The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance 4th Bi-Annual Conference


Due October 11, 2019

“Fluid Black: Dance Back” FEBRUARY 21 - 23, 2020 - DUKE UNIVERSITY - DURHAM NC

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance 4th Bi-Annual Conference

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) fourth bi-annual conference aims to provoke enlivened discussions on the power and politics of global Black Dance by bringing together scholars, practitioners, educators, and other stakeholders for three days of intellectual and artistic inspiration.

Our 2019 conference theme, Fluid Black: Dance Back seeks to center African diaspora dance as a resource and method of creative and aesthetic possibility in pursuit of the following lines of inquiry:

  • How do dance and movement practices across the African diaspora create space for fluidity in gender, race, sexuality, ability, and other markers of identity? 
  • How does race, gender, class and sexuality inform African diaspora dance communities, broadly defined? 
  • What kinds of resistant practices does Black Dance offer to combat gendered and raced based discrimination, violence and brutality?
  • In what ways does  Black Dance engender mobility on and off the dance floor or concert stage?
  • How does African diaspora dance help us to queer pedagogical pathways for dance in higher education?
  • How does Black Dance render Blackness visible in the absence of Black bodies?

Anchored by critical dialogue and provocative research presentations, the conference will feature breakout sessions, movement workshops, and film screenings. 

We are interested in papers and presentations that consider dance practices throughout the African diaspora, the specific contexts that engender them, and the ways that they offer artistic and intellectual possibilities pursuant to the conference theme. We welcome contributions that represent rigorous engagement with any number of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Possible topics include:

  • The dynamic flow between black social expression or imagining and concert dance 
  • African diaspora dance geographies and the fluidity of place
  • African diaspora dance in US higher education: opportunities and challenges 
  • African diaspora dance: gendering dance, dancing gender 

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion that captures a variety of topics, approaches, and methods that might constitute Black Dance Studies.