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Engagement: Symposium of Philosophy and Dance


Thursday, 8 September 2016

8:30 a.m .                               Coffee


8:45                                        Welcome


9:00 to 10:00                       KEYNOTE COMAL 116

                                                              Julie Van Camp,

           “Illuminate the Music, Dignify the Dance: Mark Morris’ Choreomusicality”

                               American Society for Aesthetics,



9:30 to 10:45               Lecture for Music and Dance Students:

Recital Hall, Patti Strickel Harrison, Performing Arts Center

                                                    Zach Finkelstein

                                              'The Middle Class Artist'

                                    Mark Morris Dance Group,


10:00 – 11:00                      KEYNOTE COMAL 116

                                                                          Anna Pakes

 “Are Dance Works Real? And Does it Matter?”

                      Dance Studies, University of Roehampton,



11:15 – 11:30 a.m.                  BREAK



11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    Keynote INTERVIEW  

Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

                                                   Mark Morris and Stephanie Jordan Interview

         followed by a Book Signing



12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                  BOX LUNCH & Book Fair & Library Resource Display

                                                                                 Comal Foyer


1:00 – 3:30 p.m.                  Submitted Papers Sessions 1


1A Comal 116

  • Karen Gover, “Stealing Moves: Plagiarism and Dance”

Philosophy Professor, Bennington College

  • Antony Shipman, “Owning up to it: On Bodily Gestures and Intellectual Property” Student, Bennington College

  • Gregory Moses, “Signing in the Rain: How Gene Kelly and Augustine Came Together with the Poets to Crash the Gates of Plato's Republic”

PhD Philosophy, Sr. Lecturer, Texas State University


1B FH 230

  • Jeff Friedman, “Entanglement: A Multi-layered Morphology of Post-colonial African Philosophical Frameworks for Dance Aesthetics”

Associate Professor of Dance Studies , Rutgers University-New Brunswick

  • Heike Salzer, “Wanderlust- The Reoccurrence of Romanticism in 21st Century Dance Making: Sensing, Embodying and Mapping the World via Screendance”

Programme Leader Dance Department, Teesside University, School of Arts and Media, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

  • Caroline Sutton Clark,  “Groovy Bodies: The 1970s, Somatic Engagement and Dance”

PhD Candidate Dance, Texas Woman’s University



3:00 to 5:00 p.m.               Dance Panel, Jowers A207

Dancestry: An Experiential and Performance-based Model for Modern Dance History"

  • Meg Brooker, Assistant Professor of Dance, Middle Tennessee State University 
  • Katherine Duke, Artistic Director Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation

  • Shay Ishiil, Lecturer of Dance, Texas State University
  • Jessica Lindberg Coxe, Adjunct Professor of Dance History, Austin Community College
  • Megan Slayter, Chair and Associate Professor of Dance, Western Michigan University



3:30 – 3:45 p.m.                     BREAK


3:45 – 5:00 p.m.        Submitted Papers Sessions 2


2A COMAL 116

  • Eric Mullis, “The Power of Political Dance: Representation, Mobilization, and Context” Assistant Professor of Philosophy-MFA (Dance) Student Queens University of Charlotte – University of Wisconsin
  • Camille Buttingsrud, “Proposing a Reflective Order of Embodied Self-consciousness” MA Philosophy, Professional Performer, Independent Scholar, Copenhagen


2B FH 230

  • Paula Conlon, “Creek Songs Are Fast and Crazy”: Hypermetric Synergy at Ceremonial Stomp Dance Grounds in Eastern Oklahoma”

Associate Professor of Music, University of Oklahoma

  • Rita Snyder, “Social Aesthetics: A Clash of Music and Dance Cultures”

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance

The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa



5:15 – 6:15 p.m.        Keynote COMAL 116

  Stephanie Jordan

                             “On Writing About Mark Morris: Knowing Too Much?”

                             Research Professor of Dance, University of Roehampton



7:30 p.m.                    MMDG, Performing Arts Center














                                                         Friday, 9 September 2016


8:30 a.m.                                            Coffee


9:00 – 10:45 a.m.               Submitted Papers Sessions 3


3A Comal 116

  • Hannah Bacon, “Bergsonian Memory and Embodiment, Against the Post-Traumatic”

PhD Student, Stony Brook University

  • Kefu Zhu, “Movement, Spacing, Way”

PhD Student, Stony Brook University

  • Audrey Lane Ellis, “Re-negotiating the Biological Body after the Corporeal Turn: the Dancing Body, Feminism and Biological Exuberance”

PhD Student, Stony Brook University


3B FH 230, Panel Discussion: “Teaching Dance and Philosophy to Non-Majors: The Integration of Movement Practices and Thought Experiments to Articulate Big Ideas”

  • Megan Brunsvold Mercedes, Asst. Professor of Dance, Southern Utah University

  • Kristopher G. Phillips, Asst. Professor of Philosophy, Southern Utah University

  • Kira Knapp, Student: Member of SUU Honors Seminar – Movement and Space, Southern Utah University


9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Jowers Studio 175, Lecture/Demonstration,

Rebecca Whitehurst: “The Phenomenology of Choreography, a Creative

                                   Embodied Encounter”



10:45 – 11:00                                                 BREAK


11:00 – 12:00                      Keynote  Comal 116

                                                                   Richard Shusterman

            "The Philosopher without Words: Philosophy as Performative Art in the Dances of   

                                                                      the Man in Gold"

             Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, Director of the Center

                              for Body, Mind, and Culture, Florida Atlantic University


 NOON                                              PICK-UP BOX LUNCH


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.                Keynote  Comal 116

                                                                           Randall Auxier

                            “The Semblance of the Sacred? Langer on Dance, Ritual, and Art”

                                  Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University



1:15 – 1:30 p.m.                                 BREAK


1:30 – 2:00 p.m.            Library Tour, Alkek Library, Breezeway Outside Main Entrance

                                                                                  Liz King and Lorin Flores

                                     Subject Librarians for Philosophy and Dance, Texas State University



1:30 – 2:30 p.m.                  Keynote, Comal 116

                                                                    Judith Hanna

             “Neuroscience Spotlights Dance: The Brain as Modern Dance Choreographer”

                      Research Professor Anthropology, University of Maryland 



2:45 – 4:45 p.m.                   Submitted Papers Sessions 4 


4A Comal 116

  • Gavin Wittje, "Rage to Say: Pina Bausch, Humor, and Exhaustion"
  • Renee M. Conroy, “Dancing on the Edge”

Associate Professor Philosophy, Purdue University Northwest,

  • Ioanna Angelopoulou (via Skype), “Palm in Palm” “Palami me Palami”

Choreographer, Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Palucca Hochschule fuer Tanz, Dresden in Germany, Duncan Dance Research Center in Athens


4B FH230

  • Meghan Quinlan, “The Economic Politics of Pleasure in Gaga”

Lecturer Kennesaw University

  • Anna Petronella Foultier, “Reflecting upon the Corporeal Schema: The Example of “Gaga”

PhD Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University

  • Michele Merritt, “Embodied Subectivity, Radical Enactivism, and the Phenomenology of Dance”

Professor, Arkansas State University,


4C  Comal 103

  • Ilya Vidrin, “The Epistemic Yield of Aesthetic Values in Dance Partnering”

PhD Student, Harvard University/Coventry University

  • Edgar Vite and Diana Palacio, “A New Epistemology of Body and Movement in Modern and Contemporary Dance”

Edgar Vite: Professor at Department of Visual Arts and Aesthetics at Universidad del Valle

Diana Palacio: Professor at Department of Scenic Arts at Universidad de Antioquia

  • Susana Badiola, “Wittgenstein, Dancing, Whistling, and Picturing”

Professor of Philosophy, Angelo State University


4D Comal 201

  • Andrea Woody, “Agency and Attending: How Might Liveness Matter for Artistic Performance?”

Associate Professor & Chair, Philosophy, University of Washington

  • Ian T Heckman, “What Do We Lose to a Video”

PhD Student, University of British Columbia

  • Henrique Rochelle Meneghini, “Structure, Form and Function of Dance Criticism and the Ways it Relates Audiences to Works of Art”

PhD Candidate, Dance, Theater and Performing Arts, State University of Campinas, Brazil


4E  Comal 114

  • Binita Mehta, “The Experience of Self-Transcendence: Traditional Hindu Perspective on Art and Dance”PhD Philosophy, Sr. Lecturer, Texas State University,


  • Joshua Hall: “Dancing-with: A Theoretical Method of Poetic Social Justice”

Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College







2:15 – 4:45 p.m., Jowers Studo 178, Friday Afternoon Workshop

Ekalos Reed, “An Experiential Workshop Investigating Dance as a Re-organizational Practice Using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement and Improvisation"

Guild Certified Feldnkrais Practitioner/Choreographer/Dancer/Teacher,

Santa Fe, New Mexico



4:45 – 5:00 p.m.                                BREAK


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                    Keynote, Comal 116

                                                                       Robert Crease

                                                          "On Not Being Able to Dance"

                                           Professor of Philosophy, Stonybrook University




7:30 p.m.                    Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Performing Arts Center















Saturday, 10 September 2016


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                                Coffee


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                  Keynote Comal 116

                                                                  Richard A Richards

      “Naturalizing Dance: Prospects and Limitations”

