BLACK MATTERS: Black Performance Theory 2017

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Black Performance Theory working group is a collective of scholars working on the theory, history, and practice of African Diasporic expressive cultures. The primary mission of BPT is to provide intellectual and community support to Assistant Professors as they move through the challenges of academic life. The experience of writing and performing theory links scholars and scholar/performers in unique modalities of conversation, debate, and collaboration. Bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives provides an unbounded look at performative commonalities/divergences of the African Diaspora including, but not limited to, music, dance, feminist strategies, spirituality, oratory, performance art, architecture and public space theory, racial formation, theatre, historiography, spoken word, and queer cultures. We strive for vibrant critical discussions of methodologies, paradigms, and approaches to theorizing Black performance.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 4pm
Danforth University Center, Room 234
Julius Fleming, University of Maryland
“Black Patience: Performance and the Racial Politics of Waiting”

Friday, April 28, 2017
Women’s Building Formal Lounge
2 – 5pm: Introduction to Black Performance Theory
6pm: a night of performance featuring Javon Johnson, San Francisco State University

Saturday, April 29
10am – 5:30pm: Workshops and Performance, Women’s Building Formal Lounge
10pm: Closing Reception with DJ GOOD PEOPLES, Bar Napoli, 7754 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO
Sponsored by The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity and the Department of African & African-American Studies

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 9:30am – 12pm
Women’s Building Formal Lounge
Performance in the Academy, Mentorship, and Beyond
Hosted by the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis and SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology at Duke University.

Professors Jeffrey Q. McCune (Washington University) and Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke University) are the BPT 2017 co-conveners.

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