The Institute for Choreology of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague announces a call for papers for an international conference Choreology – Past and Present.

The conference will be held on November 29, 2024 in the Gallery of the Music and Dance Faculty, HAMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Malostranské náměstí 13, Prague 1.

Deadline for submission of abstracts in the first round: 30 June 2024.


The aim of the conference is to present thematic spectrum and methods of contemporary choreology and the main lines of dance research. In an international dialogue, the intention is to contribute to the definition of the current state and context of Czech dance theory and choreology as a specific discipline dealing with dance as an independent art form, for whose distinctive nature it is necessary to search for appropriate theoretical approaches and tools and ways of constituting the knowledge.

This year's conference builds on the conclusions of the international conference held by the Institute for Choreology in 2022, which proved the importance and benefits of meeting and having discussions among choreologists from various countries with different backgrounds of their discipline. Dialogue on aspects of the very nature, forms and concepts of our shared discipline not only contributes to the internal formation of the field and advances the development of scientific methods, but also helps to motivate, educate, and nurture a new generation of dance scholars.

The conference is organized by the Institute for Choreology of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as part of the research project Dance research: background, approaches, and perspectives (researcher Lucie Hayashi, M.A., Ph.D.) supported by the Institutional Support for Long-term Conceptual Development of Research Organizations granted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic in 2023.

Please direct all inquiries to:
Mgr. MgA. Lucie HAYASHI, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Dance, HAMU, 

The event is organized by the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Music and Dance Faculty, Institute for Choreology, Malostranské nám. 12, Prague 1, 118 00, Czech Republic.

Head of the Institute for Choreology:
Prof. Mgr. Mgr. Dorota GREMLICOVÁ, Ph.D., Head of the Institute for Choreology, AMU, 

Preferred Topics:
1.    Authorities, institutions, and their role in shaping dance scholarship
2.    Concepts, terminology and methods of dance research and choreology
3.    Research questions and challenges in choreology, knowledge sharing in the University and expert milieus and with the public
Papers focusing on other aspects of the conference theme are also welcome.

Individual papers have a time limit of 15 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion in a presentation or hybrid format. The language of the conference is English. In case of personal participation, foreign speakers will be paid travel support in the form of per diems. There will be a projection screen for sharing presentations including audio video recordings and a flipchart. Please consult the conference organizer for any special technical requirements.
Please submit the title and abstract of your paper of max 1000 characters. 

Please direct all inquiries to: Mgr. MgA. Lucie HAYASHI, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Dance, HAMU, 




4th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of the Slavic World 2023

Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in cooperation with
the Institute of Choreology at the Faculty of Music and Dance, Academy of Performing
Arts in Prague

Symposium venue:
Faculty of Music and Dance, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic)
Lichtenstein Palace, Malostranské náměstí 258/13, Praha 1.


5 October (Thursday)

9:30–10:00 Registration
10:00 Opening ceremony

10:30–11:30 Session 1
Chair: Rebeka Kunej
Daniela Stavělová: Folklore revival as a research topic
Mojca Kovačič: Processes of heritization of traditional music: examples from Slovenia

11:30–11:45 Coffee break

11:45–13:15 Session 2
Chair: Mojca Kovačič
Mariusz Pucia: The phenomenon of preserving musical tradition in Opole Silesia, based on archival recordings (Raclawiczki, Smolarnia, Dziedzice: 1913–2019)
Svetlana Stepanova: Preservation of Russian national identity through the art of song in times of crisis: “white” emigration vs. “consumer” emigration
Jana Tomková: Musical aspect of ethnic identity of Rusyns in (North-East) Slovakia

13:15–14:30 Lunch

14:30–16:00 Session 3

Chair: Zita Skořepová
Matěj Kratochvíl: Music and identity in informal music sessions of Czech folklore revival ensembles
Katarzyna Skiba: Cultural representations of national identity in the performances of “Mazowsze” national folk songs and dances ensemble
Zigurds Ete: Ventspils Belarussian song ensemble “Žuravinka”: people, stories, repertoire
Gabriela Gacek: Musical mosaic: contemporary folk music festivals in Lower Silesia as a way of expressing a translocal cultural heritage in a post-migration region

16:00–16:15 Coffee break

16:15–17:45 Session 4

Chair: Matěj Kratochvíl
Rebeka Kunej: Traditional dance in Resia and its heritagisation
Larysa Lukashenko: Revival Folk Performance in the Modern Culture of Ukraine

18:00–18:45 Business meeting
19:00 Opening reception, music & dance performance and workshop

6 October (Friday)

9:30–11:00 Session 5
Chair: Petr Nuska
Iryna Fedun: The concept of professionalism in Ukrainian traditional instrumental music
Michaela Šilhavíková: Reviving the capping ceremony in the Uherské Hradiště region
Tanja Halužan: Revival of the local (musical) tradition: a case from the Sutla Valley

11:00–11:15 Coffee break

11:15–12:45 Session 6
Chair: Jana Ambrózová
Maria Małanicz-Przybylska: Heritage as a choice and lifestyle
Drago Kunej: The diatonic button accordion in the representations of Slovenian traditional music
Zita Skořepová: Children’s folk singing competition as a performance of regional identity and heritage

12:45–13:45 Lunch

Topic 2: Traditional music and dance in pedagogy and education

13:45–15:15 Session 7
Chair: Iryna Fedun
Iryna Dovhaliuk and Lina Dobrianska: Modern ethnomusicological education in Ukraine Kateřina Černíčková: Czech traditional dance and music as the “exclusive property” of folklore ensembles? Creative pedagogical process for and with children
Jana Ambrózová: Traditional Music and Dance in Primary Schools in Slovakia: the crosscutting theme “regional education and traditional folk culture”

15:15–15:30 Coffee break

15:30–16:30 Session 8
Chair: Maria Małanicz-Przybylska
Gergana Panova-Tekath: Local and foreign traditional dances in the academic dance education in Bulgaria and Germany
Lili Wen: Polka, transmission, and localization in China: a study on polka in a primary school in China

16:30–16:45 Coffee break

16:45–18:15 Petr Nuska: Hopa lide – film screening
19:00 Visit to the Czech Museum of Music

7 October (Saturday)

9:30–10:30 Session 9
Chair: Anastasiia Mazurenko
Katarína Babčáková: Innovative methods of teaching folk dance in formal and informal education in Slovakia as a way of disseminating information about dance cultural heritage
Laura Kolačkovská: Technology and social networks as a tool for folklore ensembles survival in the time of the covid pandemic on the example of the project “Súboriáda”

10:30–10:45 Coffee break

Topic 3: Experience and representation of war and violence in music, dance, and in ethnomusicology of Slavic-speaking countries

10:45–12:15 Session 10
Chair: Łukasz Smoluch
Ulrich Morgenstern: Violence in culture. Perspectives for new ethnomusicological approaches.
Olga Velichkina: Folk music revival movement and violence in Russia: from subversion to orthodoxy
Anastasiia Mazurenko: Revival of Ukrainian traditional music in the process of developing of national identity during the liberation war

12:15–13:30 Lunch

Topic 4: New research

13:30–15:00 Session 11
Chair: Ulrich Morgenstern
Łukasz Smoluch: Phonographic collection as a source for the history of Polish traditional music research
Zdeněk Vejvoda: Revision of the typology of folk songs and instrumental melodies with variable time signatures in the light of new research on Czech musical type
Lucia Franická Macková: Khorovods and Spievanie na Dura

15:00–15:15 Coffee break
15:15 Closing remarks

The 4th Symposium of the ICTM StG on MDSW is devoted to four topics:

1. Traditional music and dance: identity, politics, and heritization
Traditional music and dance have been consciously used to both express and create
identities based on the concept of national, regional, and/or ethnic belonging. Particular
musical and dance expressions have been and are connected to various identities;
these connections can change over time and space. This also makes music and dance a
part of politics, being used as a symbol and manipulated to serve the goals of diff erent
groups. During the 20th century, the notion of “heritage” arose as a specifi cally important
and protected part of the culture and identity. Elements belonging to the heritage are
usually presented in more offi cial and conservative ways, preventing further changes and

Applicants are invited to discuss the following:
• How are music and dance used to create and maintain national, regional, ethnic, and
other identities?
• How can music and dance move between diff erent identities, and transform through
migration or changes in political regimes?
• How the idea of music and dance as a “heritage” is created? How do individual, local,
and state, actors infl uence this process? How are the musical and dance forms fi xed or
manipulated to fi t a particular idea of the heritage?

2. Traditional music and dance in pedagogy and education
Transmission of traditional music and dance repertoire and performance skills have been
a domain of a spectrum of learning and teaching systems refl ecting the specifi c needs of
each society (cf. Milan Holas 2004). Nevertheless, the most common was the informal and
participatory performance-based didactic system in which family, local experts, and the
local community played a crucial role. Over time, more formalized institutional forms of
music and dance education took place that often pursued particular political and cultural
agendas. The second half of the 20th century was characterized by further changes in
traditional forms of music and dance transmission and by signifi cant paradigm changes
in European formal music or dance education, too (cf. Bennett Reimer 2022). The Dance
House movement became popular in urban areas, and new forms of knowledge and skills
dissemination emerged thanks to various NGOs or cultural centers, folklore ensembles,
cultural events, individuals, and activist groups. The teaching process has been accelerated
and shaped by aff ordable technologies, mass media including the Internet, and lately by
social networks and video platforms.
Traditional music/dance teaching and learning is a social process (Timothy Rice 1996)
embedded in the political, economic, and cultural systems. Each education process focused
on (or involving) traditional music or dance has its own approach to its conceptualization,
selection, and style of artistic performance. It diff ers in teaching methods and didactic
tools, targets diverse social groups, and attributes specifi c social values and functions
to traditional music and dance heritage. It diff ers in social aff ordability and accessibility,
in its character and preferred mode of teacher-student relationship and hierarchy. Each
education system or project can also have a special reverse eff ect on music and dance
existence in original communities and source social environment.

Applicants are invited to discuss the following topics:
• Transformation of traditional modes of music and dance teaching and learning, their
character and position in contemporary societies;
• Traditional music or dance in the curricula of primary and secondary education;
• The cultural and social value of the Western formal music education and theory in
traditional music cultures; a concept of professionalism and role of education in
traditional music/dance in local communities or cultural cohorts;
• New didactic approaches to teaching traditional music and dance as “living
heritage”; safeguarding, preservation, stylization, heritization, instrumentalization, or
transformation of traditional music/dance through the education process;
• Innovative educative projects of NGOs, culture and edifi cation centers, individuals, or
activist groups;
• Impact of technology, the Internet, and social networks on traditional music and dance
teaching and learning.

3. Experience and representation of war and violence in music, dance, and in ethnomusicology
of Slavic-speaking countries

While war and confl ict are established fi elds in ethnomusicology, there are few studies on
how traditional cultures encourage, evaluate and control violence using music and dance.
Anthropology had its Mead vs. Freeman controversy; popular music studies are aware of
The Dark Side of the Tune (Johnson and Cloonan 2009). But why ethnomusicologists are
largely reluctant to raise painful questions on the role of violence in the cultures under
study? Is this a consequence of the idealist credo “The culture is not to blame?”
The exceptional horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine give reason to reformulate
traditional positions of ethnomusicology of violence and to elaborate new systematic
perspectives on how cultural practices in the Slavic-speaking world in the past and present
are related to war and violence. Obviously, we are entering a fi eld shaped by long-lasting
stereotypes, be it of an inherent peacefulness of Slavic peoples (Johann Gottfried Herder,
Pavel Jozef Šafárik) or of “Slavic barbarians” (Friedrich Engels and others).

An unbiased study of expressive culture in Slavic-speaking countries and communities may address
(among many others) questions such as the following:
• How is war experience represented in recruit songs and laments, funeral dirges, and
soldiers’ and Cossacks’ songs?
• How intrafamily violence is described and evaluated in ballads?
• How sexual violence appears in diff erent folklore genres?
• How can music and dance performances legitimate, encourage, and control violent

4. New research
Applicants for Topic 4 are invited to submit proposals addressing issues of general interest.
The Program Committee expects new insights with regard to theory and methods or
unique fi ndings with innovative potential for the study of the traditional music and dance
of the Slavic world.

konference o tanečním výzkumu 2022

Taneční výzkum a jeho institucionální zázemí v současném kulturním a sociálním kontextu

 Ústav taneční vědy Hudební a taneční fakulty Akademie múzických umění v Praze pořádá mezinárodní konferenci na téma ekonomických aspektů tance a institucionálního zázemí taneční vědy a výzkumu, kterou dedikuje prof. Boženě Brodské, taneční historičce a zakladatelské osobnosti české taneční vědy, při příležitosti stého výročí jejího narození.

Kdy: 7. října 2022 

Kde: Galerie Hudební a taneční fakulty Akademie múzických umění v Praze, Malostranské náměstí 13, Praha 1, 118 00. Online přenos MS Teams.

Formulář registrace ZDE:

Výběr příspěvků je uzavřen. 


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Preliminary conference programme

Friday 7. 10. 2022



Registration, coffee



Lucie Hayashi

Making the Dance Research Visible – Insititutionalization andpopularization

in person


Kristián Kohút

Research Center of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

in person


Ivica Liszkayová

Projects of the Research Center in cooperation with the Dance Department The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava since 2011




coffee break



Daniela Stavělová

Ethnochoreology in the context of academic research: benefits, challenges and limits

in person


Nicoleta Demian


Romanian Dance Research between Creation, Theory and Freedom of Expression

in person


Zdravko Ranisavljević

Ethnochoreology and its academic education at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Serbia)




coffee break



Dorota Gremlicová

Choreology: In search for a distinctive scholarly approach to dance

in person


Sille Kapper-Tiisler


Thematic and methodological trends in the research on Estonian traditional dance



Laura Kolačkovská

The benefits of anthropological approaches to dance research

in person



lunch break



Sofia Caballero

The scientific dissemination of dance: a performance-lecture from Jone San Martín and María Auxiliadora Gálvez (COAM, Madrid, 2019).

