Black Performing Arts: Sound, Movement, Image, Text

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Borshuk, Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
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.

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Inquiries may be made to the Black Performing Arts area co-chairs:


Michael Borshuk

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University


Jonafa Banbury

Independent scholar