Why have archives become so central for our understanding of our historical moment and of ourselves as subjects of history? This double issue looks at archives as calls to action. Rather than stable repositories, archives are examined as acts and practices in transit that mobilize different media and are mobilized by them.

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

Marianne Hirsch

Diana Taylor

Jill Lane

Marcial Godoy-Anativia

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Frances Pollitt

Laura Bluher

Victor Bautista

Mauricio Delfín

Linnete Manrique

Miguel Winograd

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Kahlil Chaar-Pérez

Mauricio Delfín

Marcos Steuernagel

Miguel Winograd

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The editors would like to thank the many artists, collections, archives, and publications that granted permission to reproduce their work in this issue; in particular: Profession (Modern Language Association), Smalle Axe (Duke University Press), the Charlotte Salomon Foundation, and Art Spiegelman (The Wylie Argency LLC and Pantheon Books, a division of Random House).

HemiPress New York City 2018 ISSN 1554-3706