Midwifing Transitions: The Labour of Publishing in the History of Dance and Dance Studies in Canada
Taking Canadian dance and dance studies as a composite subculture born from an embodied, oral practice, this performative essay brings a media studies lens and feminist perspective to bear on a recent history of dance writing and publishing in Canada. On the premise that both public congress and mediated discourse contribute to the constitution of communities and the flow of ideas, this research maps some of the individual and organizational vectors that run through the field over time—marking a provisional genealogy. It allows us to ask such questions as: How have these vectors in part configured the field as we know it today? How have the related forces and flows helped crystallize the issues that face us now? What (and who) might remain unrecognized in the gaps and interstices between these vectors? My goal is to recognize and critically frame a labour that has, in itself, played a role in midwifing the field of dance studies in this country.
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