Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency Inaugural Fellow | July 5 - 16, 2022
Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency
MANCC is initiating a new archive residency program in honor of the late Dr. William R. Jones with Maria Bauman, multi-disciplinary artist, artistic director of MBDance, and community organizer, as the inaugural Fellow.
Dr. William R. Jones, an internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian, and educator taught at Florida State University from 1977–‘99 in the Department of Religion and founded FSU’s African American Studies Program in 1977–‘78. The idea of this new residency program developed during Darrell Jones’ year-long FSU Alumnus Fellow residency at MANCC in 2020-’21. Darrell, a performer, choreographer, tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago and Dr. Jones’ son, spent his time in his yearlong residency furthering his archival research around the work of his late father. Darrell’s thinking has been highly influenced by his father’s line of research; where Dr. Jones tools were often words and speech, Darrell's are cellular, embodied, and expressed mainly in the physical and three-dimensional world. (See mancc.org/artists/darrell-jones/). This new program is intended to provide other dance artists of color with aligned interests access to these singularly important and influential archived materials to inform their creative work as well.
As the inaugural Fellow for the Dr. William R. Jones Residency, Maria Bauman will be coming to MANCC with her collaborators and Embedded Writer and MANCC alumnus jumatatu poe to investigate her own relationship with Dr. Jones as a former student, as well as engage with Dr. Jones’ extensive collection of archived materials on oppression, theology, philosophy, and Black existentialism. Dr. Jones dedicated his lengthy career to the analysis and methods of oppression, and to working with others in their anti-oppression initiatives.
While in residence, Bauman and her collaborators will explore Dr. Jones’ JOG and JAM tools of analysis - the Jones Oppression Grid and the Jones Analytic Model - developed by Dr. Jones in service of investigating frameworks of oppression, in addition to various embodied practices inspired by his pedagogy. These include the task of “looking with your eyes,” a call to look beyond the narratives and conventions of the oppressor to help see the truth of their actions, “Watch the hips, not the lips,” and the physicality of grappling with and stripping back that echo throughout Dr. Jones’ conceptual work.
MANCC is partnering with FSU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives along with the College of Fine Arts and School of Dance and Religion Department, with Darrell Jones as advisor, in utilizing the archives as a key resource for the study of religion, theology, and ethics, and how dance as a meaning making creative process can draw inspiration from all these areas of study. These FSU entities are working together to strengthen networks for the study of African American and Africana Religions in the US Southwest by providing research residencies for three academic scholars to engage with Dr. Jones archive.
Likewise, MANCC, as an embodied research center, will annually invite a choreographer of color to propose a project utilizing Dr. Jones archives as a key resource. A January ’23 Conference at FSU in memory of Dr. Jones’ intellectual and activist legacy will include presentations by these research projects including MANCC’s Inaugural Fellow Maria Bauman.
The Dr. William R. Jones Residency at MANCC and the Embedded Writer Program is supported, in part, by The Mellon Foundation.