• About Us

    About Us

    • Council & Committees

      Council & Committees

      The Hemispheric Institute Director and staff work closely with the Hemispheric Institute Council, which is comprised of at least one representative from each of its member institutions, as well as 10 artists and activists nominated by the Council. The Council has an elected Executive Committee that oversees its work in different areas.

      At New York University, the Hemi has a Steering Committee comprised of NYU faculty whose work intersects with the Institute’s interests and mission..

    • Staff

      Staff

  • Cuadernos

    Cuadernos

    Cuadernos

    Cuadernos are online curations of multimedia materials focused on particular topics or bodies of work relating to performance and politics in the Americas. Combining photos, videos, text, bibliographies, and audio recordings, these collections are designed to make connections between disciplines, to serve as a research resource for artists and scholars, and to solicit exchange and additional materials. Each Cuaderno is a work in progress

  • Video Library

    Video Library

    The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL)—a collaboration between New York University Libraries and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics—brings together in one place materials that have been available only in small, little-known archives that are inaccessible to scholars and that lack the resources to properly care for and provide access to these extraordinary cultural documents. Our trilingual Artist Profiles provide additional context to the videos and ensure wide accessibility to audiences around the Americas. 

    Click here for our Index of Artists.

    • Encuentro Collections

      Encuentro Collections

      Encuentro Collections

      Every two years//, the Hemispheric Institute host..s an Encuentro—part academic conference, part performance festival—in a different site in the Americas. Fostering experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration, each Encuentro brings together approximately five hundred scholars, artists, activists and students to take part in a week-long program of keynote lectures, work groups, performances, installations, roundtable discussions, visual arts exhibits, video screenings and hands-on performance workshops. Past thematic topics of the Encuentros have been: “Performance and Politics in the Americas” (2000), “Memory, Atrocity, and Resistance” (2001), “Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere” (2002), “Spectacles of Religiosities” (2003), “Performing 'Heritage': Contemporary Indigenous Performance and Community-Based Practices” (2005), “Corpolíticas/Body Politics: Formations of Race, Class and Gender in the Americas” (2007), “Staging Citizenship: Performance and Politics of Cultural Rights” (2009), and "Cities | Bodies | Action: The Politics of Passion in the Americas (2013).

      This section contains full collections for each of the Hemispheric Institute Encuentros.  Each icon will take you to the corresponding website for each Encuentro.

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      Encuentro 2009. Bogotá, Colombia

       

       


      Encuentro 2007. Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Encuentro 2005. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

      Encuentro 2003. New York City, United States

      Encuentro 2002. Lima, Peru

      Encuentro 2000. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    • Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library

      Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library

      HIDVL Overview

      The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL) is the first major digital video library of performance practices in the Americas. Created in partnership with NYU Libraries, and with the inaugural support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HIDVL began as an effort to preserve political performance works from the Americas, making these cultural documents available worldwide. This growing repository guarantees historical preservation and free access to over 900 hours of documentation.

      Working alongside artists, scholars, and activists, HIDVL creates trilingual Profiles (English, Spanish and Portuguese) for each Collection, contextualizing the videos with production information, synopses, image galleries, interviews, bibliographies and more. Creators retain the copyright to their contributions, and the original materials, which are returned after digitization. With documentation spanning the 1970’s to the present, HIDVL seeks Collections that promote dialogue and deeper understandings of performance and politics in the Americas.

    • HIDVL Alphabetical Index

      HIDVL Alphabetical Index

      Browse video holdings alphabetically (by first name) to find artists, groups, organizations, activists, or scholars whose work is included in HIDVL. When you click the name, our Digital Video Library catalog will appear in a new window.

  • emisférica

    emisférica

    emisférica

    emisférica is the Hemispheric Institute’s peer-reviewed, online, trilingual scholarly journal. Published biannually, journal issues focus on specific areas of inquiry in the study of performance and politics in the Americas. The journal publishes academic essays, multimedia artist presentations, activist interventions, and translations, as well as book, performance, and film reviews. Its languages are English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • Courses

    Courses

    • Spring 2016

      Spring 2016

    • Summer 2015

      Summer 2015

    • Spring 2015

      Spring 2015

    • Summer 2013

      Summer 2013

    • Fall 2012

      Fall 2012

    • Spring 2012

      Spring 2012

    • Summer 2011

      Summer 2011

    • Spring 2011

      Spring 2011

    • Student Projects

      Student Projects

      This area of the site contains collaborative research projects generated by students of Hemispheric Institute courses.

