The Asia Pacific International Dance Conference 2011 is set to benchmark the standard of dance scholarship in the Asia Pacific region while enabling the Cultural Centre University of Malaya to become the centre for such discourses. It will also enabled the Cultural Centre to forge international linkages with international institution of higher learning in dance and the performing arts through the presence of international and local scholars in this conference who are members of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music), CORD (Congress on Research in Dance), WDA-AP (World Dance Alliance-Asia Pacific), SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology) and World Alliance for Arts Education – UNESCO (WAAE-UNESCO).
This conference will be curated by an international interlocutor who is currently a Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the Cultural Centre to generate interest amongst dance scholars to participate in this conference, hitherto, positioning the Cultural Centre as an international centre for dance studies. The interlocutor, Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor, is the current President of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific and heads an international dance organisation with a constituent that embraces the entire Asia Pacific region. He is also the current chair of the sub-study group for Dance in the Muslim World within the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology and a member of the ICTM Study group on Performing Arts in Southeast Asia that engages renowned ethnochoreologists at the international level. As a former international advisory board member for IWAI (Islamic World Arts Initiative) of the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for Islamic Arts, he is well connected to invite scholars to the international dance conference. As the curator of the said conference, he will be in the position to link the Cultural Centre University of Malaya to international dance organisations and other regional institutions of higher learning to achieve the objectives as mentioned above.
With an aim to situate and privilege the Cultural Centre as the premier information centre for dance studies in Southeast Asia, a book containing selected papers from the conference will be published jointly by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya and the National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture. Pre-publication conference papers will be made available on CD format for all conference participants as part of the conference package.