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Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Dr Martina Topić


Call for papers for special volume of Israel Affairs


A Dancing Nation - Cultural Sociology of Dancing in Israel


In history, dance has contributed towards creating friendship and understanding. For example, in newly established communities of British settlers in Australia dancing helped newcomers to interact with locals and establish friendly relations (Clendinnen, 2005). Some form of dance exists in social life since early days. For example, ballet as a formalized form of dance exists since 15th century Italy, and from Italy it spread to France and then other countries. At first, ballet was intertwined with opera, but theatrical ballet quickly found its place as an independent form of art. On the other hand, wider population developed traditional folk dances, which today form part of national cultures. In Judaism, dance presents a social tradition since ancient times because Jews have always expressed joy through dancing. This practice continued after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 when Jews even danced on the day modern state of Israel was established, and Israeli state has a rich dancing culture: both folk and artistic. During 1940s, Jewish community was seeking its right to self-determination, and Jewish communities developed Hebrew culture as a national culture that will foster new national Jewish identity (Rottenberg 2013; Maoz 2000). Dance also had an important position in creating the state, and particularly the artistic dance performed mostly by European settlers. Jewish communities also developed folk and modern dance inspired by their countries of origin and the Zionist movement (Rottenberg, 2013). In 1950s, American dance groups came to Israel and this helped in spreading expressionism in dance techniques (Rottenberg, 2013). Various dance companies were established during the 1960s, and while folk dances were created from all distinctive traditions in the land of Israel and from Jews who came to Israel after the creation of the modern state of Israel (Roginsky 2007; Eshel 2011), modern and artistic dance are flourishing in Israel. However, dance has not been without divisions in Israeli society and; thus, there is a conflict between Eastern and Western Jewish dances and the position of these two dancing tradition is not the same (Yellin, 2011).


This volume seeks contributions that tackle socio-cultural aspects of dance, the role of dance in contemporary Israeli society and everyday lives of Israelis.


Papers are invited for the following topics:


Judaism and dance Jewish dance culture in Israel


Zionist dances and culture


Impact of dance on everyday lives of Israelis and understanding between Jews of various backgrounds


Americanization of dance in Israel


Globalization of dance in Israel


Influence of the immigration (Russian, Ethiopian, etc.)


Dancing and its representation in Israeli Media Dancing


Discourse of 'prestige' vs. 'mass' culture


This special volume is supposed to contribute to increasing of the knowledge about Israel and Jewish studies, as well as to contribute to better understanding of Cultural studies and the role of dance in creating and preserving cultural identities. All articles will be a subject to editorial screening and independent peer review, and have to be prepared according to Israel affairs standards (to be sent to authors upon acceptance of abstracts).


Abstract are due 1st June 2014, and should be sent to


Decisions will be sent by 1st July 2014.

Full papers are due 1st December 2014.


Acceptance of abstract does not automatically guarantee the final paper will be accepted since papers will be subjects to two independent peer-reviews.




Clendinnen, I. (2005). Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Eshel, R. (2011). A Creative Process in Ethiopian-Israeli Dance: Eskesta Dance Theater and Beta Dance Troupe, Dance Chronicle, Vol. 34, No. 3: 352-387.


Maoz, A. (2000). McIsrael? On the "Americanization of Israel", Israel Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1: 41


Roginsky, D. (2007). Folklore, Folklorism, and Synchronization: Preserved-Created Folklore in Israel Author(s), Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 44, No. 1: 41-66.


Rottenberg, H. (2013). Anna Sokolow: A Seminal Force in the Development of Theatrical Dance in Israel, Dance Chronicle, Vol. 36, No.1: 36-58.


Yellin, L. M. (2011). Voicing Isr aeli Dance, Dance Chronicle, Vol. 34, No. 1: 152-158.






International Conference 'Rethinking Politics and Politicalculture in Everyday Lives'


21-22. 12. 2014.


Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria