Hemispheric Institute

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The Hemispheric Institute connects artists, scholars, and activists from across the Americas and creates new avenues for collaboration and action. Focusing on social justice, we research politically engaged performance and amplify it through gatherings, courses, publications, and archives. Our dynamic, multilingual network traverses disciplines and borders and is grounded in the fundamental belief that artistic practice and critical reflection can spark lasting cultural change.

Hemispheric Institute Projects and Initiatives

Gatherings Encuentros are itinerant, biennial gatherings of hundreds of artists, scholars, and activists from across the Americas to collaborate, share work, and engage in dialogue and experimentation through a program of lectures, performances, roundtables, work groups, exhibitions, and workshops.

Publications 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.

Local Events Housed at NYU, Hemi New York is a hub for artistic and scholarly exchange. Hemi New York hosts year-round public programming, including lectures, conferences, performances, exhibitions, artist residencies, and a visiting scholars program. Core initiatives include EMERGENYC, our training program for emerging artivists; the Critical Tactics Lab, a forum for researching contemporary and historical collective action; and Hemispheric Dialogues, a series of informal conversations on issues such as Indigeneities, Disabilities, and Trans-feminisms.

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. Taught by leading scholars and artists and open to students from throughout the Hemi network, our intensive courses have been held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico; Bogotá, Colombia; and Lima, Peru.

Membership Hemi is animated by its member institutions. Each organization contributes its local knowledge to create a network far more powerful than any single entity. In addition to participating in the vision and practice of Hemi, member institutions gain enhanced access to Hemi’s digital authoring tools, online archives, and other pedagogical resources. Faculty and students also have opportunities to propose work groups, participate in graduate-level courses, and engage with an active, Americas-wide network to address pressing social issues.

Video Library Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL) is the first major online video archive of performance in the Americas, created in collaboration with NYU Libraries and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This growing repository guarantees historical preservation and free online access to more than 900 hours of streaming video through the Hemi website. Each collection includes a trilingual profile that contextualizes the work.

Work Groups Work groups facilitate long-term and collaborative research between scholars, artists, and activists. These groups are interdisciplinary and focus on themes such as Performing Disability/Enabling Performance, Performance Practice as Research, Women Mobilizing Memory, Performing the Asian/Americas, The Street and the Network: Activism in the 21st Century, and Carnival and Popular Fiestas.

Physical Library Housed in the Tamiment Library at NYU, our physical archive includes fragile materials such as slides, photographs, books, posters, and other performance ephemera, as well as collections of important artists and activists like Jesusa Rodríguez (Mexico) and the Yes Men (US). Archives at Risk, the collection of materials housed in NYU’s Special Collections at Bobst, preserves work on performance and politics that cannot—or will not—be protected in their countries of origin in the Americas.We also maintain a collection of rare books, journals, and videos at our offices in New York.

Network Institutions

Steering Committee

  • Thomas Abercrombie

    Professor Department of Anthropology/CLACS FAS

  • Jans Andermann

    Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Miriam Basilio

    Associate Professor Museum Studies and Department of Art History FAS

  • Barbara Browning

    Associate Professor Department of Performance Studies TSOA

  • Sebastián Calderón Bentín

    Assistant Professor Department of Theater TSOA

  • Pamela Calla

    Clinical Associate Professor Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies FAS

  • Ana María Dopico

    Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • R. Luke Dubois

    Associate Professor Technology, Culture and Society Tandon School of Engineering

  • Stephen Duncombe

    Professor Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

  • Ada Ferrer

    Professor Department of History FAS

  • Licia Fiol-Matta

    Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Sibylle Fischer

    Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Malik Gaines

    Assistant Professor Department of Performance Studies TSOA

  • Faye Ginsburg

    David B. Kriser Professor Department of Anthropology FAS

  • Gabriel Giorgi

    Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Greg Grandin

    Professor Department of History FAS

  • Lynn Gumpert

    Director Grey Art Gallery

  • Jill Lane

    Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese

  • André Lepecki

    Associate Professor Department of Performance Studies TSOA

  • Debra Levine

    Assistant Professor Theater Program NYU Abu Dhabi

  • Nicholas Mirzoeff

    Professor Department of Media, Culture, and CommunicationNYU Steinhardt

  • Tomás Urayoán Noel

    Associate Professor Department of English FAS

  • Lorie Novak

    Professor Department of Photography and Imaging TSOA

  • Ann Pellegrini

    Professor Department of Performance Studies SCA/TSOA/FAS

  • Dana Polan

    Professor Department of Cinema Studies TSOA

  • Rubén Polendo

    Associate Professor Theater Program NYU Abu Dhabi

  • Rubén Ríos

    Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Dylan Robbins

    Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • María Josefina Saldaña

    Associate Professor Department of Social and Cultural Analysis FAS

  • Karen Shimakawa

    Professor Department of Performance Studies TSOA

  • Anna Deavere Smith

    University Professor Department of Performance Studies

  • Robert Stam

    Associate Professor Department of Anthropology FAS

  • Marita Sturken

    Professor Department of Media, Culture, and Communication NYU Steinhardt

  • Sinclair Thomas

    Professor Department of History FAS

  • Laura Torres-Rodríguez

    Assistant Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Zeb Tortorici

    Assistant Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese FAS

  • Alexandra Vazquez

    Associate Professor Department of Performance Studies TSOA

  • Alejandra Velasco

    Associate Professor Gallatin School

  • Deborah Willis

    Professor Department of Photography and Imaging TSOA

Council

  • Sérgio Andrade

    Professor Department of Arts of the Body Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

