Jill Lane is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where she teaches courses on performance in the Americas, in relation to the histories of colonialism, neocolonialism, and globalization. Her book, Blackface Cuba, 1840-1898 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005; winner of the 2006 Erroll Hill award from the American Society of Theatre Research) examines racial impersonation, national desire, and anticolonial sentiment in Cuba. She is presently editing an anthology on Latin American performance with Routledge and was co-editor with Peggy Phelan of The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998). She serves on the editorial boards of e-misférica, Women and Performance, and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. She previously taught in Comparative Studies at Ohio State University (2000-2003) and in Theatre and American Studies at Yale University (2003–2006).


Diamela Eltit
Chilean author, performer and professor, Diamela Eltit (b.1949) spans the period of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and redemocratisation (1990-) in Chile. Author of six novels and numerous essays and critical studies, she is perhaps best known for her avant-garde experimentalism in performance, and interdisciplinary projects as well as her novels (six to date) and the sociological study, El padre mío (My Father), in which she transcribes the oral discourse of a male tramp. Her first novel, Lumpérica, was published in 1983 and her latest novel, Los trabajadores de la muerte (The Workers of Death), in 1998. Eltit has also collaborated with the Chilean photographer, Paz Errázuriz, on the book El infarto del alma (Soul Attack), published in 1994. In this book, Eltit’s text accompanies photographs of the residents of a psychiatric hospital in rural Chile, always photographed in pairs, and focusing on the loving relationships developed among them. Eltit is a Professor of Spanish American literature in Chile and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1985. In 1990, she was made the Chilean cultural attaché to Mexico by the incoming transition government of Patricio Aylwin, a post she occupied for almost four years. In the last decade especially, Eltit’s work has attracted much attention from critics in Latin America, the United States and Europe, and three of her novels have been translated into English.