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Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice: Performativity and the Social Body, Episode 5
Initiated by Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons as part of her appointment as the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair and Professor of Fine Arts, “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice” (EADJ) is a platform for creative and social exploration that takes visual representation as a focus for developing new knowledge and new practices.

Dr. Campos-Pons has invited Marina Fokidis as the Program Curator for the Fall 2020 program, "Living in Common in the Precarious South(s)," which discusses four themes over eight episodes with the objective of exploring creative approaches to living together in the South(s).

EADJ’s fifth episode will consider performativity as a practice of resilience, resistance and transcendence. Sociality, subjectivity, and other concepts of embodied research, will be discussed as antidotes to structures of oppression, inequity, white supremacy, and patriarchy. Paying close attention to emotional and political gestures that bring buried histories to the fore, we will re-discover and conjure ways to survive in this world.

Participants will include:
Moderator: Candice Amich, Assistant Professor of English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, US

- Doris Sommer, Director of Cultural Agents Initiative and Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, US
- Cecilia Vicuña, Artist and Poet, New York, US and Santiago, Chile
- Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, Wellesley College, US

Respondent: Grace Aneiza Ali, Assistant Professor and Provost Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, US

Artist intervention: Shamell Bell, dancer, choreographer, lecturer on Somatic Practices and Contemporary Global Performance, Harvard University

Oct 21, 2020 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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