Keynote Speakers


Grant Farred

Grant Farred is Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. He is the author of Midfielder’s Moment: Coloured Literature and Culture in Contemporary South Africa (Westview Press, 1999), What’s My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2003), Phantom Calls: Race and the Globalization of the NBA (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2006), Long Distance Love: A Passion for Football (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2008), In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and, most recently, Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2015). He is the author of many articles, and the editor of several essay collections and journal special issues, including:

Stuart Hall.” South Atlantic Quarterly 115(4) (October 1, 2016).

Fanon: Imperative of the Now.” South Atlantic Quarterly 112(1) (Winter, 2013).

After the Thrill Is Gone: A Decade of Post-Apartheid South Africa.” South Atlantic Quarterly. 103(4) (Fall 2004) (with Rita Barnard).

Rethinking C.L.R. James. Cambridge: Blackwell. 1996.



Thomas F. DeFrantz

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor in the Departments of African American Studies, Dance, Theater Studies, and Women’s Studies at Duke University. He is author of Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004) and editor of Dancing Many Drums (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002) and Black Performance Theory (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014). He is also director of SLIPPAGE: PERFORMANCE|CULTURE|TECHNOLOGY, a performance research group based at Duke University. His recent edited special issues, book chapters and articles include:

DeFrantz, Thomas F. “Identifying the Endgame.” Theater 47, no. 1 (2017): 3-15.

DeFrantz, Thomas F. “Identifying the Endgame.” Theater 47, no. 1 (2017): 3-15.

DeFrantz, Thomas F. “I am Black: (you have to be willing to not know).” Theater 47, no. 2 (2017): 9-21.

DeFrantz, Thomas F., and Tara Aisha Willis, eds. “Black Moves: New Research in Black Dance Studies.” Black Scholar 46, no. 1 (January 1, 2016).

De Frantz, Thomas, Bone-Breaking, Black Social Dance, and Queer Corporeal Orature.” Black Scholar 46, no. 1 (January 1, 2016): 66-74.

DeFrantz, Thomas F. “Hip Hop in Hollywood: Encounter, Community, Resistance.” In The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, ed. Melissa Blanco Borelli. Oxford University Press, July 30, 2014.

DeFrantz, Thomas F. “Hip Hop Habitus v.2.0.” In Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Readings, ed. Thomas F. DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez, 223-242. Duke University Press, April 14, 2014.

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