In the Space of Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Generating Ethnographic Research on Dance/Movement in Canada
This paper explores past and present academic spaces that have support ethnographic research on dance/movement in Canada. Drawing from qualitative and quantitative research, this paper examines the interdisciplinary synergies that have enabled dance/movement-based ethnographic research to flourish. Locating many such research hubs across Canada, this paper focuses on York University’s Dance Department by exploring the circumstances, theoretical and methodological orientations, curricula, departmental alliances, and individual scholars that made such research possible. Ultimately, this paper demonstrates that dance/movement ethnography is interdisciplinary in Canada with a strong socio-political and kinesthetic tradition of pedagogical, curatorial, and methodological practice, grounded in understanding movement-based experiences. These kinesthetic and socio-political aspects are catalysts for generating greater interdisciplinary contact between multiple disciplinary fields, pushing back against inwardly focused disciplinary specialization.
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