The World Inside Out: Disruption, Inversion, and Play

The panel seeks to examine the ways in which individual and collective subjects across the Americas come into being through a variety of discursive and embodied practices that creatively upend norms, conventions, and power.


Melissa M. Wilcox is Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair of Religion at the University of California Riverside. She recently published a book on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody [NYU, 2018]) and is beginning work on two new projects, one on leather spirituality and the other on the interweaving of religious studies and queer theory.

Luis Rincón Alba is a Colombian artist and scholar. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Performance Studies Department at NYU and an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University. His artistic and academic work focuses on the emergence of the political through the festive in Latin American and Caribbean aesthetics.

Leticia Alvarado is Assistant Professor Professor in the Department of American Studies at Brown University. Her interdisciplinary research is situated at the nexus of Latina/o/x, visual culture, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production (Duke University Press, 2018).

Joshua Chambers-Letson is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life (NYU Press, 2018) and A Race So Different: Law and Performance in Asian America (NYU Press, 2013). He is currently working with Tavia Nyong’o to prepare José Esteban Muñoz’s The Sense of Brown for publication with Duke University Press.

Sue Ellen Case (Moderator) is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Theater Film and New Media at UCLA. Her many books and articles, which have been published in several languages, focus on feminist and lesbian performance and politics. She has taught and lectured in academic institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She served on the Hemi board for several years, encountering scholars and performers throughout the Hemisphere, and even though these encounters have changed her thought and life, she deeply regrets that she still doesn't know Spanish.