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Society of Dance History Scholars Conference
Albuquerque, June 1999

The Program Committee for the 1999 conference in Albuquerque welcomes submissions on any topic within dance history and related disciplines. This open format allows us to display the broad range of interests of our membership. We encourage scholars with related interests to propose group sessions organized around a central topic. Proposals for movement workshops and lecture-demonstrations are also encouraged. In addition, we invite proposals for informal Working Groups, which bring together different constituencies within the Society. Topics for established Working Groups include Early Dance, Ethnicity and Dance, and Reconstruction. As always, the Committee also welcomes individual submissions. We would like to offer particular encouragement for graduate students to apply and attend the conference. The conference will coincide with the Annual Festival Flamenco Internationale, also hosted by the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, which will include a variety of music and dance performances and workshops that SDHS members may attend. In addition, on Sunday, June 13, nearby San Juan will host a day of Native American dances, which conference goers will be welcome to attend. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCTOBER 30, 1998 Please send eight copies of your proposal (together with your name, address, and E-mail address if you have one) to: Lori Salem 218 West Gorgas Lane +1-(215) 848-2549 Philadelphia, PA 19119 +1-(215) 204-7083 (fax) USA Proposals must be postmarked by October 30, 1998. Submitters will be notified by February 1, 1999. If you wish to be notified that your proposal was received, please include either your E-mail address or a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Please direct questions about proposals to Lori Salem at the above address or E-mail. ________________________________________________ Program Committee: Lori Salem (Temple University), Chair; Irene Alm (Rutgers University); Ninotchka Bennahum (New York University); Ananya Chatterjea (Temple University); Joan Erdman (Columbia College Chicago); Anita Gonzalez (Connecticut College); Libby Smigel (Rochester Institute of Technology). ________________________________________________ All presenters must be members of SDHS or join before the conference, and all presenters must pay the conference registration fee. For SDHS membership or to receive a conference brochure please contact: Marge Maddux, Treasurer, SDHS Dance Program - University of Minnesota 106 Norris Hall 172 Pillsbury Dr. SE Fax: +1-612-310-0494 Minneapolis, MN 55455 E-mail: USA _____________________________________________________ GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS: The Program Committee welcomes proposals in the categories below: 1. INDIVIDUAL 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. All proposals must include 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 the type and amount of illustrative material, if used. A bibliography or statement of sources must be included; this may require an additional page. Presenters may elect to include a complete paper in addition to the abstract. Students wishing to apply for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Young Scholars Program should follow the special application guidelines for that program. See information following General Guidelines. 2. RESEARCH PAPER SESSIONS: Three or four applicants may propose, together, a session of related papers. The application should include an abstract (as described above) for each of the papers, as well as a cover letter explaining the theme of the session and the order in which the papers should be presented. Proposals should supply names and addresses for all proposed presenters. 3. LECTURE-DEMONSTRATIONS: A proposal for a lecture-demonstration should be 1-2 pages in length, and it should 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 hours. If more than one presenter is involved, the proposal should describe the contribution of each person. Proposals should supply names and addresses for all proposed presenters. 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 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 SDHS in this topic. Those wishing to propose a Roundtable discussion or any format other than those described above should explain their idea and chosen format, the topic(s) to be discussed, and the desired length of time. If the presentation is to include more than one participant, the proposal should give a brief abstract of each person's intended contribution. Proposals should supply names and addresses for all proposed presenters. ________________________________________________________ GENERAL GUIDELINES: All submissions should include the name, address, phone number and E-mail address (if available) of the author(s). Only one submission is allowed per person. In order to be considered, submitters must conform to the guidelines, meet the deadline for submission, and supply the required number of copies of their proposals. All presenters must be members of SDHS or join before the conference, and all presenters must pay the registration fee for the conference. 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. For 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. If a paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, only the author of the paper may deliver the presentation. _________________________________________________________ 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 1) an invitation to present a paper at the conference; 2) waiving of the conference fee; 3) an award of up to $400 to assist the student's travel and other expenses A student wishing to apply for the 1999 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.