African Dance and Religion in the Diaspora

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

African Dance and Religion

Fall 2018

Taught By: Charmaine Warren

Section: A

CRN: 7721

Credits: 4

The Diaspora is fueled by an indivisible link with Africa through ancestor and nature worship, and the people of the Diaspora use religion and dance as one of many expressive systems that maintain this cultural continuum. This course will look at how Africa transformed dancing throughout the Diaspora/the New World, most especially through religious ceremonies where the connection to Africa is danced. This course will also look at how religion and dance brings to the foreground what may be unknown about the Diasporic connection to Africa, and how these forms have allowed room for expressing one's culture. Through reading, discussion forums, group work, and looking at historic and contemporary footage, we will examine connections between movement and religion. Discussions will ask: What happens when Africans are stripped of everything, and transplanted in the New World? What, if any, retentions did they bring with them? Did they form new cultures? What new cultures were formed? Does the term "cultural homogeneity" apply in the New World? Does the term "social organization" apply in the New World? Do the people of the Diaspora necessitate return to their motherland?

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:20am 2/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 200

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/12/2018