D. Soyini Madison
Department of Performance Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive, Room G06
Evanston, IL 60208
D. Soyini Madison (PhD 1989, Northwestern University) is professor of Performance Studies, with appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Professor Madison lived and worked in Ghana, as a Senior Fulbright Scholar conducting field research on the interconnections between traditional religion, political economy, and indigenous performance tactics.
Madison, D. Soyini. Acts of Activism: Human Rights as Radical Performance (Cambridge University Press 2010)
Madison, D. Soyini. Critical Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Performance. (Sage 2005)
Madison, D. Soyini and Judith Hamera (eds.). The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies. (Sage 2006). Co-edited with Judith Hamera.
Madison, D. Soyini (ed.). The Woman That I Am: The Literature and Culture of Contemporary Women of Color. (St. Martin’s 1995)
Recent Grants and Funding
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Belagio, Italy (2003) for current book project, Acts of Activism: Human Rights and Radical Performance, based on fieldwork in Ghana.
Awards and Honors
Numerous teaching awards, including the Tanner University Award at Chapel Hill for "Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching."
Adaptation and direction of ethnographic work for performance:
- I Have My Story to Tell, a performance reflecting the oral histories of University of Carolina laborers and service workers.
- Mandela, the Land, and the People, a performance based on the life and work of Nelson Mandela.
- Is It a Human Being or A Girl?, a performance ethnography on traditional religion, modernity, and political economy in Ghana.
- Water Rites, a multi-media performance on the struggle for clean and accessible water as a human right.
|PERF_ST 327-0||Field Methods in Performance Studies|
|PERF_ST 330-0||Topics: Radical Performance and Human Rights|
|PERF_ST 330-0||Topics: Literature and Performance of Women of Color|
|PERF_ST 410-0||Studies in Performance|
|PERF_ST 515-0||Seminar: Performance and Pedagogy|
|PERF_ST 515-0||Seminar: Postcolonial Theory|
|PERF_ST 515-0||Seminar: Critical/Performance Ethnography|