E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He is a performance artist and the author ofAppropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity. He is co-editor of Blacktino Queer Performance, among others.
Ramón H. Rivera-Servera is Associate Professor and Chair of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He is author of Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance , Sexuality, Politics and is co-editor of Performance in the Borderlands and Blacktino Queer Performance, among others. He is currently working on the book manuscript Exhibiting Performance: Race, Museum Cultures, and
Sala Andres Perez, DETUCH
This work group seeks to convene artists, activists, and scholars focused on the performance of black politics across the Americas. We are especially interested in artistic and activist projects that engage with the circulation of black aesthetics and politics across national borders while engaging local contexts and issues. Central to our query is pursuing ways in which a hemispheric Americas framework might relate to other Afro-diasporic geographic and cultural imaginaries such as (pan-Africanism, negritude, creolité, Garveyism). The work group will adopt a workshop approach to both artistic and scholarly materials through creative archive sharing and performance mapping exercises. Artists, activists, and scholars engaging state/police violence, gender and sexuality, labor, and environment are especially encouraged to apply.