Inclusion and Intersectionality Symposium, Society for Dance Research with Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University and Candoco Dance Company

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Day 2 – Saturday 20 November
9.45-11.00am: C-DaRE

What can dance do for inclusion and intersectionality? A conversation on process and practice

Chairs: Vipavinee Artpradid and Kate Marsh
Panelists: Sarah Whatley, Rosa Cisneros and Jonathan Burrows

Dance is messy, reflective and always ‘in process’; it encourages people to be self-critical, to be in close proximity, and to question. Therefore, what can dance do for inclusion and intersectionality? This conversation will explore how dance research can contribute to the embodied, somatic, and corporeal understanding of these concepts.

Where are we now and where do we want to be? How can dance, movement, and somatic practices challenge dominant understandings of intersectionality and inclusion? How does the complexity of language limit us? How can dance and work with(in) the body attend to that which discussion and language cannot? In what ways can embodied, somatic, and corporeal research into inclusion and intersectionality contribute to deeper understandings of the concepts?

It is important for the dance sector to consider what dance has to offer to the thinking, discourse, and practices around inclusion and intersectionality. This conversation space will interrogate the principles or values that underpin understandings of inclusion and intersectionality, sharing perspectives on the roles and responsibilities involved in navigating these concepts in theory and practice.
Period20 Nov 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • dance
  • Intersectionality
  • Practice research