The Dance Program currently sponsors several academic conferences, including:

  • The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) 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.  
  • Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars and practitioners from scientific, creative, and mystical disciplines to explore and share transformative paths leading to integration of mind, body and spirit. Acknowledging these complex interrelationships is a step towards empowered and enlightened healing of ourselves, our relationships, and our environment. We are physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual beings, and the interplay between all these parts of ourselves affects our quality of life moment-to-moment -- our ability to synthesize ideas and knowledge; to develop our intuition; to imagine and create; to heal. 

Diasporic Dance Humanities 2017: Bodies|Mobilization|Transmission

The Dance Program and African & African American Studies (AAAS) will convene a series of events that underscore the reach of diasporic dance humanities in Spring 2017.

  • January 31, visual artist and choreogrpahic collaborator Lamont Hamilton will visit the Duke campus in an artist residency, sharing work he recently showed at the Studio Museum of Harlem. More info.
  • February 14, noted historian and theorist of Asian American dance Yutian Wong, Chair of Dance at San Francisco State, will visit Duke, to offer a public lecture and a casual luncheon event aimed at Asian American students interested in the arts.  More info.
  • March 2, choreographer Jennifer Harge will offer a work-in-progress showing of a collaboration with artist Duane Holland; Harge and Holland will also visit courses and meet with students on campus to discuss the dimensions of “black art” that drive their explorations.  
  • April 11, the leading researcher of Afro-Peruvian artistic exchanges, Luis Paredes, will be in residence at Duke to offer a research lecture and participate in a casual event with students. More info.
  • April 20, professor Diyah Larasati, Chair of the Dance Program at the University of Minnesota, will offer a research lecture before she keynotes the Choreography and Corporeality working group conference, “The Future of Reenactment,” April 20-22 at Duke.

Sponsored by: Duke Dance Program, FHI, SLIPPAGE, Afro-Diasporic Routes, Humanities Writ Large, Choreography and Corporeality Working Group