in person


Rose Breuss


Notational Studies - Danced movements beyond the optico-practical space




Yang Zhao

Participation in Scottish Country Dancing and the Covid Pandemic: A Blended Ethnography




coffee break



Josef Bartoš

A Cognitive Approach: New Perspective to Dance Studies?

in person


Hana Polanská

Dance between disciplines

in person


Eva Priečková

Dance education as a polyphonic experience




coffee break



Daniela Machová

Struggles of Dance Researchers based in the Czech Republic

in person


Katja Vaghi

Integration and growing deep roots for the future

in person


Blanka Marková

The Analysis of Cultural Policies and Strategies in the Context of Contemporary Dance Public Support

in person



Czech traditional evening beer experience in the nearby




Saturday 8. 10. 2022


9.30-11.30          Commemorative brunch meeting dedicated to prof. Božena Brodská, dance historian and founding figure of Czech dance theory and choreology, on the occasion of the centenary of her birth.

                                Elvíra Němečková, Helena Kazárová, Ladislav Beneš, AMU Choreology and Dance graduates

12.00-14.00       Round table discussion on the needs and perspective of choreology and dance research hosted by Daniela Machová, in collaboration with Taneční aktuality – Czech Dance News Magazine

Ústav taneční vědy Hudební a taneční fakulty Akademie múzických umění v Praze vyhlašuje výzvu pro příspěvky na mezinárodní konferenci

Taneční výzkum a jeho institucionální zázemí v současném kulturním a sociálním kontextu.

Konference se bude konat hybridně 7. října 2022 v prostorách Galerie Hudební a taneční fakulty HAMU Akademie múzických umění v Praze.

Termín pro zaslání přihlášek a abstraktů: 30. 6. 2022. Výběr příspěvků byl ukončen. 


Konference se zaměřuje na otázky ekonomických aspektů existence a provozování tance a jeho výzkumu v historické i soudobé perspektivě, na problematiku institucionálního zázemí taneční vědy a formativní roli konkrétních badatelů. Je dedikována prof. Boženě Brodské, taneční historičce a zakladatelské osobnosti české taneční vědy, při příležitosti stého výročí jejího narození. Ústav pro taneční vědu konferenci pořádá v rámci výzkumného projektu Ekonomické aspekty tance (řešitelka Mgr. MgA. Lucie Hayashi, Ph.D.). V posledních letech v souvislosti s proměnami umělecké scény, s digitalizací a snahami o dokumentaci, uchování a rozvíjení kulturního dědictví stále více vystupuje do popředí potřeba tanečního výzkumu opřeného o institucionální zázemí garantující jeho profesionální podmínky a kvality, a tím jeho ukotvení v odborné sféře. Porozumění ekonomickým procesům spojeným s tancem a jeho výzkumem se při tom jeví jako jeden z určujících faktorů ovlivňujících začlenění obou těchto sfér do organizačních a ekonomických struktur kulturní politiky současných států. Sdílení odborných pohledů na tuto problematiku v mezinárodním kontextu může odhalit vedle lokálních specifik také obecné rysy utváření vztahu tance, jeho vědecké reflexe a ekonomických a kulturně politických struktur, a tím poskytnout vodítka pro strategii formování vztahu těchto sfér v praxi.


Preferované tematické okruhy:

  1. Ekonomické aspekty existence a provozování tance, jeho společenské a teoretické reflexe a výzkumu
  2. Popularizace taneční vědy, postavení a funkce historie a teorie tance ve společnosti
  3. Trendy v taneční vědě a výzkumu (zkoumaná a opomíjená témata, preferované a utlačované metodologie)
  4. Osobnosti a jejich role v utváření taneční vědy

Vítané jsou také příspěvky zaměřené na další aspekty tématu konference.


Jednotlivé příspěvky mají časový limit 15 minut + 5 minut pro diskusi v prezenční nebo hybridní formě. Jazykem konference je angličtina. V případě osobní účasti bude zahraničním mluvčím vyplacena podpora cestovních nákladů formou per diems. K dispozici bude projekční plátno pro sdílení prezentací včetně audio video záznamů a flipchart. Případné zvláštní technické požadavky konzultujte s pořadatelem konference.


Veškeré dotazy prosím zasílejte na adresu



Mgr. MgA. Lucie HAYASHI, Ph.D., vedoucí Katedry tance HAMU,

prof. Mgr. Dorota GREMLICOVÁ, Ph.D., vedoucí Ústavu pro taneční vědu AMU,

Pořádá Akademie múzických umění v Praze, Hudební a taneční fakulta, Ústav pro taneční vědu, Malostranské nám. 12, Praha 1, 118 00, Česká republika.

Web a přihláška:

Tato konference vzniká na Akademii múzických umění v Praze v rámci projektu Ekonomické aspekty tance podpořeného z prostředků Institucionální podpory na dlouhodobý koncepční rozvoj výzkumné organizace, kterou poskytlo MŠMT v roce 2021.