Black Performance Theory Symposium 2011
Hemispheres & Souths
Collaborate with two people taking on the overarching concept of a cardinal point like "South" or "West,” “East” or “North" and work it through a combination of texts and/or scholarly works. Your presentation should be a provocation that suggests unexpected routes of diaspora across "Hemispheres" and "Souths." It can be partially literary, but must contain an element of performance.
Examples: You might pick an imaginary place like the "dirty dirty South" and theorize it through Appurandi, Wyclef Jean, and Zora Neale Hurston to offer a hybrid performance of black social dance circa 1920 and 1990. You might pick “Up South,” “Down South,” “Southsides,” “Pacific Rims,” “Atlantic Rims,” “Black Cities,” “Black Coasts,” “Black Wests,” “I-lands,” “Promised Lands”... etc., to theorize Black "Hemispheres and Souths" in performance. You might layer this with a concept like "gesture" or "affect," or focus in on some local manifestation of diasporic desire.
Creative presentation formats beyond the traditional conference-style reading of prepared papers are not only welcome, but required!
Work in groups of 3. Participants are listed here. Bios will be posted as we receive them.
Be creative and enjoy!
BPT is a project of SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, directed by Thomas F. DeFrantz
FINAL SCHEDULE 2011
Friday May 6, McCune Room
9:30-10:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:30-11:20 “The Black Queer South: A Performance in Three Movements,”
11:25-12:15 “Da Bashment, Da Breath, Da Basement: Spheric Positions of and/from the Bottom,” Jeffrey McCune, Venus Opal Reese, N. Fadeke Castor
1:30 - 2:20 “Revising Representation: The Paradox of Language and Performance of Southern Black Characters,” Antonio Cuyler, Monica Ndounou,
2:25 - 3:15 “easy-n-greasy: dirty south keeps rollin' along,” Thomas DeFrantz &
3:20 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:20 “"Going Home: Memory, Performance, and All of Africa",” Anna Bean, Harvey Young, Koritha Mitchell
4:20 - 5:30 Profession and Research :: Dream Projects
Saturday May 7, Loma Pelona Room
9:30-10:00 Continental Breakfast
10:00-10:50 “The Search for True North,” Christina McMahon, Melissa Blanco Borelli, Rashida Braggs
10:55-11:45 Profession and Research :: Workplace Climate
11:45-1:00 Box Lunch
1:00-1:50 “ the embrace of dis/orientation: errant souths and crooked dreams ,” Hershini Bhana Young, Uri MacMillan, Sarah Jane Cervenac
1:55-2:45 “Transformative Gestures in Southern Rotation,” Grisha Coleman, Yolanda Covington Ward, Raquel Monroe
3:50 -5:00 Profession and Research :: Promotion & Tenure
5:00-5:30 BPT futures
Information about BPT:
Begun in 1998 by Richard Green at Duke University, and convened since then by Thomas DeFrantz (MIT) working with a shifting roster of conveners from the group, the hosts for this year’s working group and conference are E. Patrick Johnson, Jennifer Brody and Harvey Young at Northwestern University. The theme for the gathering is “Theory in Motion.” We thought that the theme opens up all kinds of possibilities for discussion and performance. As in years past, the goals of this year’s event are to:
1) stimulate discussion and reflection