The Hemispheric Institute is proud to announce that its founding director, Diana Taylor, will be giving an opening keynote address at the Panamerican Routes | Rutas panamericanas International Performing Arts Festival on February 28th, 2014. The festival will run through March 9, 2014 and will bring together Canadian, Indigenous, and Latin American artists from across the Americas including Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
Aluna Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts, in partnership with Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts, the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies, present a conversatorio on performance and human rights in the Americas as part of the 2014 Panamerican Routes | Rutas panamericanas Festival. Our conversatorio brings artists, activists, and community leaders together with scholars in the social sciences and humanities for a series of urgent conversations with the public on the human rights issues addressed in the festival’s featured performances from across the Americas. This year’s theme is "How we live together."
To read more about the Festival and conversatorios, please visit the Aluna Theatre's website: http://www.alunatheatre.ca/panamerican-routes/conferences/
In this presentation, Manuel Vasquez will explore the explosive diversification and expansion of “pneumatic” religions in the Americas. From Pentecostalism to the Catholic Charismatic Movement, from African-based religions such as Candomblé, Umbanda, and Santería to Spiritism, Curanderismo, and neo-Shamanism, religions that work with and through multiple types of spiritual agents have gained great visibility, the claims of the secularization thesis notwithstanding. In this presentation, Vasquez will analyze the sources, morphologies, and socio-political implications of these phenomena to argue that the vitality and proliferation pneumatic religions call for a rethinking of the traditional ways in which we have studied religion in the hemisphere toward approaches that place performance, power, embodiment, materiality, and the dialectics of deterritorialization and reterritorialization front and center.
This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings.
The Yes Lab and the Center for Artistic Activism are announcing the launch of Actipedia.org, an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism case studies designed to inspire activists.
"We designed Actipedia to inspire activists to more creative—and effective—actions," explains Stephen Duncombe, co-founder of the Center for Creative Activism.
"Actipedia is about sharing the ways people challenge power and envision a better society," adds Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Lab. "To change the world we've got to learn from each other."
Actipedia is built on an open-source platform and is designed for ease of use, with simple formats for viewing, searching and posting examples. The site draws case studies from original submissions, reprinted news articles, and informal snippets of action reports. Although it is only now launching, Actipedia already hosts over 500 case studies and counting, from countries from all over the world.
"Actipedia provides a space for inspiration and for contribution," noted one recent user. "Seeing all the amazing work going on around the world motivates me and makes me realize the potential impact I can have."
The Yes Lab helps activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals. Through brainstorms and trainings, social justice organizations can take advantage of all that the Yes Men—Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno—have learned, not only about our their own ways of doing things, but those practices they’ve come in contact with over the decade and a half they've been engaging in creative activism and tactical media.
The Center for Artistic Activism is a place to explore, analyze, and strengthen connections between social activism and artistic practice. The Center was founded by Stephen Duncombe, longtime activist and professor at New York University and Steve Lambert, longtime artist and professor at SUNY Purchase. Since 2009, the center has has served as a site for artistic activist trainings, actions, research and resources. The Center seeks to foster more creative activists and more effective artists.
Actipedia can be found at http://actipedia.org/ or on twitter @Actipedia, and the collaborators are available for interviews upon request.
Come meet the revolutionaries who have changed or are changing the world, and those who study them. We’ll be meeting every Thursday for a series of lectures, workshops, and other events focusing on the potential for societal change, and what we can do to bring it about through creative tactics and strategies.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Creative Activism Thursday events will be held at: