Perspectives in Dance as Culture: Dance of the African Diaspora|
Fall 2015 not offered
ANTH 325, ENVS 377|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
In this combined technique and ethnography course we will explore some of the many dance practices of the African Diaspora. We will focus on Senegal and Ghana in West Africa and follow the path of the Middle Passage to Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. Investigating both traditional and popular dance forms, we will consider how African dance and culture has influenced many performance practices throughout the Americas. To these ends, course work will include: learning specific dances (Sabar, Capoeira, Orisha dancing, salsa, tap, and hip-hop for example); engaging in readings that provide critical, cultural, and historical context; participating in analytical and self reflective dialogue; as well as creating an independent research paper.
This course is supported by the Creative Campus Initiative: (www.wesleyan.edu/creativecampus)
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(DANC)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(SISP-Anth Conc)
To be announced.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
An in class presentation, reading responses, a final research "performance/ethnographic" project, and a final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is designed for students who have had some previous experience with research methods (in any discipline) and have a basic grasp of doing scholarly research. The POI process is intended ensure that you are prepared for the work and the level of critical engagement. You will be expected to have a research project, or topic, or issue that you have already given some thought to.
This course will explore and critically examine various methods of doing your research, and the various politics that surround those methods (validity, ethics, representation, authority, generalizability, justifiability...). Students will engage in a semester-long research project of their choosing. NO prior experience in dance, performance studies, or anthropology required.
IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE please send the instructor an email describing why you are interested and what you hope to research.
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