Journal of Pan African Studies

A transdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to an Africological synthesis of African world community studies and research that works to ask questions and seek answers to critical contemporary and historical issues, based on an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 6, September 15

Aesthetic Foundations & Activist Strategies of Intervention in Rickerby Hinds' Buckworld One
"Every generation wants to re-create their reality...Now it's our turn...Welcome to our world...Welcome to Buckworld" (Buckworld One). How to effectively create transformation, whether artistic, political, socio-cultural, individual or all of the...
African Dance as Healing Modality throughout the Diaspora: The Use of Ritual and Movement to Work through Trauma
Traditional African dance is connected to ritualistic and spiritual healing practices, and addresses a range of ailments. The underlying belief is that in the community, mind and body must be incorporated into ritual systems in order to facilitate...
A Terminology of Difference: Making the Case for Black Dance in the 21st Century and Beyond
Debates over the meaning, relevance and value of using Black Dance as both a descriptive term and artistic category have persisted within the dance field since the onset of its wide spread use in the 1960's. As recently as July of 2010, the Jerome...
CaribFunk Technique: Afro-Caribbean Feminism, Caribbean Dance and Popular Culture
CaribFunk technique, by definition, is a 21st century mutation of foundational dance, fitness, and somatic paradigms. I have taken elements of classical ballet, modern (Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Jose Limon), Pilates, yoga, fitness, and Afro-Caribbean...
Dancing with the Ghost of Minstrelsy: A Case Study of the Marginalization and Continued Survival of Rhythm Tap
The years leading up to the close of the century were an important time in the evolution of rhythm tap dancing, an indigenous American art form. The majority of African American men who helped to give birth to tap as a jazz based art form had long...
Dancin' on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors: An Introduction
Since the beginning of civilization, African dance, coupled with African music, has played a significant role in the daily lives of African people throughout the continent of Africa. In fact, African dance is so important to the everyday lives of African...
Final I Just Want to Get My Groove On: An African American Experience with Race, Racism, and the White Aesthetic in Dance
Introduction I appreciate dance. I have to dance. It is difficult for me to sit and watch other dancers in motion without imagining myself dancing on stage with them. While I am not a professional dancer, I dance with an appreciation for the art....
From Kitchen Mechanics to "Jubilant Spirits of Freedom": Black, Working-Class Women Dancing the Lindy Hop
"Through sound and movement--through their bodies--musicians, dancers, and athletes enact the formative ideas of the age. Cultural production is political. And intellectual." --Gena Caponi-Tabery in Jump for Joy: Jazz, Basketball, and Black Culture...
Hoodoo Religion and American Dance Traditions: Rethinking the Ring Shout
More than any discipline in the academy, Black Studies explores unseen and overlooked connections between African American life, culture and sociocultural movement in the United States. Uniquely placed as an interdisciplinary enterprise, Black Studies...
"I Don't Want to Do African ... What about My Technique?:" Transforming Dancing Places into Spaces in the Academy
Introduction "I don't want to do African, what about my technique?" a Latina student thoughtfully explains to her advisor when asked why she wanted to drop the Contemporary African/Modern I class and take a modern dance class from another teacher....
In Memory of Queen Nzinga Ratibisha Heru
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Queen Nzinga Ratibisha Heru, International President (1990-2011) of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) at the 2010 ASCAC Midwest Regional Conference in Detroit, Michigan (photo by The...
The Black Male Dancer Physique: An Object of White Desirability
Minstrelsy promoted the notion that black men were inherently violent, savage, oversexed and immoral beings. This construct of black male bestiality and primitivism fostered stereotypes regarding black male sexual prowess which simultaneously stimulated...
The Kilumi Rain Dance in Modern Kenya
"... Wakamba or Kenyans must have traditions as old as any area and perhaps older than most. They must have mastered their environment; otherwise they would be extinct." (1) Introduction Dance is a source of power for Africans and African descendants...
Theorizing Connectivities: African American Women in Concert Dance
In the United States, African American women have continuously enlivened American modern dance as company directors, designers, choreographers, performers, critics, and scholars. Unfortunately, their contributions to American culture have remained...
The Saga of African Dance and Black Studies Departments
Introduction Movement is an integral part of the daily lives of Africans in Africa. In the lives of African descendants in the Diaspora movement, it also plays a substantial role. I refer to this writing as "The Saga of African Dance" so I can include...
When the Past Dances into the Future: An Interview with African-Centered Dance Scholar, Dr. Kariamu Welsh
I was first introduced to Dr. Kariamu Welsh when I was a doctoral student in African American Studies at Temple University in the fall of 2004. As a formally trained dancer, it was a natural fit for me to enroll in an African Dance class as part of...
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