This is a contemporary history course that discusses performance in the human experience through an aesthetic lens, and examines how performance has been used to create, renew, and in some cases, to deconstruct Black identity. Through an examination of dance, theatre, speeches, and spoken word, literature, visual arts, grassroots movements, rituals, and everyday life, students will engage the ways in which performance has historically been used to shape or advance collective and individual identity globally. Although the course is organized thematically, the themes will be discussed in historical context. The purpose of the course is to challenge students to critically analyze the global impact of performance and how it shapes identity and society. This interdisciplinary course engages the fields of performance studies, history, cultural studies, visual arts, theatre arts, mass communications, international studies, political science, sociology, and comparative literature studies. The content on this website is provided to supplement Performance and Identity class discussions, readings, research, writings, and other course activities described in the syllabus. This course is designed for undergraduate second and third year students.
The Commodification of
Identity & Black Women in the Media
Performance & Identity
Identity: Nigeria's Film Industry
Hidden in the Spoken Word: Notions of Identity
Addressing Race in the Arts, Marc Jacobs and Adele
Too Many Asian American Hip Hop Artists are Anti-Black