Featuring Imani Kai Johnson, assistant professor of Critical Dance Studies at University of California, Riverside.
Imani Kai Johnson is an interdisciplinary-trained assistant professor of Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. Her research focuses on Africanist aesthetics, global popular culture and ritual and social streetdance cultures; while her teaching focus is on the political stakes and socio-cultural possibilities of ritual land social dancing. Johnson is completing her manuscript, "Dark Matter in Breaking Cyphers: Africanist Aesthetics in Global Hip Hop" with Oxford University Press, a work on the embedded Africanist aesthetics in ritual cyphers and the epistemological implications of its global reach. She organizes the Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference Series, and also co-edits (with Mary Fogarty) the forthcoming anthology The Oxford Handbook on Hip Hop Dance Studies.
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