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Higher Education Roundtable | Speculative Futures: the Dance HE we dream of

The title for this year’s HE Roundtable, Speculative Futures: the dance HE we dream of, is based on approaches from Speculative Fiction and Speculative Futures Design that visualise new and potential worlds, moving us beyond what currently exists into what could one day. This discussion will invite us to imagine how dance in Higher Education could be, proposing a model of questioning that includes the speculations, “What if this happened?” or “What if the world were this way?” as though everything – and the ideal – were possible.

This comes as an attempt to shift away from continually focusing on problems and everything that is wrong with our systems. We are conscious that circumstances in HE and dance in general are currently precarious, unsustainable, inequitable and far from ideal. The impacts of the pandemic, Brexit, and brutal cuts to an already under-resourced artistic discipline are threatening programmes that we care about, and colleagues’ livelihoods, whilst in other areas change is exactly what is required. We are aware that great solidarity and energy will be required to resist the damage, and work towards positive change for our sector, and we hope that this year’s roundtable might try and flip the perceptual lens onto what we hope to see in the future as a collective imaginative  exercise. Imagination being a key to change…

Guest speakers Kimberley Harvey, Gillie Kleiman and Jason Keenan-Smith will offer short provocations about what their ideal HE environment would be like. This will be followed by open-ended conversations in small groups that respond to and discuss each provocation. The provocations and summaries of the conversations will be noted and shared in ID’s digital library as an open resource.

The ID Roundtable is a facilitated meeting space running annually since 2012. Supporting and nurturing artists who in turn teach other artists is a key part of our mission and we offer this gathering space for useful exchange in the context of higher education and the wider dance sector. Recent roundtables have explored Recognising Racism in Our Classrooms (2020), and Agency Under Pressure (2019), looking at ways in which we can have agency and impact in a political climate thats puts the arts under so much pressure. Notes from these and other roundtables are available in our Digital Library here.

There is a £5 contribution towards speakers’ fees but please let us know if this is a barrier for you by emailing alison@independentdance.co.uk

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HE Roundtable 2022
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