"To Be on the One: Worldmaking in the Global Hip Hop Cypher"

Imani Kai Johnson, Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies at University of California, Riverside

Performing Arts Department Colloquium 2020-2021

Dr. Imani Kai Johnson will discuss the ways that anxieties around global Hip Hop give way to strategies on how to deal with that globality through Hip Hop. This talk asks us to consider the global, both through the ways that scholars have attended to it and to the ways that hip hop dance practitioners have talked about and deal with difference.

This will be a live zoom event. 

Dec 4, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 


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Dr. Imani Kai Johnson is an interdisciplinary-trained Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. Her research focuses on Africanist aesthetics, global popular culture, and ritual and social streetdance cultures; while her teaching focus is on the political stakes and socio-cultural possibilities of ritual land social dancing. Dr. Johnson is completing her manuscript, Dark Matter in Breaking Cyphers:  Africanist Aesthetics in Global Hip Hop with Oxford University Press, a work on the embedded Africanist aesthetics in ritual cyphers and the epistemological implications of its global reach. She organizes the Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference Series, and also co-edits (with Dr. Mary Fogarty) the forthcoming anthology The Oxford Handbook on Hip Hop Dance Studies.