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April 18, 2006

2006 Dance Research Society, Taiwan [DRST] ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Dancing under the Rising Sun: Call for Papers

[Submitted by Yukihiko YOSHIDA] 2006 Dance Research Society, Taiwan [DRST] ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Dancing under the Rising Sun: The Influences of Japanese Colonialism on Dance in the Asia-Pacific Region; 8 - 10 December 2006, Taipei National University of the Arts.

What did the Japanese colonialism bring to the colonized countries in the Asia-Pacific region before the end of the Second World War? Political hegemony or modernization? Uprooted traditions or transplanted new cultures? How has this legacy of colonialism molded the dance scene in contemporary situations in various Asian countries?

As a result of the search for national identity in the postcolonial era, Taiwan's reflections on the Japanese colonial influences have continuously motivated the academic to examine the ideological and practical impacts that have intertwined with or even dominated peoples' daily lives in many aspects and on different levels. In the area of dance in particular, Japan once served as the channel for the 'new dance' formulated in Europe and America; moreover, the Japanese regime nurtured the first generation of contemporary choreographers and dance educators in Taiwan. In recent years, studies focused on this period have begun to accumulate and gained attention among the academics and dance practitioners alike.

Though many Asia-Pacific countries shared the common past of Japanese occupation before 1945, their colonial experiences were hardly a unified one. Different cultural schemes and historical courses contributed to the complexity of regional developments. This conference is the first attempt to gather, compare, exchange, and reflect on the experiences of different countries and geographic areas. Diverse and even contrasting interpretations of the influences of Japanese colonialism are expected, and will surely broaden our understanding of how human beings connect themselves to history, culture and society through dance. Dance practitioners, scholars and historians, as well as researchers in culture studies and other related social sciences, are welcome to participate in and contribute to this dialogue. The conference's themes include:

1. Colonial modernity: influences of Japanese colonialism on various dance practices and their relations to the social process blending colonization and modernization.

2. Cultural hegemony and aesthetics: the influence of Japanese hegemonic ideology on aesthetic conception which modified or formulated new genres, styles and categories of dance.

3. Gender, class and national identity: the strategic production of dances as the reflections of the newly-formed social stratification under colonialism

4. Other related topics.

The official languages of the conference are Chinese and English. Proposals
of the following forms are welcome:

1. research papers
2. theme panels
3. video/image presentations

Those who are interested in presenting should submit an abstract no more than 500 words in Chinese or English before 1 April 2006. The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the conference committee, and the result will be announced by 15 May 2006. Please fill in the attached form of submission, and send it along with the abstract by E-mail to Ya-ping Chen, PhD at ypchen@[at]nce.tnua.edu.tw. An e-mail receipt will be sent to the applicant as the confirmation of submission.

Conference Committee:

Dance Research Society, Taiwan (DRST)
Graduate School of Dance Theory, Taipei National University of the Arts # 1,
Hsueh-yuan Rd., Peitou, Taipei 112, TAIWAN

Submission Form

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Posted by jo at April 18, 2006 11:43 AM

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