UCR Department of Dance

New Research in Critical Dance Studies Colloquium Series

Towards Antiracist Futures of Dance in the Post-Pandemic Academy 

Recently, dance organizations and institutions across the country have pronounced themselves in different forms against historical social and racial injustice. They have drafted values intended to prompt commitments to fighting against systemic racism and social marginalization. The colloquium and the Schlundt Lecture are motivated by the premise that in order to implement structural changes there must be a radical change on how we have learned to think, be, feel, care, do, and make in the world and in relation to one another. Presenters will be sharing their radical imagination as we keep the fire burning and the momentum going toward envisioning and building a more equitable and antiracist (dance) world.

Coordinated by Jose L Reynoso
Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies

APRIL 8, 2021 Thursday, 1:30-3:20 pm PDT 
ONLINE - Free and open to the campus and broader community

Register in advance for this series (one link for all presentations): 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the presentation. 

Download the poster here.


Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin (she/her/hers) in conversation with Dr. Jose L. Reynoso (he/him/his)

"Envisioning an Anti-Racist Future for Dance Studies: Resources, Challenges and the Ongoing Commitment to Change"

Is Dance Studies ready to commit and marshal the resources to meet the challenges of envisioning and building an anti-racist future for our discipline? Do we have the wherewithal to cultivate an ongoing commitment to change? Join Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin in conversation with Dr. Jose L Reynoso to explore the possibilities and necessities for re-shaping Dance Studies as a space for ongoing anti-racist action. 

Takiyah Nur Amin, MFA, PhD is a dance scholar, educator, and consultant. Her research focuses on 20th-century American concert dance, African diaspora dance performance/aesthetics, and pedagogical issues in dance studies. She is a founding executive board member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) and Vice President for Membership for the Dance Studies Association (DSA). Dr. Amin consults with institutional clients on curricular design, policy reform, and issues pursuant to anti-racism and diversity in dance studies and related disciplines.  

Jose L Reynoso MFA, PhD is Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. He writes and teaches about the history, theory, and practice of dance and other forms of cultural production primarily in the U.S., Mexico, and other countries in Latin America. His research interests focus on the roles that corporeality in general and dance in particular play in the production of knowledge, decolonial theory and strategies, as well as ideological aspects involved in the formation of artistic practices, discourses, and subjectivities. https://dance.ucr.edu/faculty/jose-reynoso/

This series is supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office Visiting Artist Fund

Information: dance@ucr.edu 

Learn more about series here

As we strive to constantly renew our commitments to social and racial justice as a department, we acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of the land where UC Riverside is located:  The Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples (see full land acknowledgement). The life of our department and the upkeep of our facilities are maintained by the labor of so many people we are grateful for. Special thanks to Kathleen DeAtley, Program Promotions Manager, and Lily Chan Szeto, Event Specialist, for contributing their expertise to the production of this Colloquium and Schlundt lecture. 

Photo credit: Candace Laughinghouse

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