Online 19th-20th November 2022

PoP Moves 2022 Online Symposium 
November 19 and 20, 2022 (on Zoom)

The Final Programme is available as a PDF here!

Registration has now closed.

Call for Papers (now closed)

In response to the on-going global pandemic, popular dance practitioners and scholars have been required to make dramatic shifts of direction in their practice and research: to pivot towards the digital space. Choreographically, a pivot is a quick change of weight, position, and trajectory; practically, pivoting indexes both the innovations of popular dance within virtual environments and the agility of popular dance studies. Pivoting requires thinking on your feet and improvisational skill; pivoting steps appear in the footwork of many popular dances, thus creating an exciting ground for new explorations in popular dance. Pivoting, as an action that requires a change of orientation, may also present new perspectives, directions, and (im)mobilities. While popular dance has long been present in online spaces, the pandemic-era pivot towards digital sociality has produced a “new” landscape on which popular dance practitioners and scholars move together. 

In the wake of the profoundly disruptive global pandemic and the threat of future climate-crises, PoP Moves invites popular dance researchers to think about the pivot towards togetherness in the digital space as a creative means of redirection and reorientation. Popular dance in digital spaces has opened up possibilities for global collaboration and connection and wider reaching geographic and social scope, yet issues of access and inclusion remain. 

For our 2022 Online Symposium, PoP Moves invites traditional and non-traditional papers, roundtables, workshops, and alternative format presentations that reflect on the possibilities and limitations of digital togetherness. Papers may address, but are not limited to, some of the below questions:

– Given the now-ubiquity of shared digital space and time, how might ideas about the common or commons inform how we dance, and research dance, together? 

– How have practitioners or “practitioner-theorists” (Park and Shinhae Jun 2021) engaged virtual/digital access to global communities? What’s “new” about how popular dancers have used digital space? What new social communities have been created for popular dance? 

– How have researchers of popular dance pivoted to account for the limitations and possibilities brought about by the (re)orientation to digital space? 

– What’s “new” about researching popular dance via and about digital means? 

– How has the digital pivot affected popular dance pedagogies? What pedagogical possibilities have been created/occluded in solo, couple and group-based classes? What implications do these changes have for teaching and learning communities in popular dance?

Papers will be grouped by theme and time zone as best as possible so that people from different parts of the world can present live without losing too much sleep. Sessions will be recorded and afterwards made accessible to registered attendees and presenters. Please let the organizers know in advance if you do not want to be recorded.

How to Apply

PoP Moves welcomes proposals in the form of a paper, pre-formed panel, round table, Zoom workshop. You may also propose an “alternative” format presentation.

Please send the following information by 11:59pm (GMT) Thursday 14th of April 2022 to 

Document 1


Format: paper, pre-formed panel, round table, Zoom workshop, alternative format*

An abstract of 300 words, outlining the research area and key issues within a clearly articulated methodology

An indicative bibliography of 4-5 key texts

*Alternative formats: additional 200 words (max.) describing the proposed presentation format and time frame (see below re time frame)

Please note: The name of the speaker should not appear in document 1, as the abstracts will be blind reviewed. Please include the speaker’s name in document 2 only.

Document 2


Presenter’s name

Affiliated institution

Email address

Timezone of presenter’s location

Technical Requirements and Resources

  • Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length
  • Pre-formed panels and rountables should be 60 minutes (max.) in length
  • Lecture-demonstrations and Zoom workshops can be 45 or 60 minutes in length
  • Alternative formats can either be 20 minutes in length (to be included in a regular panel) or 45 minutes or 60 minutes (stand-alone)

Coordinating Committee

Elena Benthaus (University of Melbourne)
Rachael Gunn (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Dara Milovanovic (University of Nicosia)

Program Committee

Dr Elena Benthaus (University of Melbourne)
Dr Elizabeth June Bergman (Chair of PoP Moves Americas)
Dr Elina Djebbari (University of Nanterre, Paris)
Dr Rachael Gunn (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Dr Lucas Marie (University of Melbourne)
Dr Dara Milovanovic (University of Nicosia)
Alex Quinn (University of Roehampton Alumni, London)
Eve Robertson (York University, Toronto)

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