above l/r Katherine Dunham and Takiyah Nur Amin
Buffalo Native Takiyah Nur Amin Takes New Position with University of London
Buffalo native Takiyah Nur Amin, Ph.D. has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Dance History Research Assistant — University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In this new role, Dr. Amin is working on a project entitled “Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry.”
The Dunham’s Data project explores the kinds of questions and problems that make the analysis and visualization of data meaningful for dance historical inquiry by investigating how dance moves — across both geographical locations and networks of cultural, artistic, and financial capital — through the case study of Katherine Dunham. Born in 1909, Dunham was an anthropologist, choreographer, dancer, author, activist and creator of the Dunham Technique. Known as the “matriarch and queen mother of Black dance” Dunham died in 2006, one month before her 97th birthday.
The core project team is joined by UK industry partners One Dance UK’s Dance of the African Diaspora and the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as international knowledge exchange partnerships with digital projects at Ohio State (US), Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich (Germany), and the University of New South Wales (Australia). Lead by primary investigators Harmony Bench and Kate Elswit with support from digital humanities scholar Antonio Jimenez-Mavillard, Dr. Amin will be engaged with the Dunham’s Data project until 2021.
Takiyah Nur Amin, Ph.D. is a dance scholar, educator and consultant. Her research focuses on 20th century American concert dance, African diaspora dance performance/aesthetics and pedagogical issues in dance studies. Her research has appeared in several academic journals including The Black Scholar, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, the Western Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. She holds degrees from SUNY-Buffalo, Virginia Tech and Temple University and is a sought-after speaker and author.
In addition to her work with the Dunham’s Data project, Dr. Amin is currently Content Director and Organizing Board Member for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU,) an organization providing resources and pastoral support to Black UUs. She is the daughter of Buffalo’s Karima Amin.
To learn more visit dunhamsdata.org or takiyahnuramin.com