The Political Economy of Dance
Jane Desmond, a groundbreaking artist, author and professor of anthropology and women’s studies at the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present a lecture, “Tracking the Political Economy of Dance,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in the lecture hall of Denison University’s Burton D. Morgan Center (150 Ridge Road).
Desmond’s lecture will investigate issues surrounding dance performance, ethnically-linked dance styles, and issues of cultural transmission and translation. She is particularly interested in questions of authorship and appropriation. She is launching Denison’s “Africa Moves! Extended Residency” offering, a series of coordinated events considering embodied culture, and will bring her expertise to several classes during her three-day residency at Denison.
A dancer and choreographer by training, Desmond has been intrigued by the interplay of somatic experience and cultural representation. Her publications include “Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance,” “Dancing Desires: Choreographing Sexualities On and Off the Stage,” “Staging Tourism: Bodies on Display from Waikiki to Sea World,” and more. Her forthcoming book is titled “Displaying Death/Animating Life.”