Dance Research Journal

The Dance Research Journal (DRJ) is a peer-reviewed premiere publication for dance scholarship of international reach and includes articles, book reviews, and lists books received.

DRJ is published three times per year by Cambridge University Press.  DRJ is a peer-reviewed premiere publication for dance scholarship of international reach and includes articles, book reviews, and lists of books received.  Published articles address dance history, theory, politics, ethnography, and intersections with cultural, gender, critical race, and diasporic studies among others.  DRJ is committed to cross-disciplinary research with a dance perspective.  Contributions for publication consideration are open to both members and nonmembers of DSA, and will be accepted any time. 

Dance Research Journal access is free for DSA members, who may access issues online by signing into the DSA member portal and clicking "DRJ Member Access" on the far right of the menu bar.

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Most Recent Issue

Volume 53 - Issue 3 - August 2021
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The articles in the final issue of 2021 bring our attention to relationships underlying inquiry in dance studies: between the researcher and their sources, source materials and modes of analysis, and senses and manners of perspective-taking and -making. Whereas the first, second, and fourth offerings are grounded primarily in firsthand accounts of embodiment, gleaned either through ethnographic interviewing or thick description of subjective experience, the third builds an argument guided by archival materials. All of the articles bring voice to female embodiments, two to minoritized subjecthoods, another to a figure on the margins of historiography, and the last as a means of decentering subjectivity altogether.


Applied to scholarship in dance studies, [Christina] Sharpe’s and [Nadine] George-Graves’s ideas bring into focus critical questions that ground and mobilize inquiries founded upon caretaking: What is at stake and for whom or what in a research project? Who and/or what are we asking? How do we practice being with our sources? How does what we learn and glean from our sources and source materials guide our research and help us find what we ultimately want to say about them? Such questions, prompting consideration about how we position ourselves in relation to our sources and inside our artistic and scholarly inquiries, are necessary if we are to bring into being in the broadest senses of inclusion, expansive definitions of what is possible in the ways we think, do, make, and write change toward the projects of antiracist praxis and de-colonizing the field. Rebekah J. Kowal


DRJ Submission Guidelines 

DRJ Style and Reference Guide

Rebekah Kowal, Executive Co-Editor

Nadine George-Graves, Executive Co-Editor

Stacey Prickett, Book Reviews Editor

To see the full Editorial Board, visit the Leadership & Management page.

 Call for Submissions: Special Issue "Assembly, Gathering, Being with Dance" (due Dec 30, 2021)

Dance Research Journal is currently seeking applications and nominations for 2 open Editorial Board seats. Editorial Board members serve a term of 3 years, with the option to renew once.
Editorial Board members:
- Attend two meetings/year (at the annual DSA Conference and virtually)
- Work with the Dance Research Journal Executive Co-Executive Editors on matters of policy, publication, and at meetings.
- Read and evaluate special issue proposals, and offer recommendations and feedback to the DRJ Executive Co-Editors to convey to prospective special issue editors.
- Serve as peer reviewers and/or author mentors for approximately 2 articles/year.
- Gain valuable experience in editing and publishing.
Ed Board members are also contributing to a process of re-imagining the mission and administration of Dance Research Journal, including aligning the journal, its mission, and its practices and procedures with present-day approaches to developing and disseminating knowledge in the field of dance studies.
To apply, please send a 100-word bio and a 150-word statement of interest to Executive Co-Editors Rebekah J. Kowal and Nadine George-Graves at [email protected] letting us know why you are interested in serving on the DRJ Editorial Board, what you would bring to the board, and what you would hope to gain from the experience. We also encourage nominations of others. If nominating someone else, please send a 150-word statement on the nominee’s qualifications for board service.
Applications and nominations are welcome from people at all career stages and settings, including independent scholars. People of color and people working outside of the United States and in the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply.