ISSN: 17571871
Online ISSN: 1757188X  
First published in 2009
2 issues per volume
Current Issue:
Volume 8 / Issue 2 Free Issue
Volume: 6 | Issue: 1
Call for Papers

Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Issue 9.1, Bodily Undoing: Somatics as Practices of Critique

(published January, 2017)

Edited by Thomas Kampe and Kirsty Alexander

Deadline for full articles: 1st May 2016

Bodily Undoing: Somatics as Practices of Critique

The transdisciplinary discourse of dance and somatic practices has moved beyond the state of identifying the field.

This special issue of JDSP calls for papers that explore and expose the socially and culturally transformative potential of somatics and somatic-informed performance practices. Somatic practices are processes of undoing existing patterns so that new ones can emerge. How can this undoing be extended beyond the body of the individual to the body politic or the social body? How might we construct somatics as practices of critique that might contribute to an alternative social imaginary?

Submissions might:

Self reflectively critique the field of somatics or ones individual practice within that, in relation to the possibility of social change

Explore the application of somatic practices as subversive modalities of interacting with the world in other fields or disciplines

Explore emancipatory possibilities through foregrounding somatic experience

Unpack the historical roots of somatic practices in relation to wider critical cultures

Examine the political reverberations of somatically informed performance practice

Explore the socio-cultural or political potential of touch based practices

Examine non reductionist and embodied modes of thought provoked by somatic practices

Question cultural hierarchies and structures of power within and / or through somatic practices

(this list is exemplary only and by no means exhaustive of the possibilities)

Whilst scholarly articles are particularly encouraged, we welcome a range of other modes of submission, all subject to peer review. Please see the guidelines for further details.


Please include article title, abstract (200 words), keywords and full article. In another document, please include authors name and affiliation, biography (200 words), postal and email address. Please submit in Word format.

Guidelines: and

Artists pages: Please submit a pdf with how you wish the article to appear in print, along with text (Word) and any images (tiff/jpeg/pdf, 300dpi) attached separately in the same email.

All submissions should be sent direct to:

Hetty Blades:

Enquiries about content to : or


Issue 8.2, Open Call Issue (due for publication December 2016)

Deadline for Full Papers: 28 February 2016
Send submissions to editorial assistant Hetty Blades  ac1417 [@]
We invite submissions for the next open call issue, on topics in the field of dance and somatic practices.
Themes might include:
*The pedagogical philosophy of somatics and how this might be seen to challenge or negate dominant approaches to learning and creativity

*The history of somatic practices

*The current application of somatics to dance/performing arts training and education

*The aesthetic implications of working with/from a somatic understanding

*The ‘body’ as a site of discourse in western culture, the influence of eastern cultures on notions of embodiment and how somatic practices challenge/collude with these ideas.
Standard articles will be in the range of 4000-6000 words. A more flexible approach may be possible for other formats and styles of submission but contributors need to work within the existing Journal design template (a free to view issue is available on the Intellect website as illustration). If a contributor wants to deviate from the template it must be discussed with Hetty Blades first and prior to submission. 
Notes for Contributors (click for file)

Guidance Notes (click for file)


Issue 8.1, Embodiment, Interactivity and Digital Performance (published March, 2016)

Edited by Tamara Ashley with Rachel Cherry and Luke Pell

Deadline for Proposals: 1st December 2014
Deadline for Full Papers: 30th March 2015

Proposal Submissions: Please include title, abstract/description of contribution (250-500 words), keywords and bibliography. In another document, please include author’s name and affiliation, biography (200 words), postal and email address. Please submit in Word format.

The special issue on Embodiment, Interactivity and Digital Performance explores questions, dialogues and themes emerging from the 2014 dancedigital Festival. Becoming more pervasive and diverse, digital dance practices propose new understandings of embodiment in which the practitioner negotiates a complex configuration of individual biological, experiential, social and technological data. What might be somatic experiences of these flows of information and energy that occur between and through the biological, experiential, social and the technological? Additionally, digital dance practices can encourage a mobility of collaborations across the disciplines that bring together the expertise, vision and innovation of artists, technologists, scientists and users in the creation of new art works.
We invite scholarly and artistic contributions to an exciting issue that will explore these discourses of embodiment, somatic experiences and the feeling of what happens in movement practices in a wide range of digital and interactive performance contexts.
Contributions might address the following questions and sub-themes of investigation:

Embodying Interactive Systems: Interactive stages create design systems that choreograph bodies, light and sound. How do these configure the embodied experiences of the dancer and the choices of the choreographer? What ways of knowing emerge from performance thinking and technological thinking?
Augmented reality and embodying public space:
Sensory technologies have the potential to re-organise and re-invent our experiences of the public space. The city can be re-configured as a play space of multiple reactive surfaces, textures and sounds that transform experiences of mobility and ambulation in time, space and body.

Audience Experiences of Embodiment: Interactive designs have the potential to engage audiences in new ways, sometimes incidentally, sometimes by invitation and sometimes by intervention. How do performance makers understand the role of the audience?

Changing Mobilities: How are new movement spaces of access and participation opened by the harnessing of digital technologies? How does the social create access to movement and participation in digital practices? What modes of embodiment are articulated in digital performance and how do they change perceptions of mobility?

Digital Futures: How will future generations create and participate in artwork? What will be the interests of future artists? What skills and training might prepare the next generation of digital dance artists?

Collaboration and Community Building: What is the nature of collaboration in digital performance and in the design and implementation of interactive performance systems? How do performance systems, scores and codes facilitate communication and what are the qualities of communities of practice? What are relationships between performance making and community building? How do artists and audiences navigate biological, experiential, social and technological information in performance contexts? How do contemporary performance practices address issues of collaboration, ownership, data, privacy and sharing?

Archiving and Access: How do digital archives affect audience experiences of dance? How are embodied knowledges communicated and transformed in the digital archiving process? How might the artist offer an accessible live archive of practice? What creative strategies can be used to facilitate meaningful audience engagements with archives and online performances?

Guidelines: Essays should be 4000-6000 words.
Shorter artistic reflections, conversations, poetry and provocations will also be considered.
Visual essays are encouraged.

Contributors need to work within the existing Journal template in terms of design and lay-out (see free issue). More playful contributions are welcomed, particularly those that include images, but if a contributor has a particular idea in mind that might deviate from the template they must contact Emma Meehan first to discuss the possibilities and prior to submitting a contribution that is necessarily dependent on a lay-out that deviates from the template.

Artist’s pages: Please submit a pdf with how you wish the article to appear in print, along with text (Word) and any images (tiff/jpeg/pdf, 300dpi) attached separately in the same email.

All proposals, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to Emma Meehan:

Issue-related enquiries should be directed to the issue editor:

Download the JDSP Notes for Contributors

Download the call for issue 6.2 (On contact and improvisation)

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.


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