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Hope, Donna P.; Stanley-Niaah, Sonjah N.
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Social of Continuing Studies
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Canvasses of Representation: Stuart Hall, the Body and Dancehall Performance
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Culture, Race, Politics and Diaspora: The Thought of Stuart Hall
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June 26-28, 2004
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Centre for Caribbean Thought. University of the West Indies, Mona.
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Abstract
Stuart Hall in his plenary address (2000) at the 3rd International Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference, University of Birmingham, puts the body in the context of postcolonial power. It is this power of the body that informs the notion of reclaiming an embodied black body. By using Hall’s notion of ‘canvasses of representation’ as a starting point, this paper seeks to contextualise his contribution to the body project. What are the important questions raised by Hall? To what extent is Hall’s work a springboard from which to study embodied practices such as Dancehall? Specifically, this paper analyzes the performing body in Dancehall to highlight the articulations / representations through dance movement. Through dance performances, bodies signify philosophies of space, memorialising strategies, gendered identities, and histories of survival.....
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