e-mail address if you have one) to: Marian Smith 1225 School of Music +1-(541) 345-0719 (fax) University of Oregon +1-(541) 346-3784 (office) Eugene, OR 97403-1225 +1-(541) 345-0719 (home) Proposals must be postmarked by November 16, 1997. Submitters will be notified by February 1, 1998. Please direct questions about proposals to Marian Smith at the above address or email. For SDHS membership or to receive a conference brochure please contact: Marge Maddux, Treasurer, SDHS Dance Program - University of Minnesota fax: +1-612 625-2849 106 Norris Hall e-mail: 172 Pillsbury Dr. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA Program Committee: Marian Smith (University of Oregon), Chair; Thomas DeFrantz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Joan Erdman (Columbia College Chicago) Carol Martin (New York University), and Ken Pierce (Longy School of Music)
***************************************** GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS
The Program Committee welcomes proposals in the categories listed below: Research Papers Research-Paper sessions Lecture-Demonstrations Workshops Working Groups, Roundtables or other formats 1.Research Papers Research papers should be based on a topic of original research which has not been published previously. They should be designed to take no more than 30 minutes to present, including any audio-visual materials. Proposals may be submitted in one of two forms. (Option A) an abstract of no more than two pages in length. The first paragraph should state the topic, research method or framework of analysis, and conclusion. Subsequent paragraphs should outline how the presentation is developed and describe type and amount of illustrative material, if used. A bibliography or statement of sources must be included; this may require an additional page. (Option B) a complete paper, submitted in the form in which it will be presented. The paper should include a bibliography. Students wishing to apply for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Young Scholars Program must submit a complete paper. (See below for further instructions regarding the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award.) Research papers may be submitted either individually or as part of a session with a unifying theme. 2.Research-Paper Sessions Three or four applicants may propose, together, a session of related research papers (submitting for each proposed paper either an abstract or the paper itself). The abstracts and/or papers should all be submitted by one of the participants, who should also include a covering letter explaining the theme of the session and suggesting the order in which the papers should be presented. 3.Lecture-Demonstrations A proposal for a lecture-demonstration should be 1-2 pages in length, and include a thorough description of the material to be covered, a bibliography of sources, and a statement of the time and space required. A lecture-demonstration may take from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. If more than one presenter is involved, the proposal should describe the contribution of each person. 4.Workshops A proposal for a workshop should include a written description of the movement material, accompanied by a list of sources, a statement of the time and space required, and of appropriate attire for the participants. A workshop may not exceed 1 1/2 hours. 5.Working Groups, Roundtables or other formats Those wishing to propose a Working Group should explain the topic to be discussed and give a sense of the general interest within the SDHS in this topic. Those wishing to propose a Roundtable discussion or a session that deviates from the traditional paper or lecture-demonstration format should explain their idea and chosen format, the topic(s) to be discussed, and the desired length of time. The proposal should include a list of participants and a brief abstract of each person's intended contribution. All submissions should include a statement of audio-visual needs and, as relevant, statements of the amount of time requested, space requirements, and recommendations for attire. Please do not submit videotapes or photographs. Submitters are encouraged to time their presentations in advance to make sure that they adhere to the time limitations. (Previous experience indicates that 12 double-spaced pages usually require about 30 minutes to present orally, with slides or overhead projections requiring 30-60 seconds each. Please gauge your paper's length accordingly.) In the case of lecture-demonstrations and workshops, the Program Committee reserves the right to make adjustments in the time requested in order to fit the overall scheduling of the conference. Only one submission is allowed per person. In order to be considered, proposals must conform to the guidelines and meet the deadline for submission. Note: all presenters must be members of SDHS or join before the conference, and must pay the registration fee for the conference. Submissions should be accompanied by a stamped (excepting foreign submissions), self-addressed postcard that will be used to confirm receipt of the proposal.
*********************************************************** GUIDELINES FOR THE SELMA JEANNE COHEN YOUNG SCHOLARS AWARD PROGRAM
In recognition of Selma Jeanne Cohen's great contributions to dance history, the Society of Dance History Scholars inaugurated an award in her name at its 1995 conference. The award is intended to encourage graduate students by recognizing excellence in scholarship in the field of dance history. Up to three awards will be offered at each conference. Each will consist of: invitation to present a paper at the conference; 2.waiving of the conference fee; award of up to $400 to assist the student's travel and other expenses. A student wishing to apply for the 1997 Selma Jeanne Cohen Award should submit his or her paper to the Program Committee, along with a cover letter asking that the paper be placed in competition and also stating where and in what program the student is enrolled. The paper must conform to the guidelines for Research Papers given in the Guidelines for Proposals and the full text must be submitted. The paper should be designed for oral delivery; students should not enter dissertation chapters into the competition. Papers accepted by the Program Committee will be sent to the SJC Award Committee, whose members will evaluate it on the basis of originality and excellence of research, plus clarity of writing. Students will be notified of the results of the award deliberations within one month of the acceptance of their papers.
**************************************************** The Society of Dance History Scholars is proud to announce the second GERTRUDE LIPPINCOTT AWARD 1997 Gertrude Lippincott Award Open to members and non-members of SDHS
The Society of Dance History Scholars invites submissions and nominations for the second annual Gertrude Lippincott Award for the best English language article on dance history or theory published in 1997. The award is named after its donor, Gertrude Lippincott. It was established to recognize excellence in the field of dance scholarship. The $500 award and a certificate will be presented to the winning author at the SocietyUs annual conference in June 1998 in Eugene, Oregon. Dance history and theory are broadly defined. Nominations may include the history, theory, and analysis of any genre of dance from any methodological perspective. Authors may submit their own essays. Nominations also may be made by editors, publishers, and members of SDHS (only one entry per nominator or author, please). To enter the competition, send four copies of the published article and a cover letter with the name, address, phone number, and email (if available) of the author to Carol Martin; Chair, Gertrude Lippincott Award; Department of Drama, 721 Broadway; New York University; New York, NY 10003. Members of the Editorial Board and the Board of Directors of SDHS are not eligible. Written inquiries may be addressed to Carol Martin or sent to All nominations must be received by January 31, 1998.