Spiritual Herstories (Book)
Call of the Soul in Dance Research
This is a collection of works by internationally recognised women leading the field of dance research and spirituality across the globe. Building on current soulful research scholarship in the discipline, these authors offer extensive and detailed research into spirituality, dance, gender, religion, and somatics women-centred dance research.
This is a collection of works by internationally recognised women leading the field of dance research and spirituality across the globe. Building on current soulful research scholarship in the discipline, these authors offer extensive and detailed research into spirituality, dance, gender, religion, and somatics women-centred dance research. Written by women dance scholars in higher education, this evocative and illuminating work highlights a growing discourse on gendered leadership in dance research. Spiritual Herstories provides new pathways and innovative research methods that respond to the educational needs of women emerging in male-centric socio-historic research traditions.
Amanda Williamson is visiting honorary professor of somatic movement dance education at Coventry University in the UK. She is founding editor of The Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, a peer-reviewed journal, coeditor of Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives, both also published by Intellect.
Barbara Sellers-Young is a senior scholar and professor emerita at York University in Toronto, where she was dean of the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She is the author of many books, including The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity and Belly Dance, Pilgrimage and Identity. She is currently editor-in-residence at Dance Chronicle.
Preface: Dancing Incantations – Celeste Snowber
Introduction – Amanda Williamson and Barbara Sellers-Young
Part One: Patriarchal Critique and Spiritual Feminist Perspectives – Amanda Williamson
Chapter 1: Woman, body, earth and spirit: Journeys of descent through myth, embodiment and movement practice – Linda Hartley
Chapter 2: Informed by the Goddess: Explicating a processual methodology – Jane Bacon
Chapter 3: Until The Lions: Amba’s story – Jayne Stevens
Chapter 4: Symbols of the Goddess in Balkan Women’s Dance – Laura Shannon
Chapter 5: Spirals and circles: Sensing her: Matrifocal symbolism in the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education and Therapy – Amanda Williamson
Chapter 6: Soul loss and retrieval: Restoring wholeness through dance – Eline Kieft
Chapter 7: Reclaiming our innate vitality: Bringing embodied narratives to life through Dance Movement Psychotherapy – Caroline Frizell
Part Two: Somatic Ethnography, Diasporic Spiritualities and Postcolonial Voices – Barbara Sellers-Young
Chapter 8: Dancing bodies and ritual spaces: Diaspora practices of transcendence and conversion – Yvonne Daniel
Chapter 9: ‘Niimikaage’ into the twenty-first century – Sandra Laronde and Elaine Keillor
Chapter 10: Unearthing the presence of African women dancers in Nyanza province, 1900–40 – Seonagh Kummer
Chapter 11: Love Poems to God: The contemplative artistry of Dianne McIntyre – Veta Goler
Chapter 12: Dancing the Four Directions: The spirit of intuition – Rosalie Jones
Chapter 13: Souls, soil and soma: Memoirs of Japan and Guåhan/Guam in (post)colonial times – Ojeya Cruz Banks and Miriam Marler
Chapter 14: Dancing through myself: Memory, identity, spirituality – Barbara Sellers-Young
Part Three: Spiritual Journeys in Dance Research – Amanda Williamson and Barbara Sellers-Young
Chapter 15: Writing Why We Dance: The predicament, pitfalls, potential and promise of writing about dance and spirituality – Kimerer L. LaMothe
Chapter 16: Mystery, magic and the mundane: A dancer’s journey in the liturgy of life – Celeste Snowber
Chapter 17: Creativity as medicine – Janet Lynn Roseman
Chapter 18: Dancing evolutionary spirituality – Cheryl Pallant
Chapter 19: Attunement and evanescence – Sondra Fraleigh
Chapter 20: Awakening the spirit through dance, somatics and Scaravelli Yoga – Sara Reed
Chapter 21: Spirituality in Aurelia Baumgartner’s Tanzphilosophie – Aurelia Baumgartner and Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe