European Doctoral Dance Studies / September 30, 2022 / Program

European Doctoral Dance Studies: Sharing Resources, International Mobility and Harmonizing the Curricula

Centre national de la danse – Lyon

Friday September 30, 2022 / 9:45-6:00

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The Bologna process which started in 1999 aims towards harmonizing graduate studies across Europe. This reform supports the geographical mobility of graduate students, PhD candidates and academics, as well as scientific collaborations and double expertise in doctoral research. In this context, how do dance scholars adapt to this common framework? If this new paradigm makes dance studies and scientific relations more attractive, what are the constraints that harmonizing the curricula entail for academics and PhD candidates?

This one-day conference is the very first attempt to branch out our Atelier des doctorants (PhD candidates’ workshop) to a European scale; during this day, we will question how resources can be shared, how research can gain visibility and how co-supervision of doctoral studies could be implemented across European countries. We will open a discussion with professors and PhD candidates, and interrogate what is at stake in the harmonization of the curricula, and what are the limitations of this process in the field of dance studies.

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Introduction by the Atelier des doctorants committee
Presentation of the mind-mapping process which will be constructed throughout the day

Working on a European PhD

The Cotutelle Doctoral Programme and the “European” Doctorate: Advantages and Disadvantages
by Georgiana Wierre-Gore

The cotutelle doctoral programme was made possible in France beginning in 1994 with the Ministerial Order of 18th January “relative to the creation of a procedure for the thesis cotutelle between French and foreign higher education institutions”. It aims to “instate and develop scientific cooperation between French and foreign research centres by favouring mobility amongst PhD students”. This first text was modified several times giving rise to a more flexible version included today in the 2016 Ministerial Order “fixing the national framework for training and the modalities leading to the issue of the national doctoral diploma”. Without tracing all its developments, my contribution will highlight the main scientific and financial benefits of this scheme as well as its disadvantages. I’ll conclude by briefly addressing the “European” doctorate, a label granted at the end of the PhD viva under certain conditions.

The Possibilities for a European/International PhD in Spain
by Beatriz Martínez del Fresno

How many doctoral candidates, across various departments, have been invited to pursue a European or international PhD in Spain? What are the criteria for an international PhD? What kind of funding is available? Do PhD candidates know the difference between an international PhD and a co-supervised one? This paper will address these questions by defining the Spanish framework for doctoral studies and compare the common and divergent points with other doctoral programs in other countries.

The Construction of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Choreomundus: Collaboration and Synergy in the Context of Institutional and Cultural Specificities
by Georgiana Wierre-Gore

Opened in 2012, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Choreomundus – International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage, is the result of a collaboration between four European partner universities. In September 2022, it hosts its eleventh intake with 27 students from 22 different countries. The master issues a single diploma parchment, a feat rare for an Erasmus Mundus. The aim of this presentation is to examine the relational conditions which made it possible to build this programme, financed by the European Commission and now in its third edition, in the context of universities with administrative, pedagogical and financial procedures of a surprising diversity.

Roundtable and Q&A

Working in a Foreign Country or on a Foreign Corpus

by Christina Gillinger

Tanzquartier Wien is a centre for contemporary choreography and performance in Vienna (Austria) with a weekly performance programme, training for professional dancers, a library/archive and a theory programme. Since 2018 it hosts the interdisciplinary, interuniversity post-grad forum TQW DOC on the subjects of choreography, performance, body, art and politics. Once a month students and theorists gather to network with colleagues from other disciplines and other institutions. Besides exchanging methods and conceptual work on terminology, those attending can present their own research projects and put them up for discussion. So far students from various Austrian Universities as well as coming from Belgrade, Bratislava, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, London, Jena and Giessen have shared their experience within the group. []

Presentations by PhD Candidates from the TQW DOC Network

The Art of Decolonization
by Miriam Aigner

Postcolonial theories are gaining more traction in the western public sphere, including the arts and cultural domain. The aim of this work is to explore the political and social-critical meanings of art, especially dance, in relation to postcolonialism. I hypothesise that postcolonial critique through art makes an important contribution to postcolonial theory, as it takes on the subject – postcolonialism – in a potentially less Eurocentric way than on a purely western scientific basis. The body and the representation of bodies in dance play a central role for this assumption. Also, the connection between the collective and the private, or the structural and the individual are part of the research. I want to explore the potential of art as postcolonial critique with an analytical perspective informed by the aforementioned theoretical perspectives on the one hand, and with an illustrative empiricism on the other.

Transnational Lives – Creolized Dance. The Œuvres of Nyota Inyoka, Armen Ohanian and Leila Bederkhan
by Christina Gillinger

In my PHD project I examine the lives and œuvres of three female dancers / choreographers who lived between various nations and cultures in Europe, Asia and the Americas in the beginning of the twentieth century. Their creolized artistic works contest notions of authenticity and gender roles.

Rethinking Intimacy : Remote Sensing / Distributed Intelligence as Choreographic Encounters
by Julia Wolf

Julia Wolf’s practice explores the intersection between smartphone-based remote sensing data, decentralised ecosystems (metaverse, UV texture maps), and intimacy’s power in more-than-human worlds. Straddling diverse concepts and disciplines, including post-Newtonian analytics, new materialisms, extended choreography, and the erotics of sense, Julia’s practice-led research embraces the algorithmic and aesthetic potential that can exist beyond a human-like veneer. Here, agency and identity are no longer understood as predefined properties that can be programmed into an algorithm but are enacted in the event of the encounter. As a result, her research proposes alternate, fundamentally embodied and intimate ecologies of human-algorithm interaction by investigating today’s role of choreographic processes.


