Lectures & Conference Talks

Below is a list of events and the corresponding lecture/talk/roles performed.
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Invited Engagements

Nadine George-Graves speaking at UC San Diego's Teach-In.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Detroit, MI, Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US panel. “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.” August, 2022.

Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) Durham, ND, Panel presentation, “Black Dance Chicago” February, 2022.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) (Virtual due to Covid-19) Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US panel. Discussed my article “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.” August, 2021.

American Studies Association (ASA) Virtual. Presentation, “The Black Abstract” in “The Racial and Colonial Problem of Abstraction: Decolonial Dialogues About Art and Creativity” panel. November 2021.

American Studies Association (ASA) Baltimore, MD. Panel Presentation, “The Racial and Colonial Problem of Abstraction: Decolonial Dialogues About Art and Creativity” (November 2020—canceled due to Covid).

Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) Durham, NC, Panel presentation, "How does Black Dance render Blackness visible in the absence of Black bodies?" February 2020.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Miami, FL, “Dancing With/Out the Canon: Reworking Dance History Curricula,” Co-Presenter with Hannah Kosstrin. November 2019.

American Society for Aesthetics (ASA) Phoenix, AZ, “Defining the Scholarly Memoir: Osumare’s Righteous Artistic and Academic Life,” Panel talk in honor of Dancing in Blackness. October 2019.

Keynote Address for the 10th Confluences Conference at The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. “Academic Bedfellows: Genres, Genealogies and Gestures,” August 2019.

Plenary presentation for American Society for Theater Research (ASTR) San Diego, CA. “Working Black and Blue on the Vaudeville Stage, November 2018. (Conference Cancelled)

 

Dance Studies Association (DSA) conference in Malta, “Embody Your Struggle, Dance Your Dissent: Will the Revolution Start on The Dance Floor?,” July 2018.
 

DSA 2017 Conference Keynote Plenary: Transmissions and Traces. Watch above or on YouTube >>

Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)/Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) joint conference in Riverside, CA, November 2013: “Reimagining Modernisms” panel and plenary panel on Decentering Dance.

 

Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) in Trondheim, Norway, June 2013: “Professionalizing Black Dance: Toby Dancers at the Beginning of the 20th Century.”

 

American Society for Theater Research (ASTR) in Nashville, Tennessee, November 2012: “Working Between Theater Studies and Dance Studies” working session co-convener.

 

Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in Albuquerque, NM, November 2012: “Re: Plenary Passions and Professing Dance” opening plenary address.

American Society for Theater Research (ASTR) and Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), Embodying Power: Work Over Time, 2010: conference co-chair.

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Los Angeles, CA, August 2010: “Enacting/Writing the Historical Figure on the African-American Stage” chair.

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in New York, NY, August, 2009: “The Glass Proscenium Panel.”

 

Black Performance Theory (BPT) at Yale University in New Haven, CT, May, 2009: “Anansi and Afrosonics.”

 

Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, June 2009: “Urban Bush Women and The Black Female Body Divided and Conquered.”

 

Moderator for Ruth Harris plenary lecture “Music of the Struggle”, 2008.

 

Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) at Centre National de Dance in Paris, June 2007: “‘Just Like Being At The Zoo’: Primitivity and Ragtime Dance.”

 

Black Performance Theory (BPT) at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, March 2007: “Post-Positive Realist Theory and Black Performance Theory.”

 

Black Performance Theory (BPT) at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, March 2006: “Anxiety and Black Performance Theory.”

 

Performance Studies International (PSi) at Brown University in Provincetown, RI, March 2005: Senior respondent for Trading Twelves: New Directions in Black Performance Studies.

 

Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, June 2005: Chaired session for "From the Belly of the Drum: Transmitting from the Cultural Center to the Body Through the Pedagogy of Chuck Davis and Katherine Dunham."

 

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, November, 2004: co-investigator (with Daphne Lei and Jorge Huerta) for seminar “Picante or Szechuan?: Acquiring a Taste for Ethnic Performance.”

 

Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) at Duke University in Durham, NC, June 2004: “Performance Is Not A Luxury: Teer, Shange, Zollar and the Legacy of Performance in the Service of Community.”

 

All UC Performance Research Group in Berkeley, CA, April 2004: “Urban Bush Women: The Body Divided and Conquered.”

 

Black Performance Theory (BPT) at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, April 2004: “Theorizing Black Post-Modern Dance”

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in New York, NY, August 2003: “Black Magic Realism: Urban Bush Women and the Embodiment of Literature.”

 

Black Performance Theory (BPT) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, May 2002: "Nappy Heads: On Urban Bush Women's Hair Stories."

 

Yale University African American Studies Reunion Conference in New Haven, CT, March 2002: chaired panel "Are We Still Radicals?" with Henry Louis Gates, Kathleen Clever and other 60s political activists.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Conference in New Haven, CT, January 2002: Chaired panel "Contemporary Art Forms and the Political Mobilization of Youth."

 

Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in New York, NY, November 2001: “’Dixwell’: Urban Bush Women and Community Service”

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Chicago, IL, August 2001: “Beyond Definitions: Urban Bush Women and Post-Modern Black Dance.”

 

Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) in Towson, MD, June 2001: Chaired panel on Contemporary Black Dance.

 

Performance Studies International (PSi) in Mainz, Germany, March 2001: “Box: Silence, Language and the Black Woman.” 

