REVISED DEADLINE: Black Performing Arts: Sound, Movement, Image, Text (PCAACA National Conference, Virtual, April 13-16, 2022)

deadline for submissions: 
December 23, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Black Performing Arts Research Area (PCAACA)
contact email: 

The Black Performing Arts Area provides a scholarly forum to share and disseminate research pertaining to the Black performing arts across expressive forms.  Broadly defined, the area focuses on all forms of performing and visual arts, including jazz, blues, gospel, hip hop, rhythm and blues, Caribbean music, dance, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and acting.  In all these contexts we are interested in investigating the merger of aesthetic technique and embodiment across Black diasporic expressivity.  

The panels on Black Performing Arts: Sound, Movement, Image, Text will showcase interdisciplinary discussions of cultural identity, art, religion, ritual, power, image, representation, symbols and their meaning, and the social processes and systems that influence and inform the innovation, production, regulation, and consumption of Black performing arts.  Additionally, we invite research that examines the role of Black music within society, how Black performing and visual arts might be read intersectionally with attention to race, class, gender, and sexual identity, and the relationship between Black performing arts and their broad political and economic context.  

The deadline for submitting abstracts to this area is December 23, 2021.  To submit an abstract, please visit


Inquiries about the Black Performing Arts Area may be directed to the Area Co-Chairs:

Michael Borshuk
Associate Professor, Texas Tech University

Jonafa Banbury
Independent Scholar