Haitian Studies Association

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Dasha Chapman

Davidson College - Visiting Assistant Professor

Email: dachapman@davidson.edu
Open to talking with: Anyone

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Education, Environment, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Identity, Immigration, Literature, Mental Health, Music, Queer Theory, Performance Studies, Religion, Sexualities, Medicine / Public Health, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies

Dasha Chapman (Ph.D. Performance Studies, NYU) is an interdisciplinary dancer-scholar whose research, teaching, and performance work in critical dance studies moves through a nexus of African diaspora theory, performance studies, ethnography, queer/gender studies, and Caribbean thought. Chapman's first book centers on the labor of five contemporary Haitian dance artists who build communities through dance in both Haiti and in the diasporas of New York City and Boston. The project traces how the teaching and choreographic practices of these artists foster alternative political imaginations, examining the ways in which dance, as fostered by these Haitian artists, makes and remakes “Haiti.” As a dance-maker, Chapman works in site-specific collaboration to excavate, activate, and reimagine suppressed histories. She has facilitated collaborative performance projects in Port-au-Prince and Jeremie, Haiti (with Yonel Charles, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, and Ann Mazzocca), as an artist in residence at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC (with Aya Shabu), and in residence at Tulane University's A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans, LA (with Tè Glise Collective). Currently, Chapman is Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Davidson College. Prior to this position Chapman taught Critical Dance Studies and Africana Studies at Hampshire College|Five College Dance, and was a Postdoctoral Associate in African and African American Studies at Duke University. Her writing appears in The Black Scholar, Journal of Haitian Studies, Dance Chronicle, Theatre Journal, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory in a special issue she co-edited on Queer Haitian Performance and Affiliation.