  • Shannon Bell

    Professor Department of Political Science York University

  • Kathleen Buddle

    Associate Professor Department of Anthropology University of Manitoba

  • Nao Bustamante

    Vice Dean and Associate ProfessorRoski School of the ArtsUniversity of Southern California

  • Charlotte Canning

    Professor Department of Theatre and Dance University of Texas at Austin

  • Andre Carreira

    Professor Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina

  • Sue-Ellen Case

    Professor and Chair Department of Theater School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA

  • Anabelle Contreras Castro

    Professor, School of Scenic Arts Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica

  • Kency Cornejo

    Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Art and Art History

  • Jean-François Côté

    Professor Université du Québec à Montréal

  • Roewan Crowe

    Associate Professor and Chair Women’s Gender Studies University of Winnipeg

  • Petrona de la Cruz Cruz

    Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya San Cristóbal de las Casas, México

  • Eleonora Fabião

    Artist Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

  • Susanna Friedmann

    Associate Professor Institute of Aesthetic Research Universidad Nacional de Colombia

  • Marcela Fuentes

    Assistant Professor Department of Performance Studies Northwestern University

  • Esther Gabara

    Associate Professor Department of Romance Studies and Art, Art History Visual Studies Duke University

  • Regina Josá Galindo

    Artist Guatemala

  • Maruja García Padilla

    Associate Professor Department of Humanities Women and Gender Studies Program Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

  • Beatrice Glow

    Artist New York

  • Macarena Gómez-Barris

    Professor and Chair Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies Pratt Institute

  • Paola Hernández

    Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Jorge Hernández Esguep

    Director School of Visual Arts Universidad Austral de Chile

  • Teresa Hernández

    Artist USA Artists Puerto Rico

  • Marianne Hirsch

    Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender Columbia University

  • Karen Jaime

    Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies, Cornell University

  • Stephen Johnson

    Professor Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies University of Toronto

  • Smaro Kamboureli

    Professor Department of English University of Toronto

  • Peter Kulchyski

    Professor Department of Native Studies University of Manitoba

  • Dominika Laster

    Assistant Professor of TheatreDepartment of Theatre History and Criticism

  • Stephen Allen Lawson

    Artist, 2boys.tv Montreal, Canada

  • Zeca Ligiéro

    Professor Center of Arts and Literature Programa de Pós-Graduação em Teatro Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

  • Elisabeth Silva Lopes

    Professor Department of Theatre Arts School of Arts and Communications Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  • Agnes Lugo-Ortiz

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish Department of Romance Languages and Literatures University of Chicago

  • Lillian Manzor

    Associate Professor Modern Languages and Literatures University of Miami

  • Leda Martins

    Professor Department of Literature Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

  • Paloma McGregor

    Artist Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black New York

  • Kaitlin McNally Murphy

    Assistant Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese University of Arizona

  • Lorie Novak

    Professor Department of Photography and Imaging New York University

  • Julio Pantoja

    Artist Argentina

  • Luis Peirano

    Professor School of Arts and Sciences Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

  • Antonio Prieto-Stambaugh

    Professor Department of Theater Universidad Veracruzana

  • Teresa Ralli

    Artist Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani Peru

  • Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

    Associate Professor School of Social Work and Family Studies The University of British Columbia

  • Milla C. Riggio

    Professor Department of English Trinity College

  • Ramón Rivera-Servera

    Associate Professor and Chair Department of Performance Studies Northwestern University

  • Jesusa Rodríguez

    Artist Resistencia Creativa Mexico

  • Analola Santana

    Assistant Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese Dartmouth College

  • Kim Sawchuk

    Professor Department of Communication Studies Concordia University

  • Javier Serna

    Professor School of Theater Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

  • Jacques Servin

    Artist The Yes Men/New York University

  • Roberto Sifuentes

    Associate Professor, Performance School of the Arts Institute of Chicago

  • Peggy Shaw

    Artist Split Britches New York

  • Doris Sommer

    Professor Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Harvard University

  • Silvia Spitta

    Professor and Chair Departments of Spanish and Comparative Literature Dartmouth College

  • Marcos Steuernagel

    Assistant Professor Department of Theatre and Dance University of Colorado Boulder

  • Mark Sussman

    Associate Professor Department of Theater Concordia University

  • Diana Taylor

    University Professor Departments of Performance Studies and Spanish Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics New York University

  • Dot Tuer

    Professor OCAD University

  • Gina Ulysse

    Professor Anthropology and African American Studies Wesleyan University

  • Paolo Vignolo

    Professor Departamento de Historia Universidad Nacional de Colombia

  • Tamara Underiner

    Associate Professor School of Theater and Film Arizona State University

  • Lois Weaver

    Artist Split Britches New York

  • Brenda Werth

    Associate Professor Department of Language and Foreign Study American University

  • Jennifer Willet

    Assistant Professor School of Visual Arts University of Windsor

  • Patricia Ybarra

    Associate Professor Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies Brown University