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Aesthetics of the Body in Japan and Europe

Conference at Freie Universität Berlin on Culture-specific Notions of Beauty and Movement in Dance

№ 159/2012 from Jun 13, 2012

An international conference focusing on the aging body with special reference to dance will be held at Freie Universität Berlin from June 28 to 30, 2012. Scholars from the United States, Japan, and Germany will participate in a comparative discussion of the differences in normative discourses and institutions and in gender-related concepts of body and movement between the Euro-American and Japanese dance traditions. In Japan, for example, aging dancers are revered as part of the country’s living heritage. The conference language is English. It will be open to the public, and there is no registration fee.

The conference "Aging Body in Dance: Seeking Aesthetics and Politics of the Body through the Comparison of Euro-American and Japanese Culture" is being organized by the Center for Research on Movement based at the Institute for Theater Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. It is being sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the Japan Foundation.

Time and Place

  • First meeting: June 28, 3 p.m.; The final meeting ends June 30, around 7 p.m.
  • Uferstudios Berlin, Badstr. 41a (Tor 1), 13357 Berlin; subway station: Pankstraße (U8), Nauener Platz (U9)

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter, Institute for Theater Studies,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-50323, Email: 

Link to the conference program