topographies of dance — ancient and modern

We warmly invite you to join us for Topographies of Dance — Ancient and Modern, to be held at Brown University on May 5 and 6, 2023. This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars of the ancient Mediterranean and the Americas to explore the relationship between dance and place, as manifested in a range of time periods, regions, and cultural contexts. 

·      Why do people dance in the places where they do? 
·      How do the places where they dance impact or inform their movements? 
·      How do performers, in turn, transform places by dancing? 
·      What does place add to dance and vice-versa? 
·      How do dancers engage with historical and mythical spaces?

In addition to a set of talks and responses, the conference will feature a presentation and reception to celebrate the opening of When Women Fly: Voladoras in Cuetzalan del Progreso, Mexico, an exhibition of photographs by Valeria Luongo.

Please feel free to join us for any or all of the talks (3-6pm May 5, 9-11am and 12-2pm May 6) and/or the opening (6-7:30pm, May 5). See the full schedule here.

This event, organized by Felipe Rojas and Sarah Olsen (Williams College), is co-sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, the Program in Early Cultures, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Brown University. 

Full Schedule