MAAAS 2012 Conference

September 27-28, 2013

Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University

Conference theme: "Performance and Performativity"



Friday, September 27, 2013

1:00 Welcome and opening remarks

1:15 to 2:45: Performances of Culture, Cultures of Performance, I

  • Culture on the move: Performance and Performativity. Alain Lawo-Sukam, Texas A&M University
  • Performing the Ancestors. Margaret Buckner, Missouri State University
  • Masquerade Costume: Performing and Archiving Memories in Yoruba Culture. Bukola Oyeniyi, Missouri State University

2:45 to 3:00: Break

3:00 to 4:30: Performances of Culture, Cultures of Performance, II

  • “Let Me Play My Play”: Popular Performance, Corporate Sponsorship, and Artistic Labor in Neo-liberal Ghana. David Donkor, Texas A&M University
  • The Possible Implementation and Enforcement of an Athletic Gender Equity Policy in Nigeria to Enhance Female Performance.  Emeka Anaza, James Madison University and Jacqueline McDowell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Decolonizing Knowledge: A Collaborative  Performance. Glenn Adams, University of Kansas

4:30 to 4:45: Break

4:45 to 6:00: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, University of Texas; Title TBA

6:00 to 8:00: Reception


Saturday, September 28, 2013

9:00 to 10:30 Performing Identity, I

  • The Whole World is a Rumba: The Creation of Transnational Community through Art and Social Media in New York City, Havana, and the Online Virtual Sphere. Derrick Leon Washington , University of Texas at Austin
  • “Playing a Race Where There is No Race: Standup Comedy and the Performance of Race in Postcolonial Nigeria”. Dotun Ayobade, University of Texas
  • Race Tests: Racial Boundary Maintenance in White Evangelical Churches. Glenn Bracey, Texas A&M University

10:45 to 12:15 Performing Identity, II

  • Ritual Performance, Performativity, and Gendered Spaces in Ukambani, Kenya, 2008-2012. Mickie Mwanzia Koster, University of Texas
  • "It's More than Hair... That's Why You Should Care": The Politics of Appearance for Black Women State Legislators. Nadia E. Brown, Purdue University
  • Mothering, Race, and “Home”:  African American and Irish immigrant Domestic Workers in New York, 1880-1920. Danielle Phillips, Texas Woman’s University

12:30 to 2:00 Lunch and Business Meeting -- all participants are invited to attend.