Jan. 25: Imani Kai Johnson on the Global B-Boy Cypher

Imani Kai Johnson

Assistant Professor of Dance, University of California-Riverside

The Global Cypher? Black Sociality, Soulful Allies, and a Truly Global Culture

ImaniJohnsonIn this talk, Dr. Imani Kai Johnson will present excerpted material from her manuscript, Dark Matter in B-Boying Cyphers. Her work explores Africanist aesthetics within b-boying culture, and uses the metaphor of dark matter–the physics concept for invisible matter–to discuss the substantive impact of invisiblized black culture. This talk builds on previously published work on the global context of breaking by examining the stakes of a discourse of globality, and the frictions of working across differences to enact moments of global connection within cyphers.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Memorial Auditorium, Room 125

Stanford University

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This event is free, but please register by emailing rcarrico@stanford.edu.

The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It receives administrative support from Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and additional funding from Stanford’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.


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