Dr. Mariama Diagne

Mariama Diagne (Dr. phil.) is a dance and theater scholar.

Trained as a dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City, she took up the study of theater, media, and music at the University of Bayreuth after her professional dance practice and graduated with a master's and doctorate in dance studies from the Free University of Berlin. In 2019, her book Schweres Schweben was published, in which she contextualized qualities of gravity and juxtaposed them with Pina Bausch's movement language. Her study was awarded the Tiburtius Prize of the Berlin Universities (2019) and the Dance Science Prize NRW (2021).

After research and teaching in Berlin (FU) and Vienna (mdw), she has been conducting research since 2022 with the subproject "Decolonizing Interventions in Choreographies of the Diaspora" in the subproject B02 "Intervening Choreographies: Formats and Practices of Decolonization and Ecology" in the Collaborative Research Center 1512 "Intervening Arts" at Freie Universität Berlin. In her work she investigates the intertwining of theory and practice and sets her focus on questions regarding subaltern perspectives and practices on (de/re)canonizations. With a poetological approach and anti-colonial re-readings of cultural history, she is dedicated to the procedures of diasporic writing in the tension between the canon and the present of the (performing) arts and their social location. As a freelance dramaturge, she accompanies artists in performance and text (among others at Ballhaus Naunynstraße Berlin) in the context of anti-colonial post-migrant perspectives.

From 2019-2023 she chaired the board of the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (gtf), has been a member of the NFDI4C Steering Board for the Performing Arts since 2019, a member of the UNESCO Commission for National Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2022.


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