In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which “hemispheric,” as an analytical lens, aspires to destabilize cartographies of geopolitical power and privilege. With particular attention to current engagements with Islamic, Hispanic, Latino/a and African histories in the Americas, we will interrogate how hemispheric propositions/provocations interface with, challenge, resist and support projects of the decolonial (in and of themselves in process and to be ascertained), in theory and in practice.
Performance --in practice, production, circulation and reception--serves as both our object and method: object to analyze but also, and more importantly, site of theorization in and of itself. To these ends, while the seminar is concerned with the ways in which the theoretical and critical discourses of the hemispheric and decolonial illuminate contexts of theatre and performance, the more pressing preoccupations of the seminar center on the ways in which the embodied practices of theatre and performance challenge, disrupt and/or advance theoretical discourses across artistic, historiographical and analytical-critical enquiry.
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