The Centre for Dance Research organises an annual series of research seminars, panel discussions, and lecture demonstrations by international scholars and dance artists as well as those from the UK and Roehampton. The Centre also hosts high-profile symposia and international conferences.


CDR Events

CDR events are free and open to the public. They take place on the campus of the University of Roehampton. For more information, contact Chris Jones, research facilitator: [email protected]; 0208 392 5145.


Catholicism, masculinity, and femininity among the Tiwi of Melville Island, North Australia

Andrée Grau, Professor of the Anthropology of Dance, University of Roehampton
19 October 2016, 6.00-7.30pm, Convent Parlour, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15
Free, all welcome, no need to book

Research seminar hosted by the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing in collaboration with the Centre for Dance Research. More: www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/Digby-Stuart-Research-Centre-for-Religion-Society-and-Human-Flourishing/News-and-Events

Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2016 Blacking Lecture

An anthropological passage from the body to dance

Georgiana Gore, Professor of Anthropology of Dance and Bodily Practices, Blaise Pascal University, France
24 November 2016, 6pm for 6.30pm. Portrait Room, Grove House, Froebel College, University of Roehampton, London SW15 5PJ
Free, but booking required: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blacking-lecture-georgiana-gore-tickets-28285003206

Following Rudolf von Laban’s and Marcel Mauss’ seminal work in the 1920s and 1930s, it is commonplace in anthropological analyses of dance to think of dance as the art of movement in time and place and the body as its instrument. But what if dancing is considered to be the art of relations, a social space for the enactment of worlds past and for the invention of worlds to come? This semi-autobiographical lecture considers the ways in which the presenter’s early engagement with an anthropology of the body, inspired by French post-structuralist authors, continues to inform her current research on the dynamics of interaction in dancing. This research oscillates between an inquiry into the individual dispositions and skills constitutive of dancing in general and the analysis of concerted collective performances. Examples are drawn from diverse sources including research in the 1980s amongst the Edo of Nigeria, and more recent work on international flashmobs and modes of transmission in French contemporary dance.

Georgiana Gore is Professor of Anthropology of Dance and Bodily Practices at Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and a member of the research centre ACTé. She directs a Master’s programme in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology of Dance (EMAD) and is local convenor for the Erasmus Mundus International Masters in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage – Choreomundus. She has undertaken fieldwork in Southern Nigeria and in Europe, her research focusing mainly on dance transmission and the politics of embodiment as well as on various epistemological issues. Her publications include Anthropologie de la danse: Genèse et construction d’une discipline (with Andrée Grau 2006) as well as a forthcoming encyclopaedia contribution on the anthropology of dance also with Andrée Grau, a recent essay in the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement - JASHM (2013), and collaborative contributions to the edited collections Fields in Motion: Ethnography in the Worlds of Dance (Davida 2011) and The Interview: An Ethnographic Approach (Skinner 2012).

This annual RAI lecture is named in honour of esteemed ethnomusicologist and anthropologist John Blacking (1928-1990). The 2016 lecture is hosted by the Dance and Anthropology departments of the University of Roehampton, London. More about this lecture: www.therai.org.uk/events-calendar/eventdetail/373/-/rai-blacking-lecture-georgiana-gore


Postgraduate Symposium

PhD students in Dance organise a postgraduate symposium annually or biennially. The 2016 symposium, 'Positioning', will take place on Tuesday 17 May. Read more...


CDR Events Online


Past International Conferences

  • British Dance Institutions: Past, Present and Future (2012)
  • Thinking Through Dance: The Philosophy of Dance Performance and Practices (2011)
  • Dance History: Politics, Practices and Perspectives (2010), in collaboration with the Society for Dance Research
  • Sound Moves: An International Conference on Music and Dance (2005), in conjunction with Princeton University and the Society for Dance Research
  • Practice as Research (2003 and 2006)
  • Structures and Metaphors in Baroque Dance (2001)
  • The Politics of Dance Preservation (1997)
  • Following in Sir Fred's Steps (1994), a collaboration with the Royal Ballet

Past CDR Events

Speakers Since 2012/13

  • Gaby Agis [listen online]
  • Kirsty Alexander
  • Stefanie Alisch
  • Dr Simon Bayly
  • Nicole Beutler
  • Meytal Blanaru
  • Dr Maaike Bleeker
  • Dr Carol Brown
  • Professor Theresa Buckland
  • Dr Chifang Chao [listen online]
  • Professor Ananya Chatterjea
  • Dr Emilyn Claid
  • Dr Renee M. Conroy
  • Dr Scott deLahunta [watch online]
  • Dr Ann R. David
  • Dr David Davies
  • Dr Catherine Foley [listen online]
  • Dr Karin Eli
  • Dr Simon Ellis
  • Dr Konstantina Georgelou
  • Sheila Ghelani
  • Dr Maureen Gupta
  • Dr Helena Hammond
  • Dr Sara Houston
  • Amy Howard
  • Dr Felicia Huges-Freeland
  • Jennifer Jackson
  • Dr Jean Johnson Jones
  • Professor Stephanie Jordan
  • Dr Christina Kostoula
  • Gillie Kleiman
  • Rosemary Lee
  • Dr Tiziana Leucci
  • Dr Mary-Jo Lodge
  • Ashley McGill
  • Dr Dana Mills
  • Dr Rachel Morley
  • Dr Gay Morris
  • Dr Geraldine Morris
  • Dr Larraine Nicholas
  • Dr Edward Nye
  • Katja Nyqvist
  • Dr Silvestru Petac
  • Dr Carine Plancke [listen online]
  • Dr Nina Power
  • Dr Efrosini Protopapa
  • Kimiko Okamoto
  • Anita Ratnam
  • Dr Danielle Robinson
  • Professor Janice Ross
  • Susan Sentler
  • Dr Jonathan Skinner
  • Dr Danae Theodoridou
  • Professor Julie Van Camp