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Call for Papers: Dance around the World Textbook

Wednesday, February 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Sturgis
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Dance around the World Textbook: Call for papers

Human Kinetics Publishing has commissioned Lynn E. Frederiksen and Shih-Ming Li Chang (authors of Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond, Wesleyan University Press 2016) to develop a college-level textbook on world dance.  The project includes a print and e-book text with supplementary web-based materials designed to introduce a range of world dance cultures from the insiders’ perspectives. We seek contributors to share their knowledge in a way that helps students engage with dance from new cultural viewpoints, moving beyond the perspectives of western dance into true cross-cultural understanding.  The book will be organized in 5 regions (Americas and Caribbean; Europe and Russia; Africa and Middle East; Asia; Australia and Oceania) with 4-7 chapters per section for a total of about 30 chapters in the book. Our hope is that range of chapters/cultures in each section will illustrate the key factors affecting dance across the given region.

Contributors would be asked to provide the following:

  1. A chapter manuscript 20-30 pages long (5,000-7,500 words) about the dances from your culture, guided by a series of questions that we would provide.
  2. Access to and/or suggestions for photographs and illustrations to accompany the chapter.
  3. Suggestions of and links to supplementary materials (videos, other publications, etc.) for the web-based supplement.

What we offer in return for your contributions:

  1. For each chapter, Human Kinetics will offer compensation in the amount of $300 USD or the equivalent in Human Kinetics products.
  2. Human Kinetics will assist in obtaining photographs and illustrations.
  3. Human Kinetics will assist with translation, as needed.
  4. Human Kinetics will employ a dance pedagogue to develop the web-based teaching resource shaped by your recommendations for materials relevant to your chapter.
  5. As author of a chapter within this book, your name would be highlighted, and through the publication and promotion of the book we would help to publicize your other works (books, articles, performances, workshops, etc.).

If you are interested in contributing your knowledge to this project, and/or have suggestions of others who might be interested in collaborating on this work, please contact us at culturesofdance@gmail.com, or by phone:  Country code 1+614-832-2854.

 We will right away send you detailed guidelines on the format and content that we seek for the chapters of the textbook. We welcome any additional suggestions on these guidelines as they relate to your specific culture.

Lynn E. Frederiksen                                       Shih-Ming Li Chang李式敏                          

Department of Visual and Performing Arts    Chair, Theater and Dance Department          

Adjunct Professor of Theater Arts                  Associate Professor of Dance                        

Clark University                                              Wittenberg University                                              

950 Main Street                                               905 Woodlawn Ave.                                                 

Worcester, MA 01610                                    Springfield, OH 45501                                  

culturesofdance@gmail.com                          schang@wittenberg.edu                                  

lfrederiksen@clarku.edu                                   1+614-832-2854

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