Making Research Available and Visible in Europe

A Panorama of European Programs and Research Opportunities
A dialogue between Sonia Nikitin and Pauline Patoux

This talk will introduce the main objectives of training and research European programs, and their resonance with other professional fields and main European political stakes. Sonia Nikitin and Pauline Patoux will present three different EU programs (Erasmus+, Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Horizon Europe) while relying on examples of already finalized projects in order to give a fuller picture of the various ways they can be carried out and what their priorities are. They will also talk about other important aspects of these European programs, such as financing, geographical mobility, documentation and networks, cooperations, professional opportunities and how research projects can be supported.

Presentation of Tesis en Danza, Three Days and a Collective Book
by Beatriz Martínez del Fresno

The collective book Tesis en Danza stems from the regular activities led by the Dance Commission of the Sociedad Española de Musicología (SEdeM) over three days organized in collaboration with the Madrid Centro Danza Canal between February 2018 and December 2019. During this forum, a group of young dance scholars who had recently defended their PhD in a Spanish university were invited to participate in a debate on their experiences, the problems and major methodological stakes of their work. The volume published in 2022 is inspired by these talks and is composed of an introduction and 11 chapters which answer a common questionnaire, allowing us to get a clearer sense of the various orientations and theoretical frameworks of doctoral research in dance in Spain and to present a state of the art in a scientific field that is still in a phase of consolidation.


Final Words


Miriam Aigner was born in Mödling (Austria) and studied sociology (BA) in Vienna and is now doing a master’s degree in sociology in Jena (Germany). She is currently writing her master’s thesis at Friedrich-Schiller-University on postcolonialism and arts, specifically dance. Miriam dances a lot herself and also teaches an improvisation dance class at the university sports center in Jena.

Christina Gillinger-Correa Vivar studied contemporary dance and choreography at University Paris 3; Theatre, Film and Media Studies as well as Philosophy at the University of Vienna and Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has been developing own artistic projects as a visual artist since 2002 mostly using video / sound / installation / text and worked as a dancer / performer with several artists. Since 2017 she is a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and since 2020 in the Theatre, Film and Media Studies program of the University of Vienna. In October 2019 she joined the research-team of Border Dancing Across Times as a PHD student at the department of Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg. Since 2002 she has been working at Tanzquartier Wien as a producer, curator and art mediator, since 2017 she is in charge of the library and editor of the TQW Magazine. In this role she initiated the interdisciplinary doctoral students network TQW DOC.

Beatriz Martínez del Fresno is a professor in the department of Art History and Musicology in the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain). She specializes in music and dance in 20th-century Spain and has directed six national R&D projects, as well as coordinated the collective volumes Coreografiar la historia europea. Cuerpo, política, identidad y género en la danza (Universidad de Oviedo, 2011) and Tesis en Danza (Sociedad Española de Musicología, 2022). She was also co-editor of Dance, Ideology and Power in Francoist Spain (1938-1968) (Brepols, 2017), Danza, Género y Sociedad (Universidad de Málaga, 2017) and Música y Danza entre España y América (1930-1960). Diplomacia, intercambios y transferencias (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2021). She is the director of the research unit Música, Danza y Estudios Culturales (MUDANZES) in the Universidad de Oviedo and the president of the Comisión de Danza (ComDanza) in SEdeM. 

Sonia Nikitin is a PhD candidate in the Université Lumière Lyon 2, working under the supervision of Sarah Cordonnier (France) and Gerko Egert (Germany). Her practice-based research project examines the circulation of knowledge in contemporary dance shared creative processes, from the perspective of pluriversality. She will coordinate the “Shakin’” international cooperative project until September 2022. This project questions production, transmission and knowledge circulation processes in cultural contexts and also integrates professional experiences in cultural mediation, particularly in a “Community Arts Centre” in Vancouver and a cultural department in a psychiatric hospital in Lyon.

Georgiana Wierre-Gore is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of Dance and Bodily Practices at the University of Clermont Auvergne, and a member of the research centre ACTé. She founded and coordinated several masters programmes in the Anthropology of Dance including the Erasmus Mundus programme Choreomundus – International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Her research focusses on dance transmission, politics and heritage (with Andrée Grau Anthropologie de la danse: Genèse et construction d’une discipline, 2006 and The Anthropology of Dance, 2018). She was Assistant Director, in charge of International Relations, of the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral School of her university.

Pauline Patoux has been a Lyon resident since 2015, where she has coordinated several international and European partnership projects in the conservatory (Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse) between 2015 and 2020. She has been a coordinator in the Lyon Centre national de la danse since March 2020. In addition, she regularly gives talks in several higher education institutions during classes dedicated to European cultural projects (Université Lyon 2 and EAC Lyon).

Julia Wolf is a PhD researcher at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research situates post-Newtonian analytics, new materialisms and the erotics of sense as ‘radical matter’, a practice-led encounter with contemporary philosophy, remote sensing, and choreography. She explores what new forms of intimacy can be produced by the slippage between human and algorithmic cognisors. Recent engagements include participation at the Tate Modern 2017 (UK), Liverpool Independents Biennial 2018 (UK), 3rd Tbilisi International Triennial 2018 (GE), London Science Museum 2019 (UK), Whitechapel Gallery 2019 (UK) & Museumsquartier Vienna 2021 (AT).

A project proposed by the Doctoral Workshop (Atelier des doctorants) committee
Pauline Boschiero, PhD candidate in Toulouse-Jean Jaurès University (performing arts),
Anaïs Loyer, PhD candidate in Côte d’Azur University (dance),
Marie-Marie Philipart, PhD candidate in Côte d’Azur University (dance),
and the Recherche et Répertoires chorégraphiques department in the CND.


Citer ce billet
Comité de l'Atelier (2022, 1 septembre). European Doctoral Dance Studies / September 30, 2022 / Program. Doctorants en danse. Consulté le 21 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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