conference reminder: “Triumph in My Song” May 31-June 2

This is a reminder about the upcoming conference, “Triumph in My Song: 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance” being held at the University of Maryland from May 31-June 2, 2012.

Information about the conference, including the daily schedule, transportation and lodging recommendations, roommate-finding opportunities, and conference registration forms, is available at:! .  If you have questions about the conference or any trouble with the registration forms, please email us at:

The conference features a range of national and international scholars and artists.  Our line-up includes a colloquy with 2010 Hubbell Medal winner, Frances Smith Foster, on her recent study, ‘Til Death or Distance Do Us Part: Love and Marriage in African America.  We will also present several performance events, including the award-winning DC-area company, Theater J in The Whipping Man.  Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man is the winner of the 2011 John Gassner Playwriting Award by the NY Outer Critics Circle and has been described by the New York Times  as “Emotionally potent…surreal in the layers of meaning…a quiet force.”

This conference is being supported by the Society of Early Americanists, the American Society for Theatre Research, the School of Theatre Dance, and Performance Studies and the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora.  Thanks to each of these programs, units, and organizations for their help.

Many thanks for helping to circulate this information to interested colleagues and students.  We hope to see you in a few weeks!


About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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