Borders of Blackness, the 2019 Black Performance Theory (BPT) convening, will be held at Arizona State University. The Black Performance Theory working group is a collective of scholars working on the theory, history and practice of African Diasporic expressive cultures. Bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives provides an unbounded look at performative commonalities/divergences of the African Diaspora including, but not limited to, music, dance, feminist strategies, spirituality, oratory, performance art, architecture and public space theory, racial formation, theatre, historiography, spoken word and queer cultures. The group strives for vibrant critical discussions of methodologies, paradigms and approaches to theorizing Black performance.
The public is invited to attend keynotes and performances at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26 at the Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre in Bulldog Hall.
Borders of Blackness is organized by ASU professors Grisha Coleman, Marlon M. Bailey and Marcus White in collaboration with Thomas DeFrantz of Duke University. The convening is hosted by the School of Social Transformation and by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts with support from its Projecting All Voices initiative, which is funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. The event is also supported by the Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement. External partners include Duke and Northwestern University.