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CFP: Transcending Americanness

Deadline for submissions:

February, 28, 2023

Contact name/Organization:

Dante Puleio, Artistic Director, Limón Dance Company

Contact email:


Limón Dance Company, Artistic Director Dante Puleio and Photographer Christopher Jones seek
contributions to Transcending Americanness, a multi-hyphenate iteration of José Limón’s legacy
that animates his choreographic work and transnational contributions to the field of dance for
present day consideration through a multidisciplinary framework. Scholarly inquiry
contextualizes Limón as a transnational Mexican American choreographer, performer, and
teacher beyond the shadow of whiteness plagued by the Eurocentric dominance of the early
American modern dance canon. Written scholarship will sit in conversation with a contemporary
and vibrant visual artistic depiction of Limon’s work through Jones’ photography. Throughout
the written and visual narrative are the perspectives of the six artistic directors that succeeded
Limón, providing personal insights into the artistic, sociopolitical and sociocultural implications
of the dance company’s history and trajectory, a first of its kind. This curated account of José
Limón’s life and work through duoethnography and multidisciplinarity will holistically blend
present and future with how his story is told - a transnational disruption across cultural and
performance genre boundaries.

Very little has been written about José Limón over the past 35 years, while the powerful and vital
themes that underpinned his groundbreaking work are as relevant and real today as they were
when he choreographed them two generations ago. This book will fill that void. It will amplify
and illuminate Jose’s legacy as the preeminent Latinx modern dancer and choreographer and
bring to life how the Limón Company and its artistic directors have built on those foundations
over the past 50 years. This examination situates Limón as a generation defining voice and
anchors the importance of a Mexican American artist during a moment in history when society is
beginning to reconcile the historical marginalization of black and brown artists as the current
tensions on migration between Mexico and the United States continue to rise.

This is an unpaid opportunity to collaborate and take part in the

creative process of documenting José Limón's legacy.

Latinx-identifying, emerging and established scholars are encouraged to submit. We are
especially interested in essays that complement and expand upon these themes:

· Limón through a Latinx lens
· Hybridity
· Queerness and Limón
· Borderlands Epistemologies
· Nepantla/Mestiza Consciousness
· Latinx precarity in U.S. modern dance discourse
· Mexican American Choreographers/Choreographies
· Limón and Culturally Engaged Pedagogy
· Representation
· Limón as Performer
· Limón, Religion and Choreography

Dates and Deadlines:
Please send your 250-500-word abstract including two to three sources you plan to draw upon,
along with your name, organization/department affiliation, email address, title of contribution in
MS Word in a Times New Roman 12 typeface via an attachment with subject line Transcending
in an email on or before February 28, 2023 Dante Puleio at
Submissions should be between 6,000-10,000 words in length and should be original scholarly
work. Authors should submit papers in current MLA style with a works cited page and a
minimum of endnotes.


Contributors will be notified of acceptance of abstracts on or before
March 10, 2023.


Full papers are due on July 14, 2023.

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