Conversations in West African Dance: An Anthropological Approach

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Conversations W African Dance

Spring 2022

Taught By: Darian Parker

Section: A

CRN: 11968

Credits: 4

West African dance is defined by “conversation”. There is polyrhythmic conversation that occurs between the dancers and the musicians, and there is conversation that occurs globally, in terms of how the dance, and African Diasporic culture, is documented and disseminated. This course will explore these forms of conversation and more. Focusing primarily on the practice of dance, the course will provide a rigorous introduction to some of the folkloric dance styles of Guinea and Mali, West Africa. In doing so, we will explore the intricate exchange that occurs between the movement and the music. In addition, we will engage with various conversations that occur around African dance and African diasporic culture more generally, examining the work of scholars such as Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus. We will pay special attention to the ways that cultural anthropologists have codified these various conversations, and in doing so, explore methodological and ethical issues around ethnography. This course can also satisfy a LINA requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:36pm 6/29/2022 EDT