2023 Call for Submissions





SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  April 03, 2023                                                                                            PUBLICATION DATE:  January 20, 2023

Guest Editors: 

Akhila Vimal C., Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

A.P. Rajaram, Assistant Professor, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, India

Debanjali Biswas, TaPRA Fellow, Showtown History Centre, UK


The World Dance Alliance (WDA) announces a call for original scholarly articles and performance reviews for Volume 8 of the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS), from emerging scholars in the discipline of dance. Authors must be currently pursuing a graduate degree (M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., or equivalent) or be within five years of having graduated (the degree does not need to be in dance, but the article must be focused on dance as an evolving discipline).  


Manuscripts should contribute innovative scholarship into contemporary or historical dance, research methodologies, critical choreographic analysis, ethnographic studies, pedagogical practices, or other topics opening insights into the field of dance studies. Research should be original and supported by outside resources. Research engaging participants must show compliance with Institutional Human Participants Review procedures.


The Moving Body, Identity, Non-Human Interactions

The JEDS 2022-23 volume ponders issues of identity, knowledge of the moving/dancing body and how non-human conditions shape the path of dance. The guest editors invite original contributions on three themes responding to ongoing questions within the discipline that reaffirm and amplify subjectivities, ideologies, methodologies, micro-histories such as: what are we dancing, why is our dance essential, what draws us to dance, and how do we think and write about our dance? Contributions are invited to address, but not limited to -

The moving/dancing body has long been the subject of evolving pedagogy of dance. The body is the text itself, or a tool or analysed as both. Topic I invites contributions that illuminate a range of phenomenologies to explore questions on the dancing/moving body in performance and the environing world. Scholarship that delves into theoretical perspectives, embodiment studies, personal experiences or reflections that reveal insight arising from practice, movement as a way of knowing, body perceiving reality through tactile senses, community knowledge and ensemble performance, relationship of movement and feeling – are encouraged.

Topic II invites contributions focusing on dance and its connection to the idea of identity. Bringing together various dance narratives and perspectives on dancing identities and dances with identities, this topic focuses on identity as an important construct that complicates and enables the study of dance through prisms of caste, gender, ability, ethnicity, area, nation, and self. In fact, a further layering of dimensions and combinations beyond classical dance canon and classical bodies in dance are particularly welcome.

With that with the body as an instrument of dance, what happens when nonhuman elements serve as inalienable points of reference? Topic III calls for research that articulates human-non-human interactions within the ambit of dance, choreography, corporeality. This theme encourages re-thinking of various non-human conditions that impact dances, dancers and dance knowledge such as: dance and climate relations, machinery, artificial intelligence, care and disease, archives and collections, but also facilitate (un)learning on dance’s relation to site, sound, spirituality and belief, animality and anthropomorphism.


JEDS issue XI-X welcomes –

  1. Academic essays on the three special topics, ranging between 5,000-6,000 words.
  2. Contributions on COVID-19 and Pandemic recovery, including photo-essays and video-essays of up to 3,000 words from scholars and practitioners
  3. Additionally, JEDS will continue with Reviews of Books and Performances from emerging scholars ranging between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Contributors are requested to email the pitches for reviews to the editors first.

All submissions are double blind peer reviewed. A maximum of eight articles will be selected for the publication. Articles are selected based on originality of research and the contributions each makes to the future of dance praxis (theory and practice).


Performance Reviews

All submissions are double blind peer reviewed. A maximum of six reviews shall be selected for each of the volumes. Performance reviews are included to encourage emerging scholars from diverse backgrounds of dance practice and research to contribute original reviews of dance/dance-theatre/ site specific performance/community performance and other different genres. Performance reviews shall be selected on the basis of the photograph (at least 1 and at the most 3) and the quality of the critical performance analysis presented by the author.

JEDS is published online (https://www.jedsonline.in) as an open access resource and linked through the World Dance Alliance Website (http://www.wda-ap.org/).  Articles and performance reviews are selected to ensure a diverse representation of global dance scholarship is included in each publication.


Each submitting author must show proof of membership in World Dance Alliance before the article can be reviewed and edited. Please mail us at JEDSsubmissions2020@gmail.com for the details on WDA Asia Pacific membership. After becoming the member kindly attach copy of receipt of the 2023 – 2024 receipt of membership payment made.


Guide for Contributors to Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS)

             All manuscripts will be checked with software programs to detect plagiarism.

Submissions must comply with the following procedures:

  • Clearly state JEDS SUBMISSION – ARTICLE or PERFORMANCE REVIEW in the subject line of your email.
    • Title page with your name and manuscript title
    • Status and name of institutional affiliation (current graduate student institutional status or number of years since graduation with current institutional employment or name of institution granting degree)
    • Current contact information (email address, home address, phone).
    • Create a separate page for Abstract (100 – 150 words) and biographical information (not more than 100 words). Include current evidence of expertise in the topic of the article and graduate school affiliation.
    • Include 4-5 keywords
    • For performance reviews include:
      • Name of the performance reviewed
      • Name of Organisation / Individuals (Choreographer/performers)
      • Date and location of performance
    • Make a separate file for your article or performance review. Do not put your name on it. Please embed all photos with title and credit in the body of the text.
    • Include the 100-150 word abstract
    • Include 4-5 key words
    • For performance reviews include:
      • Name of the performance reviewed
      • Name of Organisation / Individual (Choreographer/performers)
      • Date and location of performance
    • Include your manuscript
    • Ensure you include page numbers


    • Complete the Affirmation Statement Form assuring that the submission has not been published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere along with a statement that you are a WDA member, and of what region. Submit a scanned copy. 
    • Submit a scanned receipt of the WDA membership payment with your submission.


Articles format for submission

Manuscripts should be typewritten in 12-point Arial Font, double-spaced with one-inch margins, and only left margin justification. Manuscripts should have a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 7,000 words (not including references). Please use APA (6th) referencing style. All manuscripts must be submitted in English at this time.


For APA guidelines, see: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ or http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/02/ for specifics


Performance Reviews

The written review should be typewritten in 12-point Arial Font, double-spaced with one-inch margins, and only left margin justification. Review manuscripts should have a minimum of 1200 word and maximum of 2000 words. The review should contain between 1-3 relevant, high definition photographs, titled and credited clearly. Please use APA (6th) referencing style if necessary. All manuscripts must be submitted in English at this time.


Visual materials

All visual materials for articles and performance reviews must be submitted in digital form: 1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for photographs; TIFF or JPEG are the preferred formats.  All visuals must be embedded within the text. Authors must obtain permission to publish illustrative materials if by individuals other than themselves and include this information under each visual.

The World Dance Alliance copyrights each issue of the journal as a collective work; individual authors retain rights to their individual works.  Authors have the right to republish their work, but must give credit to the JEDS original publication.


If you have questions, or would like to make a submission

Please email: JEDSsubmissions2020@gmail.com