Dancing the African Diaspora 2014 Conference

DANCING THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: Theories of Black Performance

Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 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?

"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.

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 and dances; pedagogical politics; identity and community making; gender and sexuality; colonialism; neoliberalism; commodification.

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

Early Full Conference: $75 (before January 3, 2014)
Regular Full Conference: $100
Saturday Only: $40

Full registration includes entrance to all official conference events including Friday’s Urban Bush Women performance, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Saturday registration includes all Saturday events, including meals.

Only 14 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and two miles from the Duke Campuses, this hotel has complimentary airport pick-up (with reservation) and shuttle service to destinations within five miles including downtown Durham. Parking is free. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant and fitness center, and all rooms also have complimentary WiFi, a 32-inch HDTV with over 60 HD channels, and a refrigerator.

To book rooms at the discounted conference rate of $101 please call 1-800-HILTONS, (1-800-445-8667) and mention the African Diaspora Group Block or Group Code: AFD over the appropriate dates. Rooms may also be reserved online via this exclusive booking link: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUDHHF-AFD-20140207/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.

The cut-off date for making reservations at the discounted rate is Thursday, January 9, 2014.

Collegium for African Diaspora Dance; 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.

Conference Committee|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.
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