Dancer, professor present at conference – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Dancer, professor present at conference

Cynthia Williams, the Colleges' William R. Kenan Professor and a member of the Dance faculty, recently presented a paper at the joint Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Boston.

The paper, “Unequal Partners: Wo/Men and Dance,” was presented at the conference devoted to discussing gender issues, and described a New York-based group called The Gender Project, which explored the different experiences of men and women in dance today.

Anna Dodge ’07 also presented a paper based on her honors thesis at the same conference. Titled “Meaning Making and Interpretation in a Descriptive Style,” it was part of a Dance and Culture panel titled “Creative Criticism/Critical Creation.” The piece was an analysis of Village Voice critic Deborah Jowitt. Dodge was one of the few undergraduates selected to present at the conference; Williams is her honors adviser.

Williams also participated in a roundtable panel discussion on race and gender in ballet, “Arabesques and Absolutes,” where she described her research on the Moor’s character in Michel Fokine’s ballet “Petrouchka.”

The conference attracted scholars from across the United States, Canada and Europe presenting papers on aspects of popular culture from academics to World’s Fairs and Expositions, with panels on dance, music and literature as well as motorcycles, vampires and video games.