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Dance Studies Association 

October 15-18, 2020

Simon Fraser University/ Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Ahalya Satkunaratnam and Allana Lindgren (program co-chairs), Peter Dickinson (local arrangements chair)

Vancouver, located on the unceded territories of the Musqueum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, has long been a site of occupation, exchange, defiance and resilience. From time immemorial, it has been a location of trade and traversal across coastal Indigenous communities of the Pacific and, in more recent centuries, a place where diverse cultures from across the world have encountered each other and interacted through colonial pathways and settlement. Vancouver is a site of Indigenous and international relationships. It is a site of resistance to uneven development, neoliberal markets, colonial laws, and to exclusion. 

At this conference in Vancouver, the first DSA gathering in Canada, we invite presenters to explore dance and activism in localized and transcultural settings, and to share their strategies for productive change on the stage, street, screen and within the academy. In the same way that Vancouver serves as a powerful and complex example of both vexing histories and determined hope, we encourage participants to demonstrate how dance in other places intervenes in a range of issues, including race relations, gender-related rights, and land disputes. At the same time, the trend to commodify activism carries the potential for cultures of transformation to be appropriated into structurers of power and domination. In this gathering we wish to share the frameworks of dancing and dance scholarship that provide space for optimism, activism, and social movement.

Abstract Submissions will be accepted until February 17, 2020 at 12noon CST.  Decisions will be announced in mid-April. Accepted presenters will need to confirm their attendance (and update membership status) by May 29, 2020.

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The conference hotel is just a seven-minute walk from the Waterfront Station terminus of the Canada Line rail link to the Vancouver airport and a fifteen-minute walk from Simon Fraser University's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, where evening performances and related conference programming will take place.

Exiting Waterfront Station from its south entrance (the one closest to the back of the train) onto Granville Street, turn left onto Hastings Street and walk west for four blocks until you reach the Pinnacle (1133 West Hastings, between Thurlow and Bute Streets). To get to SFU's Goldcorp Centre from the hotel walk east along Hastings Street for nine blocks, until you cross Cambie Street; the entrance to the Goldcorp Centre is at 149 West Hastings, underneath the big red SFU sign.

Pinacle Hotel - Vancouver

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront features rooms with stunning harbour and city views, a bar and bistro offering first-class cuisine, a panoramic Vistas lounge where our opening reception will be held, complimentary high-speed WiFi, free bike rentals, pet-friendly rooms, and a fitness centre and pool. Steps from the city's famous seawall, the hotel is also close to the urban oasis of χwaýχwәý/Stanley Park and is surrounded by numerous restaurants, shops and amenities.

Reservation information will be available February 2020.

1133 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3, Canada