Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-fashioning in Urban Senegal

Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-fashioning in Urban Senegal

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road
Speaker(s): 
Convenor: 
ASC and TORCH

Wednesday 26 February | 13:00 – 13:45 (lunch from 12:45) | Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

The themes raised by Hélène Neveu Kringelbach's book will be discussed by Dr Ramon Sarro (University Lecturer in Anthropology, Oxford) and Professor Terry Ranger (Former Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, Oxford).

About the book:
Senegal has played a central role in contemporary dance due to its rich performing traditions, as well as strong state patronage of the arts, first under French colonialism and later in the postcolonial era. In the 1980s, when the Senegalese economy was in decline and state fundingwithdrawn, European agencies used the performing arts as a tool in diplomacy. This had a profound impact on choreographic production and arts markets throughout Africa. In Senegal, choreographic performers have taken to contemporary dance, while continuing to engage with neo-traditional performance, regional genres like the sabar, and the popular dances they grew up with. A historically informed ethnography of creativity, agency, and the fashioning of selves through the different life stages in urban Senegal, this book explores the significance of this multiple engagement with dance in a context of economic uncertainty and rising concerns over morality in the public space.

Co-hosted by the African Studies Centre. Part of the TORCH Book at Lunchtime series

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