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DANCE 160A/AFRICAAM 160A Conjure Art 101: Performances of Ritual, Spirituality and De-colonial Black Feminist Magic

Conjure Art 101 is a movement and embodied practice course looking at the work and techniques of contemporary artists of color who utilize spirituality and ritual practices in their art making and performance work to evoke social change. Our primary focus will be on artists whose ritual work is rooted in Yoruba Ifa and Vodun based spiritual traditions. In this course we will discuss how these artists are experimenting with spiritual ritual in their art making while addressing issues of spiritual accountability and cultural appropriation.  Through movement, writing, visual art making and class discussions we will experiment with creating our own rituals as a practice for transformative art making and performance.


Terms: Aut | Units: 2 |

IDA Instructor:  Amara Tabor-Smith


AFRICAAM 128: Roots Modern Experience - Mixed level (Dance 128) 

In this course students will be introduced to a series of Afro-contemporary dance warm ups and dance combinations that are drawn from a broad range of modern dance techniques, somatic practices and dance traditions of the African diaspora with a particular focus on Afro Brazilian, Afro Cuban and Haitian dance forms. Our study of these dance disciplines will inform the movement vocabulary, technical training, class discussions, and choreography we experience in this course. Students will learn more about the dances and rhythms for the Orishas of Brazil and Cuba, and the Loa of Haiti with an additional focus on other African diaspora dance forms such as, Cuban Haitian, Palo, Samba and Samba-Reggae. Dance combinations will consist of dynamic movement patterns that condition the body for strength, flexibility, endurance, musicality and coordination. Through this approach to our warm ups and class choreography, we will deepen our analysis and understanding of how African diaspora movement traditions are inherently embedded in many expressions of the broadly termed form known as contemporary dance.

Terms: Aut 2020 & Spring 2021 | UG Reqs: way_ce

IDA Instructor:  Amara Tabor-Smith


AFRICAAM 69/269: Black Studies Matter

Black Studies Matter is a course that features AAAS Affiliated Faculty that will introduce ten foundational texts in Black Studies. This course is an amazing opportunity to engage with Black faculty at Stanford.

Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 3-5

Instructors: Hobbs, A. (PI)

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AFRICAAM 93/293: Research Methods in Africana Studies

Research Methods in Africana Studies is a course designed to  introduce students to methodologies in Africana Studies. Dr. Hadiya Sewer is a brilliant mind and is incredibly engaging. We especially encourage our Junior and Seniors to enroll in as you prepare for your Capstone and Honors Thesis.  

Terms: Aut | Units: 3-5

Instructors: Sewer, H. (PI)

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ARTHIST 493 The Art of Punk: Sound, Aesthetics and Performance

This seminar explores the sonic and visual aesthetics of punk rock since the 1970s. While studying music, videos, zines, and album covers, students will examine the convergence of art with politics among artists, such as Lydia Lunch, Vaginal Davis, and Shizu Saldamando, and bands, including Crass, the Plasmatics, and Los Illegals, as well as punk subgenres, like No Wave, Riot Grrrl, and Queercore. Likewise, students will consider how issues of identity, race, gender and sexuality informed artists and their work.

Instructor: Salseda, R (PI)

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DANCE 30: Contemporary Choreography: Chocolate Heads Performance Project (AFRICAAM 37)

The Chocolate Heads

Movement Band attracts dancers and beginner movers from diverse dance styles and cultures (Hip-Hop to Contemporary, Skateboarding to Wushu). Students participate in the dance-making/remix process, alongside storytellers, musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers, to co-design a multimedia production. Autumn 2020, we will pioneer the “visceral in the virtual” to create a gestural portrait of a brilliant artistic community. Where are you in the world? Imagine moving through a sensorial landscape while traveling in place. What personal passion will drive your exploration? Audition: Tuesday (9/15) during class. Callbacks and Alternate Audition: Thursday (9/17), with instructor permission. Dancers, interdisciplinarians, and artists of all stripes are encouraged to contact the instructor.


2 Units | GRADE: S/NC or LETTER

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