This workgroup will look at the way in which artists in the Americas used the body in its material appearance (event) and its remainders (trace) as an instrument of political intervention.

Between the Event and the Trace: Performance Art in the Americas

Can we think about the body independently from the physical space it occupies? What do models of ornamentation, body painting, scarification, tattooing and piercing have in common regarding questions of body identity?

Body of Ritual Space

This group will look at the many ways dead bodies are given cultural and political significance.We will consider a variety of media and types of performance, be it theater, mass media (television, print news), popular festivals, sacred rites and sites, or monuments and events that commemorate national heroes.

Dead Bodies

Gisela Canépa-Koch is Anthropology Coordinator in the Department of Social Sciences at the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from that same institution and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Knowing and Caring for the Body: The Political Economy of the Self in Consumer Society

Due to the global and multicultural processes associated to postmodernism, it is possible to appreciate the spread of body, drama and dance techniques linked to non-Western performance traditions, like Eastern, African or Amerindian.

Performances and multiculturalism: traditions and transformations in the poetics and politics of the bodies

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