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Celebrating International Dance Day

International Dance Day (April 29) was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO. The main purpose of this day is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance. For more information please visit the official site.



Joining the celebration, we are happy to highlight our Dance and Performance Studies series, which explores dance, music, and bodily movement in cultural contexts at the juncture of history, ritual, and performance. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on our Performance Studies titles, valid for the next two weeks, through May 13th, 2020. Enter code IDD20 at checkout.

 

Dance and Performance Studies Series

 

General Editors:
Jonathan Skinner, University of Roehampton
Helena Wulff, Stockholm University
 
In all cultures, and across time, people have danced. For performers and spectators, the expressive nature of dance opens up spaces where social and political circumstances are creatively negotiated. Grounded in ethnography, this series explores dance, music and bodily movement. Read more.

 

Staging Citizenship: Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU RomaniaNEW IN PAPERBACK!
STAGING CITIZENSHIP

Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU Romania
Ioana Szeman

Based on over a decade of fieldwork conducted with urban Roma, Staging Citizenship offers a powerful new perspective on one of the European Union’s most marginal and disenfranchised communities.

Read Introduction

 


24 Bars to Kill: Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan's Social Margins24 BARS TO KILL
Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan’s Social Margins
Andrew B. Armstrong

 

Contrary to persistent depictions of an ethnically and economically homogeneous Japan, “ghetto” or “gangsta” J-hop music gives voice to the suffering, deprivation, and social exclusion experienced by many modern Japanese. 24 Bars to Kill gives a fascinating ethnographic account of this music as well as the subculture around it.

Read Introduction: A Hip Hop Introduction to Other Japans

 


Lullabies and Battle Cries: Music, Identity and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern IrelandLULLABIES AND BATTLE CRIES
Music, Identity and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern Ireland
Jaime Rollins

 

Lullabies and Battle Cries explores the relationship between music, emotion, memory, and identity in republican parading bands, with a focus on how this music continues to be utilized in a post-conflict climate.

Read Introduction: Entering the Field

 


Singing Ideas: Performance, Politics and Oral PoetrySINGING IDEAS
Performance, Politics and Oral Poetry
Tríona Ní Shíocháin

 

This provocative and richly theorized study explores the re-creative, liminal aspect of song, treating it as a performative social process that cuts to the very root of identity and thought formation, thus re-imagining the history of ideas in society.

 


COLLABORATIVE INTIMACIES IN MUSIC AND DANCE
Anthropologies of Sound and Movement
Edited by Evangelos Chrysagis and Panas Karampampas

 

This theoretically rich collection takes an ethnographic approach to understanding the collective dimension of sound and movement in everyday life, drawing on genres and practices in contexts as diverse as Japanese shakuhachi playing, Peruvian huayno, and the Greek goth scene.

Read Introduction

 


LANGUID BODIES, GROUNDED STANCES
The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance
Nandini Sikand

 

Odissi dance has transformed over the centuries from an Indian temple ritual to a transnational genre performed—and consumed—throughout the world. Building on ethnographic research in multiple locations, this book reveals the complexity of odissi as it is practiced today, at the intersection of identity, nationalism, tradition, and neoliberal economics.

Read Introduction


CHOREOGRAPHIES OF LANDSCAPE
Signs of Performance in Yosemite National Park
Sally Ann Ness

 

This original and cross-disciplinary book offers an ethnographic and performative study of Yosemite visitors in order to understand human connection with and within natural landscapes.

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IN SEARCH OF LEGITIMACY
How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition
Lauren Miller Griffith

 

“…an important study of the confluence of travel and pilgrimage, race/class/gender issues, embodiment and physical (and emotional) expertise, and the defense of tradition and of ‘lineage’-specific knowledge and identity in the context of globalization and an openness to (tradition-defined) innovation.” · Anthropology Review Database

Read Introduction

 

For a full selection of volumes in the series please visit series webpage.

Also of Interest

 

Curating Live Arts: Critical Perspectives, Essays, and Conversations on Theory and PracticeCURATING LIVE ARTS
Critical Perspectives, Essays, and Conversations on Theory and Practice
Edited by Dena Davida, Marc Pronovost, Véronique Hudon, and Jane Gabriels

 

Curating Live Arts brings together bold and innovative essays from an international group of theorist-practitioners to pose vital questions, propose future visions, and survey the landscape of this rapidly evolving discipline.

Read A Collective Introduction

 


POWER IN PRACTICE
The Pragmatic Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira
Sergio González Varela

 

Considering the concept of power in capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian ritual art form, Varela describes ethnographically the importance that capoeira leaders (mestres) have in the social configuration of a style called Angola in Bahia, Brazil.

Read Introduction

 


PERFORMING PLACE, PRACTISING MEMORIES
Aboriginal Australians, Hippies and the State
Rosita Henry

Vol. 8, SPACE AND PLACE

“Rosita Henry skillfully dissects the relations among indigenes, “locals,” incomers, and the various government Jurisdictions… [She] maintains a balanced view and succeeds in illuminating the very real difference generating conflicts that exist within an overall ‘village’ identity as a homogeneous community.” · American Ethnologist

 

 

Berghahn Journals

Full access until June 30*

 

ANTHROPOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN CULTURES

Bodies That Cannot Listen

Livia Jiménez Sedano (Vol. 28, Issue 1)

 

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST

The Changing Portrayal of Dancers in Egyptian Films: Three Roles in the Career of Tahia Carioca (1946, 1958 and 1972)

Carolina Bracco (Vol. 14, Issue 1)

 

JOURNEYS

The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

Beyond Frames: The Creation of a Dance Company in Health Care through the Journey of Brain Trauma

Jenny Elliott (Vol. 11, Issue 1)

 

MIGRATION AND SOCIETY

Advances in Research

“Windrush Generation” and “Hostile Environment”: Symbols and Lived Experiences in Caribbean Migration to the UK

Huon Wardle and Laura Obermuller (Vol. 2)

 

REGIONS AND COHESION

The cohesive and revitalizing nature of Maya dance, art, and oral history

Allison D. Krogstad (Vol. 4, Issue 1)

 

SIBIRICA

Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

Osuokhai, The Yakut Circle Dance

Angelina Lukina (Vol. 17, Issue 3)

 

SOCIAL ANALYSIS

The International Journal of Anthropology

The Ritual Experience of Continuity: Flow and Participation in Punu Twin Dancing

Carine Plancke (Vol. 56, Issue 3)

 
 
 
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