The First Session of Asia-Pacific Dance Dialogues!

First Steps Towards Publication, for Emerging Dance Scholars

If you’re an emerging dance scholar, placing your first publication in a respected peer-reviewed journal can seem like an impossible hurdle. Which journals are appropriate for your topic? What are the processes for submitting a paper? What can you expect after your paper is accepted? And where do you go from there?

Join dance scholars Sumedha Bhattacharyya (India) and Shanny Rann Chuah (Malaysia) in an online discussion as they share their experience of publishing articles in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship. Emerging scholar Al Bernard Garcia (Philippines) will contribute his perspective from within the Southeast Asian dance academe.

Register now to join the discussion, and bring us your questions about writing for publication, working with editors, the pressure to publish, or predatory journals – get the tools you need to dance confidently towards publication!

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Participation is free. Only registered participants will receive the link to the Zoom discussion.

Moderated by Bilqis Hijjas (Malaysia) and organised with Joelle Jacinto (Philippines).

Date: Thursday 21 March
Time: 5pm NZDT, 3pm AEDT, 12 noon CST, 10am BST, 9:30am IST, 4am GMT.
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Platform: Zoom
Length of session: 90 minutes max

About the Speakers

Shanny Rann is a dance anthropologist and PhD Candidate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University (Canada). Her current research focuses on Taijiquan in diaspora from the women’s perspective. She has been training under Master Li Rong of Sanxing Taiji in Vancouver, Canada since 2016. She is also the editor of Dance Central, the founder of Choreo Dance Film Festival and the curator of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources.

Sumedha Bhattacharyya is an interdisciplinary dance artist, choreographer, researcher, and dance filmmaker. She is pursuing her PhD in Ethnomusicology in University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria), studying maternal memories and their relationship with sound and movement, in the context of mass migration and displacement. Currently a faculty member at Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, and guest faculty at Ashoka University, Barnard College for Women, Columbia University, she is teaching Screendance and Interdisciplinary seminar courses. She is also the founder of a dance film production, curation, research and educational collective initiative – Duet with Camera.

As an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, with a focus on screendance filmmaking, dance anthropology, and visual ethnography, she traveled, lived together, and collaborated with a range of forms, communities, and dance-theatre makers across local, national, and international locations. She is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awardee under Goldsmiths University (UK), for her project Water Nodes integrating motion capture technology with performance and intergenerational maternal memories.

Al Garcia is a Taiwan-based Filipino dance artist, choreographer, and educator. He received his MFA in Dance (Choreography) from Nanhua University, Taiwan and was awarded the 2024 Outstanding Alumni for Arts and Culture. He was previously a dance artist of Tjimur Dance Theatre (Taiwan). Al is a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts specializing in Philippine Folk Dance and received his diploma in dance from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. As an independent dance artist in Manila, he created choreographies for dance companies, theater productions, and cultural initiatives. Al also performs and does collaborative works in Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, USA and France. He won first prize at the WiFi Body Contemporary Dance Festival 2012 New Choreographers Competition (Philippines) and featured the winning piece at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX Showcase 2013 (Japan). His choreographies are distinct in integrating Philippine folk dance and contemporary dance idioms.

Al is also involved in education and community development work. He was part of the faculty and established the dance programs for Guang Ming College (Philipines) and Philippine High School for the Arts Senior High. He founded Guang Ming Dance Project in 2015 and is a member of the Contemporary Dance Network Manila.

Asia-Pacific Dance Dialogues explore current issues and viewpoints in dance around the region and the world, with invited dancers, choreographers, scholars and other dance practitioners. This monthly online series is hosted by World Dance Alliance chapters from the Asia-Pacific region, and reflects on topics in education and training, research and documentation, creation and presentation, and support and development.

Join us with your questions, share your unique perspectives, and strengthen your professional networks, as together we gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for dance in our world.

In 2024, these sessions are free and open to all; registration is required.