CFP: "Laboratory of Dance/Dance as a Vantage Point", July 1-3, 2020, Łódź, Poland

31 December, 2019 by Tomasz Ciesielski | 0 comments

CFP: "Laboratory of Dance/Dance as a Vantage Point", July 1-3, 2020, Łódź, Poland

International Symposium "Laboratory of Dance/Dance as a Vantage Point", July 1-3, 2020, Łódź, Poland

International Symposium "Laboratory of Dance/Dance as a Vantage Point"

July 1-3, 2020, University of Łódź, Poland




Invited Speakers:
Scott Delahunta (Coventry University)
Pil Hansen (University of Calgary)
Rudi Laermans (KU Leuven)

Organizing Committee:
Tomasz Ciesielski (University of Łódź)
Sandra Frydrysiak (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities )
Klara Łucznik (Plymouth University)
Mariusz Bartosiak (University of Łódź)
Jacek Owczarek (Academy of Music in Łódź)
Mikołaj Raczyński (University of Warsaw)
Witold Wachowski (Centre for Philosophical Research)


Organizing Institutions:

● Faculty of Philology, University of Łódź

● Academy of Music in Łódź

● Institute of Music and Dance

● Polish Association of Creative Strategies


● Avant Project / Centre for Philosophical Research


Due to its rooting in the primary experience of movement and action, dance very easily interacts with other forms of art. It crosses and expands its recognizable forms. At the same time, by significant and progressive overlapping with the visual, new media, participatory art, it modifies them and provokes looking at them through concepts such as choreography. As such, dance demands today new approaches that take into account its emergent, dynamic and transgressive characteristics. Many of the latest dance research is inspired by insights from ​​contemporary cognitive science and/or reinterpretations of classical phenomenology. At the same time, a growing body of research is situated on the border of dance practice and theory and takes up the challenge of combining traditional methodologies with creative strategies directly derived from artistic practice. Moreover, new modes of dance research increasingly make use of new media and virtual reality in particular, which allows the creation of immersive spaces for experiencing movement and physicality from otherwise inaccessible perspectives. These contexts create an inter/multi/transdisciplinary matrix that has the potential to create new research perspectives that go far beyond performing arts. However, due to its (pre)liminal nature, these and related trends raise also significant methodological issues. Along with promoting this type of interdisciplinary research, strategies to tackle and overcome these new challenges are the primary thematic focus of the symposium.

In addition, the conference wants to explore the fact that similarly to theatre, ritual and game, dance can be an imaginative and rhetorical source of cognitive metaphors for describing life and reality in their various dimensions. Perhaps the interpretative possibilities opened up by dance have more potential than the discontinuous dramatic imagery or torn apart by the representation-reality dichotomy theatrical imagery, that co-create the horizon of the so-called performative turn? This is for instance suggested by the prominent presence of dance in the mythical and religious imaginary, wherein it appears as: the dynamic principle of reality, the vehicle for the transformation of the phenomenal view of the world, as passion dance, and maybe even as an allegory of salvation.

Despite their establishment in different theoretical-imaginary spaces, we hypothesize that these threads are connected and can be recognized as manifestations of one broader intellectual and experiential trend. Therefore, we suggest looking at those existing and potential links between both lines in interdisciplinary research contexts, which will allow us to recognize and verify the scope of a potential dance and choreographic turn.


In particular, but not exclusively, the symposium wants to address issues such as:

– The potential of the cognitive sciences (including 4E approaches) and/or renewed modes of phenomenology (e.g heterophenomenology, front-loaded phenomenology, etc.) in furthering and methodologically underpinning the exchange between theory-driven research and dance practices.

– Dance as a flexible and transgressive form – the use of creative practices derived from dance and choreography as research methods and tools.

– Critical analysis of terminology and tools used at the intersection of theory and contemporary dance or chorographical research.

– Dialogue of PaR and cognitive sciences as a source of methodological responses to experiential and dynamic qualities of dance. 

– Cognitive anthropology as a methodological project addressing the issue of dance experience.

– Differences and bridges between the knowledge generated by dance practice and scientific discourse.

– Virtual and augmented reality as a source for dance research and creative strategies.

– Concepts of embodiment related to AR and VR and their impact on dance research.

– Interdisciplinary developments in contemporary dance research.

– The potential of dance as a metaphor for describing our dynamic cultural reality and for stimulating an interdisciplinary dialogue between the humanities and the biomedical or natural sciences.

– Examples of effective and methodologically disciplined use of dance and choreography as a metaphor or imaginary order in fields of science other than those directly related to culture.

– Dance as a primordial figure (subject, formal rationale, structuring principle, etc.) in the visual arts and literature, in architecture and urban planning, and increasingly also in various sorts of scientific texts in diverse domains,

– Theoretical-conceptual models that (may) effectively inform and order in research the relations between dance practice, aesthetics and scientific discourses.

– Critical analysis of terminology and tools used at the intersection of theory and contemporary dance or chorographical research.

Deadline for submission is February 29, 2020.  Submission guidlines may be found on the website:

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