Black Performance Theory

BPT 2004

A group photo of presenters and attendees of the BPT 2004 meeting

Contingent Geographies of Blackness

BPT 2004 met at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 9-11 April. The event was sponsored by the Faculty of Color Initiative Fund of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance Department, and the Music and Theater Arts Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ananya Chatterjea graciously hosted the event.

Conference Support and Logistics were graciously provided by Maggie Bergeron.

READINGS for the event were drawn from bell hooks Art On My Mind: Visual Politics (New Press: 1995)


  • Awam Amkpa — Associate Professor, New York University
  • Annemarie Bean — Assistant Professor, Williams College
  • Jennifer Brody — Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Ananya Chatterjea — Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz — Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Nadine George-Graves — Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego
  • Anita Gonzalez — Associate Professor, SUNY New Paltz
  • Richard C. Green III — Assistant Chair, Parsons School of Design
  • John Jackson Jr. — Associate Professor, Duke University
  • E. Patrick Johnson — Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Jason King — Associate Chair, New York University
  • Marya Annette Mcquirter — Independent Scholar
  • Tavia Nyong’o — Assistant Professor, New York University
  • Anna Scott — Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside
  • Hershini Bhana Young — Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo


  • Melissa Blanco — Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Riverside
  • Margit Edwards — MFA Candidate, UCLA
  • Raquel Monroe — Doctoral Candidate, UCLA
  • Carl Paris — Doctoral Candidate, Temple University

Black Performance Theory Meetings