Leading scholars and practitioners are invited to each Encuentro to give keynote lectures that conceptually frame our discussions, situate the Encuentro topic within specific social contexts, and expand the theoretical debates in the field. Simultaneous translation is provided to the audience so that they can be available to participants in English, Spanish and Portuguese. These lectures have also been featured in special issues of our online journal, e-misférica.
During the first five days of the Encuentro, invited artists offer hands-on performance workshops to our participants for three hours each morning. Workshops cover a large range of performance practices and the visual arts, such as dance, mask-making, solo performance techniques, capoeira, digital photography, online 'hacktivism', mural painting, etc.
Round table discussions allow scholars, artists and activists to engage in diverse discussions with each other and with the Encuentro participants.
Our work groups emerged as an alternative to traditional academic panels, providing a critical space for in-depth exploration of a topic related to the Encuentro theme. Instead of presenting individual papers, members of each work group communicate with each other before the Encuentro through our online forums, post their papers online for their colleagues to read, comment on each others' work, and use their face-to-face time together to approach the group topic through discussions and/or alternative performative methods. Groups are encouraged to continue collaborating beyond the Encuentro.
Encuentros feature a wide range of performances daily, as groups and solo artists from the Americas share their work in theater, music, dance, performance art, street interventions, spoken word, online actions, cabaret/bar acts, etc. Multimedia installations and visual arts are also presented, and many are exhibited for the duration of the Encuentro.
Curated by experts in the field, our video program features films that are related to the Encuentro topic. Screenings are open to participants and to the public at large.
Associate Director, Arts and Media
The Hemispheric Institute
of Performance and Politics
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10003