Press Release

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Dance Studies Association are excited to announce the Call for Participants for the 2019 DSA/Mellon Pre-Conference Seminar for Emergent Scholars, taking place August 7-8, 2019 at Northwestern University.

This pre-conference seminar will offer a rare opportunity for emergent scholars to receive engaged feedback on their work, to meaningfully exchange with senior scholars in the field, and to imagine new futures for dance studies.

The 2019 pre-conference seminar is the last activity of a multi-year initiative titled Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. A Mellon-funded partnership between three universities — Brown University, Northwestern University and Stanford University — Dance Studies in/and the Humanities has invested in emerging scholars in this growing field.

Accepted applicants will have their tuition covered and receive $250 to defray the cost of travel. International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from all fields that speak to or from dance studies.

Applications are due February 15, 2019

More information about the application process can be found here.

An overview of the project from 2012 to 2018 can be found here.

Dance Studies in/and the Humanities is a multi-school, multi-year initiative designed to advance the field of dance studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will appoint postdoctoral fellows in dance studies at Brown University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University from 2012-13 through 2017-18. In addition, the project will sponsor intensive week-long seminars each summer from 2012 through 2015 that will bring together the postdoctoral fellows with advanced graduate students and junior faculty to develop best practices for interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. The project aims to accelerate the current momentum toward a dynamic and vigorous (inter)discipline.