DANCING THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: Theories of Black Performance
What sorts of embodied practices constitute African diaspora dance?
In what ways has black dance been recognized and acknowledged?
What sorts of historical events have placed dance into enactments of black struggles for civil rights and recognition of citizenship?
How does dance, as a field of study, define African diasporic movement?
"Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance" aims to re-ignite the discourse on defining black dance on a global scale by bringing together scholars, practitioners, educators, and other stakeholders for three days of intellectual and artistic inspiration. Anchored by keynote speaker and Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and provocative research presentations, the conference will also feature breakout sessions, movement workshops, film screenings, and a premiere performance by Urban Bush Women culminating their Duke residency. The conference committee intends to produce a volume of materials presented at the conference in an edited anthology.
Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD); Duke University Humanities Writ Large Grant; SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology in residence at Duke; and the Corporeality Working Group, the Dance Program, and African and African American Studies Department of Duke University.
Takiyah Amin, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Shireen Dickson, Nadine George-Graves, Jasmine Johnson, Raquel Monroe, C. Kemel Nance, Carl Paris, John Perpener, Will Rawls, Makeda Thomas, Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Ava LaVonne Vinesett.