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Ofosuwa M. Abiola, PhD
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1. Monograph: Afrikinesis: A Paradigm for Research on African and African Diaspora Dance

Status: Published, Routledge, 2023.

Afrikinesis: A Paradigm for Research on African and African Diaspora Dance provides scholars and non-specialists alike, with a roadmap for effectively conducting culturally aware, historically relevant research on African dance and on any dance style that contains African elements. The book explains why Western research paradigms are inadequate for research on Africana dance and discusses the value of utilizing an appropriate research paradigm for under-researched narratives such as African and African diaspora dance styles. 

2. Editor, monograph: Fire Under My Feet: History, Race & Agency in African Diaspora Dance

Status: Published, Routledge, 2022.

Fire Under My Feet: History, Race & Agency in African Diaspora Dance, seeks to expose the diverse, significant, and often under-researched historical and developmental phenomena revealed by studies in the dance systems of the African Diaspora. This work showcases a blend of scholars, dance practitioners, and interdisciplinarity, and engages the relationship between African diaspora dance and the fields of history, performance studies, religion, identity and Black agency. 

3. Monograph: History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance 

Status: Published, Routledge, 2019.

History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance, argues that a wealth of information is housed within traditional Mandinka dances. Subsequently, the dances can be used as an African derived primary source for writing African history.

4. Textbook: Historical Perspectives on Dance in Africa

Status: Published, Intelligentsia Press, 2020. 

Historical Perspectives on Dance in Africa, seeks to introduce undergraduate dance history students to the history of locations in North, West, South, and Central Africa, and to the dances that influence and are impacted  on by that history. Historical Perspectives on Dance in Africa is a vital introductory text for undergraduate students with little to no experience or prior knowledge of African dance history.

5. Journal: Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance

and Theatre.

Status: Published, Howard University's digital platform, Bepress Digital Commons, 2017.

I founded the peer-reviewed digital journal, Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre, to encourage the documentation of, and rigorous discourse on Africana dance, theatre, and film. Africana is understood to mean all people of African descent on and outside of the continent of Africa.

6. Article: "It Fits Like a Glove: Women and Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1901-1989,"

Status: Published. Africalogical Perspectives: Historical and Contemporary Analysis of Race and Africana Studies, Spring Issue, 2014, pp. 77-92.

Off stage, or in extra theatrical  spaces, identity is presented and rehearsed, and thus, performed in those spaces as well. "It Fits Like a Glove: Women and Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1901-1989," accentuates the performance of identity, and the history of African women's agency in South Africa, during the inception, the height of, and beyond the period of, the Black Conscious Movement. 

7. Book Chapter: “Dancing Protest: (Re)Visiting The Black Arts Movement Through the Lens of Dance,” 

Status: Published in the textbook, Black Freedom Struggles, Kendall Publishers, 2021.

This chapter demonstrates that by utilizing Black Arts Movement philosophies in their choreographies, dance companies, dance organizations, and dance artists, made a significant contribution to the Black Arts Movement narrative.

8. Monograph: Unwitting Witnesses: Unearthing Narratives of African Dance in Pre-Colonial Logs.

Status: Work in progress

9. Monograph: Voiceless Shouts: Danced Conversations on Women, Identity, and Activism in Africa and her Diaspora

Status: Work in progress

Digital Publications
History Dances: African Dance Systems as Methodologies
Grave Revelations: Cultural and Historical Narratives From the Colored Union Benevolent Association Burial Ground 

The short-form documentary, History Dances: African Dance Systems as Methodologies was created to serve as a supplement to the above monograph with a similar name (History Dances: Chronicling the History of Traditional Mandinka Dance). It provides visual support for the argument that African dance systems can be utilized as primary sources for research and writing historical narratives.

Grave Revelations: Cultural and Historical Narratives from the Colored Union Benevolent Association Burial Ground exposes viewers to the myriad instances of Africanisms in the performance of funerary rituals. The short-form documentary acts as a case study by introducing viewers to the practices of African Americans in the 19th century at an African American burial ground discovered in Washington, DC.

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