College of Liberal Arts

Choreographic Casualties: West African Dance and the Texture of Loss

Monday Mar 19, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | GWB 2.206

Dr. Jasmine Johnson, Assistant Professor Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Brown University

Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. A Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, she earned her Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. She has served as a Newhouse Center for the Humanities Fellow at Wellesley College (2016) and a Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at Northwestern University (2012). In 2016, Johnson was awarded the Michael L. Walzer '56 Award from Brandeis University for combining "superlative scholarship with inspired teaching."

Johnson's work examines the politics of black movement including dance, diasporic travel, and gentrification. Interdisciplinary in nature, her work is situated at the intersection of diaspora theory, dance and performance studies, ethnography, and black feminism. Her first book manuscript, Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora, is under contract with Oxford University Press. 

Johnson serves on the board of The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Editorial Board of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She is also a dancer, and performs internationally.


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