Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed digital journal that fosters research, critical analysis, and vigorous discourse, on Africana (African, African Diaspora, and African American) dance, acting, and filmmaking. Evoke seeks to bring Africana performing arts into scholarly discussions thereby documenting, preserving, and providing exposure to under-researched narratives in Africana vernacular and professional performing arts. Accordingly, Evoke provides a venue for scholars of African, African American, and African Diaspora dance, theatre, and film.

Evoke accepts submissions for its January and August issues in diverse formats including but not limited to: print, film/video, podcasts, and other digital humanities formats. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome to submit articles and digital content, providing their submissions uphold the aims and scope of the journal. Reviews of books, dance concerts, plays, and films, that are in accordance with the aims and scope of Evoke are also welcome.

*Evoke is hosted through Howard University’s digital platform. See below for the Call for Papers.



Evoke is calling for submissions for its inaugural Volume in 2019, comprised of Issue 1 (January 2019), and Issue 2 (August 2019). The deadline for all submissions is August 6, 2018.

Volume 1, Issue 1: “Crossing Borders.”

Hip-hop dance has become a global phenomenon. Its practice can be witnessed on the internet in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and its birthplace, the US. Hip-hop emerged as a result of the experiences of people of African descent in America. However, the narratives that it conveys cannot be contained within the borders of America because they are familiar to people of African descent in all areas of the globe. Borders have historically been a nonfactor with regard to the proliferation, application, and practice of Africana performance arts. The theme, “Crossing Borders,” seeks to interrogate Africana arts – dance, theatre, and film – that have boundlessly enriched the lives of people in territories other than where the artform originated. What are the narratives that these artforms convey? How and why are they relevant to people so far away from the point of origin? Can new narratives be infused in Africana artforms that originated somewhere else? These are but a few of the infinite potential topics that can be explored in submissions. All articles are to be submitted on Evoke’s website. No hardcopies will be accepted. Submission deadline is August 6, 2018.


Volume 1, Issue 2: “Performing Identity.”

Identity has historically been an elusive phenomenon to define. It is both static and dynamic, and is constructed, deconstructed, appropriated, and preserved, by individuals, groups, and nations. Elusiveness notwithstanding, Africana performance – dance, theatre, film/filmmaking – displays and defines identity in ways that words cannot. The theme, “Performing Identity,” seeks to foster critical analysis and rigorous discourse regarding identity and the performance of dance, theatre, and film/filmmaking, in Africa and the African Diaspora. All articles are to be submitted on Evoke’s website. No hardcopies will be accepted. Submission deadline is August 6, 2018.


For submissions:

http://dh.howard.edu/evoke/ or
http://evokejournal.org (and click the Evoke Website button)


For more information, contact:

Dr. Ofosuwa M. Abiola, Editor-in-Chief
Howard University
Department of Theatre Arts
(202) 806-5462

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