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Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor in the Program and Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Core Graduate Faculty in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures of Computational Media Arts & Culture

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Contact Info:
Office Location:  1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-1929
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://danceprogram.duke.edu/faculty/thomas-f-defrantz

Teaching (Spring 2020):

  • THEATRST 211.01, MUSICAL THEATER: PERFORMANCE Synopsis
    Rubenstein 124, Tu 03:05 PM-05:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as DANCE 211.01, MUSIC 218.01)
  • DANCE 308.01, PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY Synopsis
    Rubenstein 202, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as ECE 364.01, ISS 376.01, THEATRST 364.01)
  • AAAS 320.01, BLACK DANCE Synopsis
    Rubenstein 202, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as DANCE 336.01)
  • DANCE 472.01, PERFORMANCE: DANCE THEATER Synopsis
    Rubenstein 224, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
  • AAAS 621S.01, BLACK PERFORMANCE THEORY Synopsis
    Rubenstein 202, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as DANCE 645S.01, VMS 621S.01)
  • DANCE 871S.01, CRITIQUE I Synopsis
    Ark 101, Th 03:05 PM-05:45 PM
  • AAAS 890S.02, SPECIAL TOPICS Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 126, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Education:

Ph.D.New York University1997
Research Interests:

Born a Hoosier, my work focuses on theories of African diaspora aesthetics, intersections of dance and technology, and dance historiography. I write articles and essays about black dance in the United States, as they are practiced in the US and in global contexts. My research group, SLIPPAGE, is in residence at Duke, and we work to create innovate interfaces that help us tell alternative histories.

Keywords:

African Americans • Dance • Dancers • Gay rights • History • Performing arts • Sexuality

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Defrantz, TF, White privilege, Theater, vol. 48 no. 3 (November, 2018), pp. 23-37, Duke University Press [doi]
  2. DeFrantz, TF; Badejo, P, Forewords (January, 2018), pp. vii-xii, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 9783319703138 [doi]
  3. DeFrantz, TF, Them: Recombinant aesthetics of restaging experimental performance, in The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory (January, 2018), pp. 268-292, ISBN 9780819577740
  4. DeFrantz, TF, I Am Black: (You have to be willing to not know), Theater, vol. 47 no. 2 (January, 2017), pp. 9-21, Duke University Press [doi]
  5. DeFrantz, TF, Identifying the endgame, Theater, vol. 47 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 3-15, Duke University Press [doi]


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