Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance

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The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (http://www.cadd-online.org) is an egalitarian community of scholars and artists committed to exploring, promoting, and engaging African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic identity. Through conferences, roundtables, publications and public events, we aim to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry that captures the variety of topics, approaches, and methods that might constitute Black Dance Studies. A diverse gathering of dance scholars and community members, The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance was conceptualized by its founding members and first convened in April 2012 as the African Diaspora Dance Research Group at Duke University. The founding members are: Thomas F. DeFrantz, Takiyah Nur Amin, Raquel Monroe, Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Makeda Thomas, C. Kemal Nance, Jasmine Johnson, John Perpener, Carl Paris, Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Shireen Dickson, and Will Rawls.

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) third conference (February 16-18, 2018, Duke University) aims to carry forward enlivening 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. The conference seeks to center African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic possibility. Anchored by critical dialogue and provocative research presentations, the conference will feature breakout sessions, movement workshops, film screenings, and a performance of CANE: a responsive environment dancework, conceived by Thomas F. DeFrantz and SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology in collaboration with Wideman/Davis Dance. …

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