                              Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama




10:00 – 10:15                         BREAK


10:15 to 11:45                                   Submitted Papers Sessions 5


5A Comal 116, Panel Discussion: Why Participatory, or Do-It-Yourself Dance is More Important at Times than Fine Art Dance”

  • Bob Crease, Stony Brook University,
  • Greg Scott, New York University,


5B FH230, Panel Discussion: “What Am I Doing in this Dance?”: A Failed Conversation about the Multiple Layers of Performance”

  • Matthew Henley Texas Women’s University,
  • Sarah Gamblin, Texas Women’s University,


5C Comal 103

  • Archer Porter, “Performance of Disability or Cyborg Utopia?: Ambivalent Readings of Marie Chouinard’s bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS”

PhD Candidate, Culture and Performance, UCLA

  • Jane Carr, “The Negotiation of Significance in Dance Performance: a Model for Human Interaction in the Context of Difference”

Principle Lecturer of Dance, University of Bedfordshire


5D Comal 201

  • Jonelle Seitz, “Ways of Looking: Association, Presence, Radicalism”

Dance Critic and Arts Journalist, Austin Chronicle & Fjord Review

  • Lauren R. Alpert, “Body Aesthetics and the Ethics of Dance Criticism”

PhD Student, Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

5E Comal 212, Panel Discussion,  “FSC: Northrop’s 1st and 2nd Function Art and its Impact on the Work of Erick Hawkins”

  • Louis Kavouras: Chair Department of Dance, University of Nevada

  • LeAnne Smith, Director of Dance, Texas State University

  • Katherine Duke, Artistic Director Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation

  • Shay Ishii, Lecturer of Dance, Texas State University
  • Kaysie Seitz Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Theater and Dance, Texas State University


Noon – 12:30             BOX LUNCH


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.       Keynote - Comal 116

                                                                    Arnold Berleant

  " Aesthetic Engagement in Video Dance "

Founding Editor Contemporary Aesthetics



1:30 – 2:30                  Keynote - Comal 116

                                                                Barbara Gail Montero

“Embodied Aesthetics and Proprioception”

The Graduate Center, City University of New York




2:30 – 2:45                             BREAK


2:45 – 4:45 p.m.                   Submitted Papers Sessions 6 


6A  Comal 116

  • Aili Bresnahan, “Interpretation in Dance Performance”

Assistant Professor, University of Dayton

  • Lucia Piquero Alvarez, “Emotional Expressiveness in Dance as an Aesthetic Property: a Case Study of Russell Maliphant’s Afterlight (Part One) (2009)”

Resident academic Dance Studies, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta

  • Mariana Viterbo Brandão, “Affirming Versus Relating: Steps Around, Towards and Away from Dance and Performance Art”

Professor, CIEBA, Centre for Research and Studies in Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon, Portugal


6B FH 230 Panel Discussion: “Erick Hawkins Dance Technique: A Philosophical Journey Towards a Body-Centered Technique”

  • Louis Kavouras: Chair Department of Dance, University of Nevada

  • LeAnne Smith, Director of Dance, Texas State University

  • Katherine Duke, Artistic Director Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation

  • Shay Ishii, Lecturer of Dance, Texas State University
  • Kaysie Seitz Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Theater and Dance, Texas State University


6C Comal 103

  • Addie Tsai, “The Mask which the Actor Wears is Apt to Become His True Face: How Jon Cryer Toes the Line Between Homage and Momicry in Pretty in Pink’s Ultimate Lipsync”

PhD Student, Texas Women’s University

  • Eleni Kolliopoulou, “Inter-action as Engagement: Among Passivity and Activity in Performance Art”


6D Comal 201

  • Einav Katan, “The Semiotic Experience of Dancing”

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • Rebecca Farinas, “A New Universality: Pragmatic Symbols of World Peace in Drawing and Dance”

Lecturer PhD, Texas State University

  • Esra Coskun, “Once Coin, Two Sides, Three Minutes: Using Semiotics as a Choreographic Tool in Modern Dance to Represent Opposing Stances on an Issue”

PhD Candidate, Purdue University



6E COMAL 212, Panel Discussion, “Discovering Collaboration/Collaborating Discovery”

  • Richard Hall, Senior Lecturer, Texas State University Music Faculty,
  • Ana Baer, Associate Professor, Texas State University Dance Faculty,
  •  Michelle Nance, Professor, Texas State University Dance Faculty,



4:45 – 5:00 p.m.                    BREAK


5:00 – 6:00                             Keynote, Comal 116

                                                                      Kristin Boyce

                                        “Thought, Dance and Aesthetic Reason”

                          Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion,

                    Faculty Fellow, Shackouls Honors College, Mississippi State University





7:30 p.m.                              ARCOS Dance, Patti Strickel Harrison Theater