This weekend, an event I’ve co-organized in conjunction with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU will take place at Duke. If you’re in the Durham area, consider coming out for it!

The Graduate Student Initiative of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics presents CONVERGENCE 2012

THE GEO/BODY POLITICS OF EMANCIPATION
NOV 9/10/11 | DUKE UNIVERSITY

Convergence 2012 brings together graduate students, professors, artists, and activists to think through diverse events of radical mobilization, from student protests and occupations to uprisings and insurrections. We will discuss different forms of embodiment that have developed around the reclaiming of public space, and the demand for economic, social, and political change. We will question the instrumentalization of technology as strategies of communication, organization and revolution. Generating a space to discuss contemporary notions of emancipation, liberation, revolution, occupation, geopolitics, “artivism,” and militant research, we will bring into dialogue the lived tensions of these concepts as they are enacted by bodies, in knowledge production, and in physical locations.

PRESENTERS
Micha Cárdenas, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Colectivo Situaciones, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Counter-Cartographies Collective, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL
Ricardo Dominguez, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
El Kilombo Intergaláctico, DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Esther Gabara, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Macarena Gomez-Barris, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Jack Halberstam, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Michael Hardt, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Brian Holmes, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Josh Kun, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Pedro Lasch, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Walter Mignolo, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, 11TH HAVANA BIENNIAL CURATORIAL TEAM
Diane Nelson, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Roya Rastegar, BRYN MAWR COLLEGE
Jacques Servin, THE YES MEN / NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
SpiritHouse, DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Diana Taylor, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Wu Tsang, DIRECTOR, WILDNESS

ORGANIZERS
Zach Blas, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Ana Paulina Lee, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Leticia Robles-Moreno, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

DUKE UNIVERSITY CO-ORGANIZERS
Kency Cornejo, Laura Jaramillo, Melody Jue, Camila Maroja, China Medel, Amanda Suhey, and Jasmina Tumbas

FRIDAY

10:00 am Richard White Lecture Hall
WELCOME: Opening Remarks
Diana Taylor Zach Blas, Ana Paulina Lee, Leticia Robles-Moreno

10:30am Richard White Lecture Hall
PANEL: Knowledge/Knowledgeable Emancipation: Academia, Activism, Artivism
Esther Gabara, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Walter Mignolo, Diane Nelson, Diana Taylor

 5:30 pm Corridor Gallery and East Duke Parlors, Women’s Studies / East Duke Building
EXHIBITION OPENING AND RECEPTION: Experimental Communities curated by the XCO group

8:00 pm Richard White Lecture Hall
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Wildness
Wu Tsang, Roya Rastegar, Jack Halberstam, Micha Cárdenas

SATURDAY

1:30 pm Richard White Lecture Hall
PANEL: Protesting Knowledge: Militant Research, Low Theory, and Occupation
Colectivo Situaciones, Ricardo Dominguez, Jack Halberstam, Michael Hardt, Josh Kun

4:30 pm Richard White Lecture Hall
PANEL: Geopolitics of Reimagination: Art, Media, and Social Movements
Counter-Cartographies Collective, Brian Holmes, Pedro Lasch, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, Jacques Servin

8:30 pm Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre
PERFORMANCE: Collective Sun: Reshape the Mo(u)rning by SpiritHouse

SUNDAY

9 am Richard White Lecture Hall
CLOSING REMARKS: Convergence 2013 projections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTERS

Convergence 2012 is made possible by the generous support of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University; Art, Art History and Visual Studies, the Dean of Humanities, The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, the Vice Provost for the Arts, Center for International Studies, Office of Global Strategies and Programs, Hanscom Endowment, The Graduate School, Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies, The Literature Program, Romance Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Center for Latino Studies in the Global South, HASTAC, Arts of the Moving Image, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Master of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts Program, Women’s Studies, History, Theater, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke Women’s Center, International Comparative Studies, and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University; the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Southern California; and the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.

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