Black Performance Theory

BPT 2013

The BPT 2013 meeting at the University of Texas at Austin 12-14, April

Black Gold/The Black Body in Performance

BPT 2013 met at the University of Texas at Austin 12-14, April. The event was co-sponsored with The Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the Performance as Public Practice Graduate Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance, The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones hosted the event, and convened with Thomas F. DeFrantz. Nicole Martin provided expert logistical arrangements.

Working In Groups

The researchers explored these: questions

The Black body as commodity

The relationship between Black people and labor

The joy of Blackness

Black women’s bodies as sites of psychic and economic exploitation

The enslavement of Africans and the diaspora such enslavement created

Black participation in international war campaigns

The role of Black nations in the oil industry

Blackness as improvised reality that challenges Afro-pessimism.


  • Stephanie Batiste
  • Rashida K. Braggs
  • Jennifer DeVere Brody
  • Jayna Brown
  • Charles Carson
  • N. Fadeke Castor
  • Grisha Coleman
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • David Donkor
  • Nadine George Graves
  • Anita Gonzalez
  • E. Patrick Johnson
  • Daniel Alexander Jones
  • Jeffrey Q. McCune ,Jr.
  • Marcus McQuirter
  • Uri McMillan
  • Raquel Monroe
  • Monica White Ndounou.
  • Omi Osun Olomo/Joni L. Jones
  • Matt Richardson
  • Tamara Roberts
  • Lisa Thompson
  • Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
  • Harvey Young
  • Hershini Bhana Young


  • Doral Callier
  • Charlotte Canning
  • Mbewe Escobar
  • Kristin Jackson
  • Agotha Livera
  • Nicole Martin
  • Doton Mbara
  • Kristin Smith
  • Belisa Torres
  • Kaitlin Wood