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Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke University)

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. He co-convened the Choreography and Corporeality working group (IFTR) from 2005-2013, and acted as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars from 2011-2014. He was a professor at MIT for many years. He has taught courses in dance, gender, race, theater, performance and technology, and Black Studies at MIT, NYU, Yale, Stanford, Hampshire College, Hollins University, and the University of Nice. He has performed in Botswana, France, India, Ireland, South Africa, and Trinidad. His many publications include Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (2002),  Dancing Revelations Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (2004), and Black Performance Theory (2014).

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