REED COLLEGE: Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Studies, .5 FTE

The Reed College Dance Department invites applications for a half-­‐time, one-­‐year visiting position in Dance Studies, beginning Fall 2014.  A search to fill the position on a continuing basis will take place in 2014-­‐15. Salary is competitive, including benefits and support for travel and research.

The successful candidate would teach three courses over two semesters, including an introductory dance history course, a junior seminar and a course in the appointee’s area of speciality. As a small, collaborative department, members of the dance faculty also contribute to the supervision of undergraduate theses and production of events with students and visiting artists. Our pedagogy emphasizes the integration of theory and practice; though focused in dance studies, the ideal candidate would seek to enhance work in the classroom with embodied activities. Above all, we seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, a lively intellectual engagement with the field and an interest in furthering the development of a vital and diverse curriculum. Ideal candidates will have Ph.D. in hand or A.B.D. by the start of the appointment, though candidates with M.F.A.s will be considered.  Information on the department is available at

Reed College is a small, distinguished liberal arts institution committed to
excellence in teaching and scholarship. Reed students are known for their oustanding intellectual engagement and creativity. Reed’s new Performing Arts Building, opened in Fall 2013, provides a vital facility for new initiatives in the performing arts and for fostering interdisciplinary opportunities across the college. Portland, Oregon has a thriving artistic community, numerous dance companies, a major dance presenting organization and an international performing arts festival.

Reed College is a community that believes cultural diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your application materials, we welcome a description of how you would engage and sustain the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in Reed College’s diversity statement (

Please send an application letter, CV, sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation to . Review of applications will begin April 18, 2014.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Carla Mann, chair of the search committee, at An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed College values diversity and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.


CFP ASTR Conference Session: Performing the Boundaries Between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies


Susan Manning, Northwestern University –

Nadine George-Graves, University of California, San Diego –

Ira S. Murfin, Northwestern University –

Continuing the work of the 2012 session Working Between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies, this session builds on an institutional history within ASTR of both integrating theatre and dance studies and seeking to distinguish the boundaries between them. Following the earlier session, as well as ASTR’s 2010 joint meeting with the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), which saw the establishment of awards supporting intersections of theatre and dance scholarship, and in anticipation of the new Oxford Handbook of Theatre and Dance edited by session co-convener Nadine George-Graves, we look to deepen and expand the conversation between these distinct but intertwined fields.

We ask: How do the frames of theatre and dance studies perform different understandings of history, practice, and pedagogy? We hope papers will look to the historical record to include topics that predate recent interdisciplinary tendencies. At the same time, we hope that the session will not only prompt papers on practices that incorporate recognizable elements of the two disciplines, but also inventive scholarly initiatives that broadly apply methodologies synthesized from both fields. Possible areas of inquiry might include:

  •  How dance and theatre are positioned differently and taught differently within academic institutions.
  • Interpretations of ‘dance-theatre’ in different contexts.
  • Comparative topics in theatre and dance (e.g., verfremdungseffekt in the theatre of Bertolt Brecht and the dance of Valeska Gert.)
  • Historically multi-disciplinary forms (e.g., opera, court entertainments.)
  • Elements of theatre and dance as experimental interventions within each other’s traditions (e.g., Lecture performance in dance; movement-based theatre.)
  • Applications of theatre studies to a figure or topic from dance history, or vice versa (e.g., theatre studies perspectives on Pina Bausch or Martha Graham; a dance studies analysis of Ibsen.)
  • How methods and terminology used in the production of theatre and dance differently affect scholarship (e.g., play text/dance scenario; revival/reconstruction; approaches to dramaturgy.)

Participants will be divided into smaller groups of 5-7 people, organized to encourage exchange across topics and perspectives. By October 15, participants will submit their papers (<15 pgs) to their group’s online forum. In the weeks leading up to the conference participants will offer feedback and discuss themes, questions, and points of disjunction that emerge within the groups. During the 2-hour time slot, participants will first break up into their groups to continue the pre-conference discussion. We will reconvene to share our findings and make connections across groups in the second half of the meeting, reserving time for questions and participation from observers.

We are establishing this as a biennial group focused on approaching intersections in the study, practice, and teaching of theatre and dance from a wide range of perspectives. We encourage both new participants and those returning from the 2012 session to submit proposals to continue the group’s work. We are particularly interested in papers focused on historical objects of study, as well as proposals that inventively cross disciplinary divides, though we are open to all relevant topics.

Proposals are invited from scholars at all levels in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief bio, due June 1st, 2014. Please submit your proposal as an email attachment to: Ira S. Murfin at Selected participants will be notified in June and must register for and attend the ASTR conference in Baltimore November 20th -23rd.

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  2. Dear All, I hope that someday there will be a Dance Studies Seminar for Dance Scholars and Dance Artists who have been working in the field for some time but also need to be enriched, provoked (positively), and challenged in this kind of concentrated way. I would love to hear more about these seminars and postdocs and especially any insights on this “in/and” Humanities.
    Best Wishes and thank you all so much for so much work! Brava

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