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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Performing Arts

A guide designed to highlight DEIA resources for the performing arts including recommendations for diversifying your repertoire and suggestions for further reading.

Getting Started

On this page you will find recommended search terms, background readings, and related guides.

This page highlights resources and strategies for researching diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility topics in the performing arts. However, when it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the performing arts, there will be a number of important resources beyond those that the library acquires through traditional scholarly publishing means. Scholarly publishing has, like higher education, excluded diverse voices and reinforced the white, western norms. Additionally, please take into consideration who might be considered an authority on the topic you are researching. Resources available freely on the internet (like blogs and newspapers) or discovery tools (like Google and Google Scholar) will be important for this research. 

Search Terms

Always start your keyword searching with what you know. However, if you're not sure where to start, below are some suggested search terms that are commonly used to describe materials in library tools. Many of these terms can be combined with the specific discipline, like music and race or dance and race.

gender race multiculturalism inclusive education
gender identity race relations postcolonialism social justice and education
homosexuality and [subject] racism and the arts decolonization racism and education
gays in the performing arts people with disabilities and the performing arts globalization multicultural education
sexuality artists with disabilities transnationalism [subject] -- Instruction and study -- Social aspects
sex

actors with disabilities

white supremacy cultural studies
women [musicians/composers/etc.] disability studies appropriation [subject] -- Political aspects
feminism accessibility ableism [subject] -- Social aspects

Please note: The terms used by library catalogs and other library resources represent the (US-centric, patriarchal, white) point of view of those who created them. For example, you will find "Women musicians" as a subject heading in library catalogs, but not "Men musicians." In library catalogs, male and white are assumed, so "Musicians" will typically yield a result of white, male musicians. You will have to specify when you are looking for information about women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc. There are many in the field working to change this practice. 

Background Readings on DEIA Topics

Clicking on an item will bring you to our catalog, where you can check the item's availability, read the description, and request the item for pickup!

Clicking on an item will bring you to our catalog, where you can check the item's availability, read the description, and request the item for pickup!

Clicking on an item will bring you to our catalog, where you can check the item's availability, read the description, and request the item for pickup!

Clicking on an item will bring you to our catalog, where you can check the item's availability, read the description, and request the item for pickup!

Related Guides

In the past, MPAL has created guides to accompany courses that may be relevant to your research:

 

Other University of Illinois libraries have also created guides regarding various topics in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. These may be helpful to your research as well: