Yolanda Covington-Ward Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

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WWPH 4150, Africana Studies
Phone: 412-648-7556

Yolanda Covington-Ward is an anthropologist whose scholarly interests revolve around performance, group identity, the embodiment of religion and history, and everyday negotiations of power and authority. Her dissertation, “Embodied Histories, Danced Religions, and Performed Politics: Kongo Cultural Performance and the Production of History and Authority” (2008) was based on a year of ethnographic research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and six and a half weeks of archival research in Belgium.

Yolanda Covington-Ward's examines two types of embodied cultural performances, makinu—Kongo dances—and bimpampa—Kongo body gestures, to investigate changes and continuities from the late fifteenth century to the present in the ways that the Kongo people both represent cultural memories and social values through cultural performances, and use these same performances to create, confirm, and contest political and religious authority. Dr. Covington-Ward is currently revising her dissertation for publication as a book.  Personal Website

Introduction to Africana Studies.

Women of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Cultures of Africa.