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Black Theatricality: Race and Representation in Black Literature and Culture

Comedy and Tradegy for bt confrenceThe 2010 Bildner Symposium

Dartmouth College, April 9 and 10, 2010

This two-day conference will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Entitled "Black Theatricality: Race and Representation," the conference will host papers by both distinguished and emerging scholars, which explore the past, present, and future(s) of black studies. "Black Theatricality" is a useful theme with which to frame discussions about the status and future of black studies. The relationship of blackness to theatricality is essential to the project of dismantling racial hierarchies and the grounds upon which blackness has been staged. Representations of black people in the United States and abroad, from the auction block and minstrelsy to the athlete, politician, mother, diva and hip hop artist, comprise an intensely visual, acoustic, and discursive legacy.

Nevertheless, recent claims that we live in a post-racial world raise the stakes of organizing a conference around race and representation in a global context. By examining theatricality as it applies to representations in literature, visual arts, music, film, and performance art, we hope to prompt discussion of a range of issues facing African American studies and to develop strategies for sustaining our field's institutional and scholarly viability.  In the recent spate of 40th anniversaries, we find this juncture to be an opportunity to examine the progression and trajectory of the field.

All lectures are free and open to all.

Sponsored by the Bildner Endowment and administered by the Leslie Center for the Humanities with additional support from the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty,  African and African American Studies,Department of English and "Voices: The Dartmouth Theater Visiting Artist Program".

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