To gain a wholistic understanding of the experiences of people of African descent scattered throughout the globe one must engage their dance systems. African diaspora dance systems are living, performed narratives that reveal and simultaneously preserve historic and developing cultural tenets. Whether the dances were brought from Africa via the transatlantic slave trade or grown and nurtured from their African foundations to reflect the particular circumstances of the diasporic experience, African diaspora dance provides a lens to engage the mindset, aspirations, agency, and trials of diasporic people. Dance is exceedingly pliable, and its uses are unrestricted. Thus, African Diaspora dance has been utilized to inform, formulate, and enforce identity, fight injustice, document momentous events, and express universal thoughts without the barrier of language. African diaspora dance systems house colossal amounts of information. Yet, they are repeatedly overlooked or under-researched by scholars.  Fire Under My Feet: Historical Perspectives on Dance in the African Diaspora seeks to critically analyze African diaspora experiences, provide a voice for the underrepresented, and preserve culture and history through the vehicle of dance.

We are seeking interdisciplinary contributions from scholars throughout the African diaspora. Manuscripts should be a minimum of 7500 words inclusive of notes and bibliography. Manuscripts may address any aspect of the African Diaspora experience, providing it intersects with or there is a relationship to dance. All manuscripts addressing African Diaspora dance will be considered. However, special attention will be given to manuscripts that discuss any aspect of Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Venezuelan, Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Mexican dance, or the relationship between African or African Diaspora dance and Martial Arts.

Authors are to submit a 250 word abstract and a brief bio by August 1, 2019. Authors with accepted abstracts will be notified by August 31, 2019. Final submission will be due January 30, 2020.

Email all submissions to: ofosuwa.abiola@howard.edu with “Fire Under My Feet – Manuscript Abstract” in the subject line.


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