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Living Room Lecture

Black Dance and the Politics of Movement

Thursday, February 11, 2021 |
5:30PM - 6:15PM ET

This is a virtual event.
A portrait of Jasmine Johnson

Location

Virtual Event - Penn Museum

Category

Part of the Living Room Lectures Series

Thirsty for knowledge? Enjoy happy hour in your own home with one of our Museum’s awesome specialists. Living Room Lectures deliver social interaction with educational elements, and everyone is welcome. Cheers!

Join Jasmine Johnson, Ph.D., for a discussion focused on the politics of Black movement, including dance, diasporic travel, and gentrification. Jasmine will draw from her research on the industry of West African dance and the cultural history of Black American dance to bring these topics to life. As a professional dancer who has performed internationally, she will also share her personal experiences with dance and performance. Finally, Jasmine will offer her thoughts on the future of dance and the dance communities actively shaping this discipline.

Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. Johnson's interdisciplinary research and teaching are situated at the intersection of diaspora theory, dance and performance studies, ethnography, and Black feminisms. Her first book project, Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora, is a transnational ethnography on the industry of West African dance. Johnson has received a number of fellowships and grants including those from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her work has been published by The Drama Review, ASAP Journal, Dance Research Journal, Africa and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Theater Survey, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Aster(ix) and elsewhere. She serves as a Board Director for the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance and for the Dance Studies Association.

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  • At 5:25 pm on the evening of the Living Room Lecture, go to the Penn Museum’s Facebook page. The live-stream will begin at 5:30.
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To access the live-stream without a Facebook account

  • Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow the public to watch live-stream videos if the user does not have a Facebook account. However, we will be sharing recordings of these live-stream videos through Penn Museum At Home. The newest Living Room Lecture video will be uploaded within a few days of the live-stream.

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