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Afro-Hemispheric Performance

A collection of resources from Afro-Hemispheric Performance: Actions, Socially Public Participations, Rituals, and Ceremonies, a workshop led by Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet through the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in August 2020.

Curated by Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet

Havana, Cuba, 1958. Interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator, and Fulbright scholar. Ferrera-Balanquet holds a Ph.D. from Duke University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

His artworks have been exhibited at MIX New York, Film Anthology, Nueva York; “Decolonizing The “Cold” War”, BE.BOP 2013 Black Europe Body Politics, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Germany; Transitio_MX 03, Centro Nacional de las Artes, México D.F.; “Cuba: La Isla Posible”, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Spain; Centre for Media and Culture in Education, University of Toronto, Canada; Film and Video Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival San Francisco, California.

A member of the Mariel Generation and author of Aestesis Decolonial Transmoderna Latinx_MX (2019); and Imaginarios Creativos y Soberanía Erótica Decolonial (2018). His critical research and literary texts have been published in Australia, Mexico, Italy, Canada, United States, Colombia, Germany, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Ecuador, Romania, Turkey, England, and Dominican Republic.

In addition to a Fulbright Fellowship, Ferrera-Balanquet has been awarded grants from FONCA (2017), Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2017), Prince Claus Foundation, US/Mexico Cultural Fund, The Australian Network of Art and Technology, the NEA/Film in the Cities, and The Lyn Blumenthal Video Foundation.



The Concepts of Ori and Human Destiny in Traditional Yoruba Thought: A Soft- Deterministic Interpretation

Oladele Abiodun Balogun

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Groundings on Rasanblaj with M. Jacqui Alexander

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Afrofuturism 2.0 and The Black Speculative Art Movement - Notes on a Manifesto

Reynaldo Anderson

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Introduction, Future Texts

Alondra Nelson

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Performance Trace: Staged Actions, Live Art, and Performance Made for the Camera

Yona Backer

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Notes on the Crisis of Black American Performance Art

Owens Clifford

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Between the Body and the Flesh: Sex and Gender

Tavia Nyong’o

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Women in Masquerade and Performance

Judith Bettelheim

Malungaje: Toward a Poetics of Diaspora

Jerome C. Branche

Nation and the Cold War: Reflections on the Circuitous Routes of African Diaspora Studies

Lisa Brock

Papo Colo

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“The Interaction of Coloreds” (2002, 2018) and Racialized Online Identity.

Ekin Erkan

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The Fact of Blackness

Frantz Fanon

Introduction: Documenting Blackness at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jason Fox & Mia Mask

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Figuring Blackness in Modern and Contemporary African Diaspora Visual Cultures

Jacqueline Francis

Retratos en Blanco y Afro. Liliana Angul

Giraldo Escobar, Sol Astrid

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Poetics of Relation

Edouard Glissant

Exercises For rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy

Guillermo Gomez Peña and Roberto Sinfuente

Introduction: Who Needs 'Identity'?

Stuart Hall


No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues

Sylvia Wynter


Carlos Martiel and the Transnational Politics of the Black Body

Marelys Valencia

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The Power of the Story

Michael-Rolph Troullot

iss Canadiana Confronts the Mythologies of Nationhood and the im/possibility of African Diasporic Memory in Toronto

Camille Turner

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Racial Kitsch and Black Performance

Tavia Nyong’o

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