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.

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This is a collection of works by internationally recognized 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-centered 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.

Contents 

Preface: Dancing incantations, Celeste Snowber

Introduction, Amanda Williamson and Barbara Sellers-Young

Part 1. 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 2. 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 3. 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

 

 

 

                                                                                    

 

 

 

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