May 21st 2023

Join us for a Collections Connections with Thomas F. DeFrantz in the Johnson Publishing Library.

About Collections Connections

Scholars are invited to engage their research projects in relation to our collections. These contributions build connections to our archives, and offer opportunities for engagement and discussion.

About Thomas F. DeFrantz

Thomas F. DeFrantz is the director of Northwestern University’s SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture | Technology, a think-tank, an interdisciplinary performance research group that explores connections between performance, history, theater, and emergent technology. Professor DeFrantz 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.

DeFrantz’s creative and collaborative projects include: Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts; fastDANCEpast, created for the Detroit Institute for the Arts; reVERSE-gesture-reVIEW commissioned by the Nasher Museum in response to the work of Kara Walker, January, 201; Black Social Dance at the Smithsonian Museum of African American Life and Culture, 2016.

DeFrantz has taught at the University of the Arts Mobile MFA in Dance, Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, University of Nice, and more. He 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.

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