 

Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) in Washington, DC, August 2000: “Theorizing Black Feminist Performance Historiographies.”

 

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) in Minneapolis, MN, November 1999: keynote State of the Profession and Future of The Field address, “Locating the Artist/Scholar Within The Academic Environment.”

 

Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 1999: “Blackface: Practical Applications and Historical Dimensions.”

 

Northwestern University’s Cultural Intersections Conference in Evanston, IL, May 1999: “Box: Silence and The Performance of African American Female Identity.”

 

Performance Studies International (PSi) in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, April 1999: chaired panel “Cartographies of Loss and Memory.”

 

Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) in Toronto, July 1999: “Re-invoking Blackface Images in Donald Byrd’s Minstrel Show.”

 

Performance Studies International (PSi) in New York, NY, March 1998: round table discussant on the future of the field.

 

African Literature Association (ALA) in Austin, TX, March 1998: “Agency in the Negotiation of Race and Gender in Early American Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters 1900-1920.”

 

Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) in Chicago, IL, August 1997: "Agency and the Negotiation of Race and Gender in Early American Vaudeville."

 

Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) at University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, April 1996: "The Whitman Sisters: The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville."

 

Midwestern Theater Conference (MTC) in Evanston, IL, April 1995: "Mother/He: On the Construction of Identity and Ideology in Everyday Life.”

 

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) in Evanston, IL, February 1995: chaired panel "Black Artists Constructing Possible Pasts."

 

Identity Formations in Evanston, IL, April 1994: “Entitled Selves.”

 

 

Invited Engagements

 

Community Conversations, OSU, forthcoming April, 2022

 

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Chameleon Watch Party, panel discussant, October 2020

 

“Slow Down and Walk with Okwui Okpokwasili,”discussion with MacArthur Fellow dance maker, interdisciplinary artist and writer, August 2020.

 

Potion EXP Lunch#, early Zoom think tank discussion on “What’s missing in digital experiences that is essential in relationships we’ve established in the real world?” with Potion Design Firm, June 2020.

 

OSU Research and Innovation Showcase, April 2020. Canceled due to Coronavirus.

 

“Look At My Arms,” invited performative lecture about Sojourner Truth and the suffrage movement, OSU Libraries Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebrations, March 2020.

 

“The Black Abstract,” invited panelist for discussion of Miguel Gutierrez, Wexner Center for the Arts, January 2020.

 

Post-performance discussion moderator, Gibney Dance New York, January 2020.

 

Yale Dance Studies Symposium (invited guest speaker), April 2019.

 

“Brothers’ Keepers: Notes from a Black Dance Dramaturg,” University of Buffalo, April 2018.

 

“Sugar Notes: Black Bodies, Trade and Desire” keynote address for the Dance Studies Association Inaugural Conference Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance, The Ohio State University, October 2017.

 

“Brothers’ Keepers: Black Man Dancing” for Yale Dance Theater, March 2017.

“Taking the Cake: Black Vaudeville, Dance Competitions and Value,” Boyer College,
21 March 2017. Watch the LiveStream of the presentation >>

 

“Diasporic Spidering: Constructing Contemporary Black Identities,” Yale University 45th
Anniversary of the Afro-American Cultural Center, October 2014.

 

Led conversation with Dianne McIntyre and Charles Anderson for James Baldwin, This Time!,
New York Live Arts Live Ideas Festival, April 2014.

 

“Embodied Knowledge and Identity,” Harvard University, 2011.

 

“Passing Strange and African American Identity in the 21st Century,” Baliwick Theater,
Chicago, 2011.

 

“Stacey Robinson and Psychoanalysis,” Black Feminist Performance Summer Institute,
Northwestern University Center for Global Culture and Communication, 2011.

 

Led talkback after Stacey Robinson’s performance of Quiet Frenzy, Northwestern University, February, 2011.

 

“Elementary School Meets Performance Theory: Blackness, Diaspora, and Spidering In The 21st Century,” Princeton University, 2010.

 

Dance Summit Participant (invited think tank on the future of the field and its professional organizations for leaders in the field of dance studies), New York, 2010.

 

“I Refer You To The Library,” Festschrift talk in honor of Sandra L. Richards, 2010.

 

Black Theater Association (BTA) Preconference Town Hall Speaker, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

 

UC San Diego Teach-In on performance and racial tolerance, 24 February 2010.

 

Who-See-Thuh-Black-Card?: (R)evolution and the Lincoln Myth—UCSD Theater and Dance Colloquium, 2009.

 

From Page to Stage: A Conversation with the Professionals and Artists who Shape American Theatre, New York, NY, June 2008 (Yale Alumni Theater Initiative, with Pun Bandu, David Henry Hwang, Anika Larsen, Neil A. Mazzella, and John Gould Rubin).

 

Theater: Crossroads of the Humanities, “Too Dance for Theater/Too Theater for Dance” Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, April 2008.

 

UC Riverside Dance Research Group in Riverside, CA, October 2004: “Urban Bush Women and Post Modern Dance.”

 

Weisman Art Gallery. Lecture: “Tough on Black Actors: Black Vaudeville in America”, 2002.

 

Yale Americanist Colloquium in New Haven, CT, October 2001: “’Dixwell’: Urban Bush Women and Community Service.”

 

Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) in New Haven, CT, April 2000: “The Performing Arts at Yale:  Dance and Choreography.”