Hemispheric Encounters: Ecologies Research Cluster

Local Nations

Eco Region

Hemispheric Encounters: Developing Transborder Research-Creation Practices brings together scholars, artists, activists, and community organizations from across the Americas to explore hemispheric performance as an artistic practice for addressing social and environmental justice. The Ecologies cluster considers site-based performance strategies that address politics of land (and agencies of its more-than human inhabitants), as well as spatial politics of occupying public spaces. We delve into legacies of transnational resource extraction and land politics.

Co-director bios:

Selena Couture is a settler scholar and an Associate Professor in Drama at the University of Alberta in Treaty 6 territory / Métis Region No.4. Her research deconstructs conceptions of settler colonial white possession while foregrounding the maintenance of Indigenous places through performance. Publications include: Against the Current and Into the Light (2020) and On this Patch of Grass (2018). She is part of the U of A Kule scholar cohort focusing on Climate Resilience in the 21st Century. Her research responds to the crisis of global warming, aiming to create responsible relations with Indigenous people, lands and all other-than-human beings.

Sérgio P. Andrade, PhD, is an artist, professor and researcher in dance, performance and philosophy. Since 2012, he has been a Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in the Department of Bodily Art, teaching at the Undergraduate and Graduate Dance Programs. He coordinates the Laboratório de Crítica (the “LabCrítica”) at UFRJ, in which he develops several collaborative research-creation activities, training, publication, curatorship and exchange in dance and performance. Some recent results of this work are the book “Performar Debates” (2017) and the two editions of the conference and performance showcase “Trans-In-Corporados”, which took place at Rio Art Museum in 2017 and 2018.
www.labcritica.com.br | sergio.andrade@eefd.ufrj.br

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