    • Summer 2010

      Summer 2010

    • Spring 2010

      Spring 2010

    • Summer 2009

      Summer 2009

    • Courses

      Courses

      Our interdisciplinary courses, offered in different locations in the Americas, combine the face-to-face quality of traditional classrooms with immersive site visits and online collaboration. Whether through semester-length seminars or thematically-based summer intensives, Hemi courses work to expand conventional understandings of about the production and transmission of knowledge. Collaborative pedagogies, interdisciplinary research methodologies, an emphasis on situated and site-specific knowledge, field work, and physical practice comprise some of the strategies through which we are redefining pedagogy and knowledge production. While course materials are accessible only to registered students, course information is available below.

    • Spring 2009

      Spring 2009

  • Encuentro

    Encuentro

  • Centers

    Centers

  • Publications

    Publications


    • Books

      Books

    • SCALAR

      SCALAR

      SCALAR is an authoring and publishing platform designed to facilitate the production of long-form scholarly publications online. Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar enables users to assemble media clips and images from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing, giving authors tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including more recursive and non-linear formats.

    • Stages of Conflict Full Articles

      Stages of Conflict Full Articles

    • Stages of Conflict

      Stages of Conflict

      A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance

      This web page, currently in development, will serve as a companion to Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance, edited by Diana Taylor & Sarah J. Townsend and published by University of Michigan Press. Content complementing the printed book will be added as the page develops, including original language scripts, photos & videos of performances, translators' commentaries, and teaching resources.

      Stages of Conflict is the first collection to trace the intersection of theater and social and political life in the Americas over the past five centuries. Selections range from a sixteenth-century native dance-drama and a nineteenth-century comedy about slavery to an avant-garde drama from the thirties that reflects the rise of fascism. More recent plays by writers such as Griselda Gambaro, Enrique Buenaventura, and Denise Stoklos address situations involving dictatorship, torture, and struggles for social justice. The volume is a must-read for anyone interested in the performance traditions of the Americas as a whole. Each performance text has been carefully translated into English and is accompanied by extensive critical commentary as well as bibliographies to aid further research.

      Read a review of Stages of Conflict from CHOICE publication

    • Hardcover: 344 pages
    • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (September 19, 2008)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0472070274
    • ISBN-13: 978-0472070275
    • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches

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  • Publications

    Publications

    The Hemispheric Institute's focus on embodied practice requires innovative methodologies for dissemination. We are actively exploring a range of publications that span from traditional print media, to born-digital projects and hybrid models.

  • Forums

    Forums

  • Special Collections

    Special Collections

    Resources available to Member Institutions.

  • emergenyc

    emergenyc

    EMERGENYC.

    The Hemispheric Institute at New York University launched EMERGENYC in 2008 as an incubator for emerging artists working at the intersection of performance and politics. Offering varied entry points into art and activism, the annual program prioritizes process, discovery and reflection, fostering a brave space for experimentation and risk-taking. Since its inception, the program has activated a strong network of local artivists – many of them from  underrepresented communities – who have built solidarity across differences and who continue to challenge dominant narratives through artistic cultural resistance

    • emergenyc 2019

      emergenyc 2019

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      emergenyc 2017

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      emergenyc 2014

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    • Alumni Bios

      Alumni Bios

    • emergenyc 2011

      emergenyc 2011

    • emergenyc 2010

      emergenyc 2010

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      emergenyc 2009

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      emergenyc 2008

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  • Initiatives

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  • Utilities

    Utilities

  • Events

    Events

    The Hemispheric Institute hosts special programs, artist talks, performances, film screenings, exhibitions, and more, which are free and open to the public. Find our upcoming and past events below.

  • Live

    Live

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