Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to dancing in their bedrooms as they manage mental health challenges and isolation that have come with the restrictions on our bodies and public space imposed by lockdowns. How can dancing be understood as a tool to cope or to survive?  

Dance and performance are also mediums of self-expression and tool of resistance. They allow us to refuse domination, and reclaim our bodies, our movement, and our sexualities. As we have seen in My.Kali’s digital parties and beyond, every person is a performer and a dancer in their own beautiful and unique way.

In this issue, “Ya Leil Ya Ein,” we invite you to explore dance/performance and how they connect to sexuality and the body. We aim to deconstruct and analyze their role in the SWANA region, and track how it has evolved and been perceived through time. 

Key Domains

Below are three domains to help guide you as you envision the issue and how you might contribute to it. The questions listed are only a starting point; we welcome your ideas, suggestions, and input even if it does not yet fit within the issue’s structure.    

Dance and identity
How have national, ethnic, cultural, and/or sexual identities refracted through dance and performance practice? How have they been used as a tool for self-expression in private and/or public spaces? How do questions of identity shape the future of dance and performance? 

Dance and History
How have dance and performance been celebrated and stigmatized through history? How have they emerged and shifted through history (ex. cabarets)? How have they moved into digital spaces, or been digitized in music videos and film? How has gender impacted dance and performance practice through history (ex. belly dancing for men)?

Dancing and (Neo)Colonialism 
Can dance and performance be tools to counter (neo)colonialism? How have dance/performance and dancers/performers been objectified through cultural colonialism and orientalism, and what does this mean for the current moment? 


Submission details

DEADLINE – Modified – MAY 15th, 2021

For written work:

  • Please send an abstract no less than 200 words to the magazine on (info@mykalimag.com) before beginning your written piece. This should include (a) the topic/angle you want to cover, and your anticipated argument or guiding question, (b) the reason for choosing the topic/angle, and (c) what it might add to the conversation (in other words, why is it important).
  • We are looking for original articles from 750-1200 words. Concept notes will be reviewed and approved by editors. (They cannot have been previously published or submitted to multiple sites.)
  • Deadline for the concept note only, – Modified May 15th, 2021. Submission of the full article would be arranged individually with the editors.

For photography, artwork, video, design: 

  • You can either submit ready work with a concept note, or email us to work with a writer to provide customized work. In the latter case, please provide a “sample” so we can get a sense of your aesthetic/vibe. 
  • Deadline for concept, – modified – May 15th, 2021.

More information: 

  • Our editors will work directly with the writers to finalize the pieces before publishing; this is an interactive process.
  • The person has the freedom to be named as they decide, whether using their given or chosen name, pen name, or alias. 
  • Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage everyone to produce their works using all the necessary safety measures. Get creative and be experimental.

For more information/submissions, please email us at: info@mykalimag.com

You can also contact us via the contact us page

Featured Video: from music video ‘Sheikh El Shabab’ – Nancy Ajram. Our reservations about her opinions and different stances.

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