The Nankama African Dance Conference 2019

The Nankama African Dance Conference 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, February 10, 2019 (All day)

Howard University

The Nankama African Dance Conference is a two day symposium sponsored by Howard's Department of Theatre and Dance. The event will occur February 9 and 10, 2019. 

February 9, 2019 - Presentations of Africana Scholarship

On the first day of the Nankama Conference, scholars from diverse disciplines and institutions, and independent  scholars,  will  present their scholarly research  on African and African Diaspora dance, and other representations of Africana performance. Authors of exceptional papers/presentations will be invited to submit their completed manuscript to the peer- reviewed digital journal published by digitalHoward, Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre, for consideration  ( The scholarly portion of the Nankama Conference will be held at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center on Howard's main campus. 

Call for Papers

Theme: Dancing Identity

The deadline for abstracts is November 15, 2018. 

Submit 150 to 250 word abstracts via email to:

Please include "Nankama Conference Abstract" in the subject line.

February 10, 2019 - 8 African Dance Workshops & 4 Drum Workshops

The second day of the Nankama Conference is packed with African dance and drum workshops and master classes. All dance and drum workshops will occur on Howard University's main campus. Dance workshops will be held in the historic Ira Aldridge Theatre and the Howard University dance studio in Childers Hall, Howard's Fine Arts Building. Drum workshops will occur in smart-rooms located in Childers Hall. 

Featured Master Teacher:
Moustapha Bangoura - world renowned, over 30 years of performance and teaching experience, and former principle dancer of the illustrious Les Ballets Africains. Moustapha Bangoura will teach two master classes. For more information on Moustapha Bangoura, please visit his website:

**The February 9th portion of the conference is free for Howard University faculty and students with a valid ID.

For the call for papers and/or more information please visit:

For registration information please visit:


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