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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION// Dancing the African Diaspora — Theories of Black Performance


Dancing the African Diaspora — Theories of Black Performance

February 7-9, 2014 Duke University, Durham, NC

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 ?

This two-day conference seeks to explore African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic identity. The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion that captures the variety of topics, approaches, and methods that might constitute Black Dance Studies.

"Dancing the African Diaspora" suggests multiple needs and interests. We are interested in papers/presentations that consider dance practices throughout the African diaspora, and the specific contexts that engender them. We are also interested in dance as an approach to the African diaspora itself. This convening situates black dance as constituted by theories of black performance. We invite you to explore black movement as a technology of African diasporic identity-making.

Presentations are invited along any theoretical line of inquiry concerned with African diaspora dance. We welcome papers that engage any site or topic related to black movement and those that represent a rigorous engagement with a number of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Possible Topics include

" Definitions of African diaspora dance

" Black dance, virtuality, and technologies of mediation

" Aesthetics

" Dancers, dances

" Pedagogical politics

" Identity and community making

" Gender and sexuality

" Colonialism, neoliberalism, commodification

Deadline for Proposals October 1, 2013

Confirmations sent October 15, 2013

all questions

to submit a proposal :

The conference committee intends to produce a volume of materials presented at the conference in an edited anthology.

Conference Committee|Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) Founding Members

Takiyah Amin, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Shireen Dickson, Jasmine Johnson, Raquel Monroe, C. Kemel Nance, Carl Paris, John Perpener, Will Rawls, Makeda Thomas, Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Ava LaVonne Vinesett.

Sponsors for this event include :

SLIPPAGE : Performance|Culture|Technology in residence at Duke ; Humanities Writ Large @ Duke ; the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance @ Duke ; the Corporeality Working Group @ Duke ; the Duke Dance Program ; African and African American Studies at Duke.