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MOCS Keynote Speaker

Announcing Modes of Capture 2023 Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas DeFrantz!

January 11, 2023

MOCS Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for our Modes of Capture Symposium 2023, Professor Thomas DeFrantz from Northwestern University, Illinois.

Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, a research lab that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Believes in our shared capacity to do better and engage creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. Convenes the Black Performance Theory working group as well as the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, a growing consortium of 325 researchers committed to exploring Black dance practices in writing. Recent teaching: University of the Arts Mobile MFA in Dance; ImPulsTanz; SNDO; Juilliard; New Waves Institute; faculty at Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, University of Nice, Northwestern University. Has chaired Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT; the concentration in Physical Imagination at MIT; the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke; and served as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. DeFrantz acted as a consultant for the Smithsonian Museum of African American Life and Culture, contributing concept and a voice-over for a permanent installation on Black Social Dance that opened with the museum in 2016.

Don't forget, our deadline for submissions for Modes of Capture Symposium is 30th January. Click below to find all the details you need to apply.

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