Call for Papers | “Dance, Movement, and Leisure Cultures” | Special issue of Leisure Studies. Call ends December 31, 2018

This Call for Papers seeks to develop theoretically informed knowledge of dance to produce different ways of knowing about passions, actions, practices within the economic, political, social, and cultural contexts of leisure-based dance. Much of the previous dance research in leisure studies has examined how aged, dis/abled, gendered, raced, or sexualized identities are constructed and experienced through different dance forms such as folk dance, salsa, flamenco, or social dance. While illuminating the varied social meanings of dance, there has been less focus on the dancing body in motion as a cultural force. Therefore, we invite submissions that intersect movement with socio-cultural analysis of dance—in any and all of its forms—in leisure and recreations settings with an aim to further locate dance within contemporary physical culture where dancing bodies are organized, disciplined, represented, embodied, and experienced in the operations of power. In this context, dancing bodies should be understood as complex material, social, and cultural entities whose force can be captured through methodologically innovative inquiry.

Submissions should be theoretically and/or conceptually informed and engage with the myriad ways dance movement reflects and upholds value systems, but also how dance might shape and potentially disrupt and provoke such systems in the cultural spaces of leisure scholarship, leisure-based communities, and in popular culture. We welcome submissions that approach dance movement as a physical, social, and cultural force. Ideally, submissions would draw from interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate theory and practice of dance to bring the material, moving body to the center of leisure studies scholarship.

Potential themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Theoretical explorations of the intersections of the dancing body as a material and cultural entity;
    • Innovative qualitative methodologies for studying dance movement;
    • Critical analyses of dance training in leisure-based dance;
    • Performance and performativity in leisure-based dance;
    • Mediated dance movement as a leisure activity;
    • Theory informed explorations of dance movement for all ages;
    • Dance competitions as social and physical performances in leisure and recreation settings;
    • Theoretical interventions in studying lived experiences of dancing in leisure and recreation settings;
    • Experiences of embodied enjoyment in leisure-based dance;
    • Lived experiences of teaching dance in leisure and recreation settings;
    • Socio-cultural analyses of music as an aspect of dance as a leisure activity;
    • Aesthetics of dance movement in other leisure and recreation practices (e.g., sport, exercise, action sports, martial arts);
    • Leisure-based dance in the intersections of health, medicine, and therapy.

Submission Details

The deadline for manuscripts to be submitted is 1 November 2018. A typical manuscript for Leisure Studies should be 7,000-8,000 worlds; this limit includes, tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, and endnotes.

A typical Research Note for this journal should be 4,000-5,000 worlds.

For further details, please, visit the journal’s Instructions for Authors.


  • Call for papers: 1 November 2017
  • Submission deadline: 31 December 2018
  • Revision process manuscripts returned to authors: 31 March 2019
  • Revision process final drafts: 30 June 2019

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Pirkko Markula, University of Alberta, Canada
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