Talking Dance in HE

A conversation series

13 Nov, 11 Dec, 15 Jan 2020, 6.30-8pm

Following the larger gathering of artists working in HE at the HE Round table this September, we are hosting three focused follow-up sessions to work through key issues raised, in partnership with Dance HE and the Centre for Performance Philosophy.

These smaller gatherings allow the conversations to flourish further, foster support and solidarity in the sector, and to maintain networks. Participants sign up for all three sessions, which assures momentum, connection and continuity of process.
If this first iteration confirms that there is demand for this kind of offer, we welcome discussion about how to continue.

The fee for attendance is £10 for all three sessions; this is to cover the space hire costs.

Session 1
The Slow Professor movement
Wed 13 November, 6.30pm

Drawing from the introduction of The Slow Professor (pp 1-15), this session follows the theme from the 2019 HE Roundtable of seeking ways of not falling victim to the time pressures that institutions might impose on us.
We will discuss issues of self-care and resisting a temptation to please versus sticking to our values as educators and dance practitioners, researchers, artists, academics.

Session 2
The Seemingly Impossible Professor Status
Wed 11 December, 6.30pm

This is a panel and open discussion with current and/or emeritus professors in dance in UK HE (professors tbc). They will address questions about their career progressions, sharing ways they faced career challenges (e.g. problem-solving examples on topic of resilience), and what they think the future challenges are for working in HE. The aim is to seek clarity and transparency for academics to think through their own career trajectory.

Session 3
The future of Dance in HE
Wed 15 January, 6.30pm

Rosi Braidotti’s Posthuman Knowledge lecture offers some provocations for the future of our universities and yet is optimistic in a way that seems productive to consider in terms of how we might continue to imagine and contribute to the future of dance in HE. What would a complete re-imagining of dance in HE be?

We suggest the readings to facilitate conversation among the group. However you should not feel obliged to engage with these if they do not have the time beforehand – simply showing up is also acceptable!
Latecomers welcome