Dance alumni launch online research journal

Mōtiō, a postgraduate journal for dance practice and research, launched today [3 February] under the auspices of Roehampton’s Department of Dance.

Posted: 3 February 2015

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Front cover of Mōtiō, Roehampton’s new alumni-produced postgraduate journal for dance practice and research. Photograph © Jonas Radtke

Edited by three graduates of Roehampton's Dance MA programme, Mōtiō is a peer-reviewed, open-access periodical aimed at publishing work by postgraduate students and early career researchers and practitioners.

The new journal is the brainchild of lead editor Ryan Rockmore, who gained his MA (Distinction) in Dance Anthropology in 2014. He was the student representative on the MA programme board that year and decided to use the role 'to tackle something big', he said. In proposing the journal to the board, Rockmore argued that interesting research takes place at postgraduate level, but students have few outlets for publishing their work.

Rockmore said, 'There is a lot of work out there that might not be at the highest level required of professional publications, but is fascinating, sparks new conversations, and shows the complexity of research in dance. Mōtiō harnesses this engaging and dynamic research'.

'Mōtiō', pronounced with the accent on the first 'o', is the Latin word for 'motion'. The inaugural issue contains articles examining gender relations in Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring, the relationship between choreographic scores and digital media, the choreographer from the archivist’s position, and contemporary queer activism in the Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

Contributors include PhD students from Coventry University, Edith Cowen University, and the University of Wolverhampton, as well as a student from the Choreomundus master's course, which Roehampton runs in conjunction with three other European universities.

The new journal has two associate editors: Kyle Bukhari, who was a Fulbright student last year, and Hakan Redjep, who is a visiting lecturer. Both gained an MA (Distinction) Dance Studies from Roehampton.

Mōtiō’s peer review panel is drawn from Roehampton master's and doctoral students as well as established academics from leading institutions internationally. Dr Anna Pakes, Senior Lecturer at Roehampton Dance, is the advisory editor and has supported the three editors in their journey from original idea to launch.

Dr Ann R. David, Head of Dance, said, 'Roehampton's Department of Dance is pleased to have provided start-up funding for Mōtiō, which has the exciting vision to provide a space for voices not typically published in existing scholarly journals. The three editors are to be congratulated on a strong first issue'.

View the first issue of Mōtiō at www.motiojournal.org/first-issue.

Next week, both Rockmore and Bukhari will represent Roehampton in a New York Showcase Event organised by the London Universities International Partnership, where they will perform a new work choreographed by Bukhari.

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