Leeds, Reino Unido, 22 y 23 de mayo de 2015. Organizado por el Centro de Estética de Leeds y la Sociedad Británica de Estética, este congreso interdisciplinar se centra en el análisis filosófico de la improvisación en danza. Envío de resúmenes hasta el 1 de febrero de 2015.


Motion, serie de fotografías de larga exposición de Bill Wadman.

May 22-23, 2015, University of Leeds, UK

Sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics at Leeds and the British Society of Aesthetics

Keynote Speakers/
Renee M. Conroy (Philosophy, Purdue-Calumet; Fulbright Scholar in Dance, Roehampton, from Jan. 2015)
Vida Midgelow (Performing Arts, Middlesex University)
Barbara Gail Montero (Philosophy, CUNY)

bill-wadman-7-32The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds, with the support of the British Society for Aesthetics and in collaboration with Improvisation Exchange Leeds, is pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary and participatory conference on the philosophical issues raised by dance improvisation.

Improvisation is a fundamental element of contemporary dance: in addition to being a popular mode of practice across many forms of contemporary dance, it is central to the postmodern dance form of contact improvisation, and it is an important topic of investigation in contemporary dance research. However, improvisation in dance has been largely neglected in the philosophical investigation of improvisation in the arts, which has focused mostly on music, especially jazz improvisation.

Our conference aims to start filling this lacuna by integrating the scholarly and academic perspective (both in philosophy and dance studies) with the practitioners’ experience and viewpoint. To this end, our conference will incorporate traditional academic talks along with practical and performance elements.

We invite talk proposals on any topic that is relevant to the conference theme. Please send an abstract (450-500 words) suitable for anonymous review as an attachment to danceimprovisationphil@gmail.com, and include in the main text of the email the following: paper title, contact information, and current affiliation.

Talks that include performative elements and/or videos are welcome, but not required. In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30-40 minute presentation.

Members of traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and junior scholars are warmly encouraged to apply. We aim to be a family-bill-wadman-8-22friendly and child-friendly conference and we will do our best to help with childcare needs.

Further questions can be directed to Aaron Meskin and Sara Protasi, the conference co-organizers, at: danceimprovisationphil@gmail.com

Submission deadline/ February 1, 2015