3rd International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS3): Call for submissions


3rd International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS3)

‘The living moment: Exploring improvisational practice’

30 July – 03 August 2017
Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada


The conference

The aim of ICDS3 is to present the best of current research and practice within Dalcroze Studies and related fields. ICDS is a global, transdisciplinary forum, open to viewpoints from education, the arts and humanities, and the social, health and life sciences. We welcome practitioners and scholars alike. This year our theme is improvisation in music, dance, somatic practices, theatre and therapy, with a special focus on the relationships between music/sound and movement.

Keynote speakers (confirmed)

Reto W. Kressig, Professor and Chair of Geriatrics, University Center for Medicine of Aging Basel (UAB), Felix-Platter Hospital, University of Basel, Switzerland
Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Max van Manen, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada

Keynote practitioners (confirmed)

Ruth Alperson (PhD), Dean, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, USA
Ruth Gianadda, Professor, Institute Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland
Karin Greenhead, Director of Studies, Dalcroze UK
Lisa Parker, Director, Longy Dalcroze Institute, Longy School of Music of Bard College, USA

‘The living moment: Exploring improvisational practice’

Improvisation forms the basis of human communication from infancy to the end of life. It defines the moment-to-moment flow of activity in our everyday interactions and is fundamental to creativity and innovation.

Improvisation is also central to music, dance and somatic traditions across culture, time and space. Musical and movement improvisation can be put to work in many contexts, including the pedagogical, therapeutic and performative, to bring about transformation. Improvisation can be both process and product, and an agent of change.

In Dalcroze Eurhythmics and related fields of practice, musical and movement improvisation are the main means of communication between teacher and learner, therapist and client, and between participants themselves.

Call for proposals

We welcome presentations on improvisation, as it relates to Dalcroze Eurhythmics and music, movement and the mindful body more broadly. We embrace a wide range of disciplines and areas, such as: anthropology, architecture, biomedical science, communication science, cultural studies, dance studies, somatic practices, education, ethnomusicology, gender studies, history, literature, media studies, musicology, music therapy, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology, theatre and performance studies, and visual arts.

We invite practitioners and researchers to share their knowledge, experience and scholarship on this theme. Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

▪ Music-movement improvisation
▪ Descriptions and theories of improvisation
▪ Improvisation and embodiment
▪ Improvisation in culture and improvisation as culture
▪ Improvisation as social relationship or dialogue
▪ Improvisation as process, as product, as means
▪ Interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches to improvisation
▪ Teaching improvisation
▪ The role of improvisation in pedagogy, performance, therapy and research
▪ Teaching as an improvisational practice
▪ Assessing and evaluating improvisation
▪ Developing curricula and educational material on improvisation
▪ Improvisation and the professional development of teachers
▪ The interaction of technology and improvisation
▪ Improvisation and wellbeing
▪ Personal and social development through improvisation
▪ Improvisation and ethics (empowerment, social justice)
▪ Improvisation and community
▪ The historical development and transmission of improvisational practice in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and related fields

Types of presentation

▪ Paper* (20 mins + 10 mins discussion) – research papers and reflections on practice
▪ Workshop* (60 mins, including discussion) – an interactive session offering hands-on experience. These will be limited in number due to space and time restrictions
▪ Symposium (90 mins, including discussion) – a shared platform for at least three delegates to present a specific research topic in-depth and to discuss each other’s work in a public forum. Please specify who will chair the symposium.
▪ Roundtable (90 mins, including discussion) – a semi-planned conversation amongst stakeholders who wish to have a public dialogue to which delegates can contribute. Instead of presenting research results, a roundtable is a public discussion with a view to arriving at shared understandings, new insights and/or proposals for action. Please specify who will chair the roundtable.
▪ Informal daytime performance (duration variable, to be arranged with organising committee)
▪ Evening performance (duration variable, to be arranged with organising committee)
▪ Poster
▪ Presentation to host ICDS5 in 2021 (20 mins + 10 mins discussion)


Submit your proposal/s at www.dalcroze-studies.com
Deadline for all submissions: Sunday 30 October 2016 23:59 (BST)
The language of presentations is English.
Delegates may submit a maximum of three proposals.
Notification to presenters by 18 December 2016

Online registration

Presenters must register and pay by 13 January 2017
All other delegates must register and pay by 30 June 2017


Before 31 March 2017 (Early bird rates): Regular $375; Student $250
After 31 March 2017: Regular $450; Student $325
Fee includes refreshments, light lunch and conference materials
(*All fees are in Canadian dollars and subject to tax by the Federal / Provincial government; please go to the registration pages for more information)

Scientific Committee

Dr John Habron (Senior Lecturer) Coventry University, Coventry, UK (Chair)
Dr Ruth Alperson (Dean) Hoff-Barthelson Music School, New York, USA
Karin Greenhead (Director of Studies) Dalcroze UK
Dr Marja-Leena Juntunen (Professor) Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
Dr Louise Mathieu (Professor) Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
Dr Selma Odom (Professor Emerita) York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr Jane Southcott (Associate Professor) Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Organising Committee

Prof. Josée Vaillancourt (Chair), Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
Prof. Louise Mathieu (Co-Chair), Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
Prof. Ursula Stuber, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
Prof. Gilles Comeau, University of Ottawa, Canada