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Hemispheric New York Events

Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.


HemiPress Launch and Reception

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Tuesday, Feburary 21
5-7 pm


Please join us as we officially celebrate the launch of HemiPress! We are thrilled to announce our Gesture series with the release of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab's [({  })] Transborder Immigrant Tool. We will also be celebrating the release of issue 12.2 of emisférica, "States of Devotion: Religion, Neoliberalism, Biopolitics." Reception to follow.

HemiPress
HemiPress
 is the Hemispheric Institute’s digital publications imprint, created to house and centralize our diverse publication initiatives. Using a variety of customized open-source digital humanities platforms, HemiPress includes the Gesture short works series, the Duke U.P./HemiPress digital books, stand-alone essays, and the Institute’s peer-reviewed journal emisférica, alongside interviews, Cuadernos, and other online teaching resources. It also provides state-of-the-art multilingual publication capacities and immersive formats for capturing the “live” of performance, as well as a digital “bookshelf”—the interface that houses all of the Institute’s publications and connects communities of readers across the Americas.

Gesture
Gesture
––the new Tome series from HemiPress––publishes short, evocative digital works that combine multimedia and writing to make an original critical intervention in the fields of performance and politics. “Gesture” performs across various expressive arenas. From Medieval Latin gestūra, gesture is a mode of action. It refers to a movement by the body intended to express a thought or feeling, an emotion, an idea, an opinion, and a political posture. The embodied, communicative, affective, and political dimensions of the word open up an expressive field of possibility, which ranges from the impulse to communicate to the accomplished act. Gestures can be both fleeting expressions and iterable, quotable enactments that cite previous acts and positions. The digital gesture signals a command. Gestures often accompany speech, but they are not reducible to verbal language. Gestures capture the many forms of expression that make up a communicative act. Gesture invites scholars, activists, and artists to submit work that enacts a position, a movement, a critical reflection.

[({ })] Transborder Immigrant Tool
This Gesture foregrounds the mediatic, aural, and poetic dimensions of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab’s Transborder Immigrant Tool project. Incorporating photography, video, audio, poetry, and prose, this Gesture works across four languages of the Americas—English, Spanish, Nahuatl, and Ayuujk/Mixe––to produce a uniquely rich digital experience of this important work at a critical moment of political transformation.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003




Book Event | "Because When God Is Too Busy" with Gina Athena Ulysse

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Thursday, February 23
6-8 pm

A poetic journey through silence, rebellious rage, love and the sacred, Because When God Is Too Busy: Haïti, me, THE WORLD is a lyrically vivid meditative journey that is unapologetic in its determination to name, embrace, and reclaim a revolutionary Blackness that has been historically stigmatized and denied. Crafting experiments with “ethnographic collectibles” of word, performative sounds, and imagery to blur genres and the lines between the geopolitical and the personal, this collection is a testament to postcolonial inheritances. These poems, performance texts, and photographs gather fractured memories—longings laced with Vodou chants confronting a past that looms too largely in the present. Because When God Is Too Busy searches for humility while honoring sacred and ancestral imperatives to recognize and salute power beyond Western attachments to reason.

Gina Athena Ulysse is a feminist artist-academic- activist and self-described Post-Zora Interventionist. She is an interdisciplinary methodologist whose research interests focus on Black diasporic conditions. She integrates performance, representation and public anthropology to create her works. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (2008), as well as Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (2015). Her edited projects include “Pawol Fanm Sou Douz Janvye,” in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Journal (2011), and “Caribbean Rasanblaj,” (2015), a double issue of emisférica. In addition to several anthologies, her writing has appeared in AnthroNow, Feminist StudiesGastronomica, Journal of Haitian Studies, Liminalities, PoemMemoirStory, SoulsAfricaIsACountry, Huffington Post, Tikkun Daily and Transition. Her projects include: Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD; I Am Storm: Songs & Poems for Haiti and VooDooDoll What if Haiti Were A Woman: On Ti Travay Sou 21 Pwen Or An Alter(ed)native in Something Other Than Fiction. She is Professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University.

Joy James is F.C. Oakley 3rd C. Professor @ Williams College where she teaches courses in the humanities and political science. Her most recent book is Seeking the Beloved Community.  Her other books include Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist PoliticsTranscending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals, and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture. Her edited books include: Warfare in the American HomelandThe New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison WritingsImprisoned IntellectualsStates of ConfinementThe Black Feminist Reader (co-edited with TD Sharpley-Whiting); and The Angela Y. Davis Reader. Her public intellectual work on race, gender and policing/incarceration has appeared in the Boston Review, NY Times, Viewpoint. She is a member of the Abolition Collective and co-curator/editor of its 2016 Elections Blog. James is co-curator of digital repositories for the Warfield Center and the Harriet Tubman Literary Circle, an educational nonprofit organization, at the University of Texas-Austin.

Jeremy Matthew Glick is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora literature and modern drama at Hunter College, English Deptartment. He is currently working on long-form essays on Frantz Fanon, Sam Greenlee's Black Power Detective Fiction, and Century-Methodological Approaches to African American Literature. His second book project is entitled Coriolanus Against Liberalism/ Coriolanus & Pan-Africanist Loss. He is also the Hunter College Chapter Chair of the PSC-CUNY Union. His book The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution is the 2017 recipient of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. It was recently reviewed by Slavoj Zizek in the L.A. Review of Books.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003