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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN3016 Module Title: NATIONAL FORMS/GLOBAL FORMS
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: DAN3016
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: FENSHAM RS Prof (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern
Group performance or presentation (10 minutes) 50%
Project dossier (2,000 words) 50%
Assessment rationale:
The group presentation will be an assignment based on the workshop component land will evaluate how crosscultural knowledge of dance or movement vocabulary constructs an embodied history. 
In the project dossier students will undertake research on a dance form that is either local, national or global and use it to make an argument about the social significance of dance in a global context. This project dossier will take the form of a file for a travel guide, government report or international festival. In choosing the genre of both presentations they must draw together and reflect upon several theoretical frames discussed in the module
Module Overview
Module Aims
·        To provide a detailed knowledge of the production of national or crosscultural identities in choreography and to investigate a range of dance practices that are portrayed as either local, national or global.
·        To provide an understanding of how global forces contribute to national identity.
·        To investigate through practice the intersections between different dance forms and styles and their effects on bodies, discourse and social practices.
·        To develop an international perspective on issues of locality, dance transmission and spectacle. 
·        To develop critical frameworks for understanding the historical, political and economic issues that inform national and global contexts in dance.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
·        A comprehensive understanding of the contingent and constructed nature of national identity.
·        A detailed understanding of how global factors inform the production of national identity.
·        A grasp of how specific choreographies can articulate and challenge national identities.
·        A detailed comprehension of how these practices negotiate other economic, political and social factors.
·        A thorough grasp of theoretical frames that can usefully be employed to investigate different ‘national’ forms.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
·        Ability to analyse and debate ideas around the production of national identity.
·        Ability to critique existing arguments through oral and written means.
·        Ability to understand and debate the relevance of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of dance.
·        Ability to observe and evaluate choreography as a political practice.
·        Ability to articulate independent arguments on choreographic production using academic language.
Practical/Key Skills:
·        Knowledge of resources for the study of nationality and globality especially, but not exclusively, in dance.
·        Ability to locate, select and organise research materials.
·        Ability to undertake self-directed research on a specific dance example.
·        Ability to describe observations and articulate ideas.
·        Time management and organisational skills.
Module Content
·        The module examines a range of dance practices that have been represented as ‘national’ forms, situating their ‘national’ identity in relation to global political and economic forces as well as in relation to their historical context.
·        The module investigates different theoretical models deployed by scholars of nationalism and postcolonial identity and by those who examine such paradigms in relation to dance. The module also brings together interdisciplinary approaches from performance studies, dance studies, history and feminist theory.
·        The module will include a workshop component that explores the intersections between different dance modes of crosscultural embodiment in either a reconstruction, or new work.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lecture, video analysis, group discussion and group workshops.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading:
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London and New York: Verso, 1991.
Browning, Barbara. Samba: Resistance in Motion. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Chakravorty, Pallabi. Bells of Change Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity In India. Seagull Publishers, 2007.
Chatterjee, Partha. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: a Derivative Discourse. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.
Geertz, Clifford. Art as a Cultural System in Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology. New York: Basic Books, Inc. 1983, pp. 94-120.
Manning, Susan. Ecstasy and the Demon: Feminism and Nationalism in the Dances of MaryWigman. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1993.
O’Shea, Janet. At Home in the World: Bharata Natyam on the Global Stage. Lebanon, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 2007.
Savigliano, Marta. Tango and the Political Economy of Passion. Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview Press, 1995.
Shea-Murphy, Jacqueline. The People Have Never Stopped Dancing: Native American Modern Dance Histories. University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
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25th November 2009