CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 005 Black Performance Culture in the Atlantic World
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course explores different approaches and issues surrounding the study of Black performance culture in the Atlantic World. Central questions to be raised include: What is performance? What is the Atlantic World? How is performance used to transform society or maintain the status quo? What role do performances play in struggles over representation and defining identities? What uses and meanings do performances have for different groups in a society? We will examine performance genres drawn from around the world and here at home (Africa, North and South America, Caribbean, Europe), such as samba and carnival, reggae/dancehall, blackface minstrelsy, rumba/soukouss, sabar, hip-hop, and stepping. We will discuss the circulation and reciprocal influence of various performance forms throughout the Atlantic World, and how these forms have been used to perform identities (of selves, others, nations, etc), embody group histories, and transform power relations. The course will also incorporate films and music recordings, as well as several “movement” sessions that are designed so students actually learn and embody certain performance forms. Grades will be based on writing assignments, class participation, a final research paper, and a final in-class presentation/performance.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
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