Hemispheric Institute

 

Hemi 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

HemiPress

HemiPress is our digital publications imprint, created to house and centralize our diverse publication initiatives. Using a variety of customized open-source platforms, HemiPress includes a digital book series, stand-alone essays, and our journal emisférica, alongside other online teaching resources. HemiPress also provides access to Tome, an online authoring tool that facilitates long-form publishing in an immersive, media-rich environment.

Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL)

HIDVL is the first major digital video archive of performance practices in the Americas. Created in partnership with NYU Libraries and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HIDVL guarantees historical preservation of and free, online access to more than 700 hours of streaming video and extensive supporting materials in three languages. Recently acquired collections include Augusto Boal, Franklin Furnace, and UNIVERSES, among others.

Hemi New York

Housed at NYU, Hemi New York is a hub for artistic and scholarly exchange, featuring year-round public programming including conferences, performances, and exhibitions. Core initiatives include EMERGENYC, a training program for emerging artivists; the Critical Tactics Lab, a forum for researching collective action; and Hemispheric Dialogues, conversations around contemporary debates led by prominent scholars in the field.

Work Groups

Work groups facilitate long-term and collaborative research between scholars, artists, and activists. Our model for work groups emerged as an alternative to traditional academic panels, providing a space for sustained exploration of key issues in the study of performance and politics.

Encuentros

Part academic conference, part performance festival, Encuentros are biennial events that bring together hundreds of scholars, artists, activists, and students at different sites in the Americas. Encuentros foster experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration through a program of lectures, performances, roundtables, work groups, exhibitions, and workshops. Recent Encuentros include eXcéntrico: Dissidence, Sovereignties, Performance (Santiago 2016) and MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas (Montreal 2014).

Courses

Through our interdisciplinary courses, offered in different locations in the Americas, we work to expand conventional understandings of what knowledge is and how it gets transmitted. Collaborative pedagogies, interdisciplinary methodologies, an emphasis on situated knowledge, field work, and physical practice comprise some of the strategies through which we are reimagining pedagogy and knowledge production.

Physical Archive

Housed in the Tamiment Library at NYU, our archive includes fragile materials such as slides, photographs, books, posters, and other performance ephemera that have been provided by affiliated artists and scholars in order to assure their preservation for future generations. In addition to the collections at Tamiment, Hemi maintains an onsite library of books, journals, videos, and other primary source materials donated by artists and scholars in our network. Visitors may access this unique collection by visiting our reading room.

Graduate Student Initiative (Hemi GSI)

Hemi GSI seeks to strengthen the Institute’s network of graduate students working at the intersection of performance and politics. Hosted by member universities and organized entirely by students, Hemi GSI conferences (Convergences) create opportunities for a new generation of scholars to share their research, collaborate with artist-activists, and develop alternative pedagogies.

The Helix Queer Performance Network

A collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Hemispheric Institute, the Helix Queer Performance Network seeks to nurture emerging queer performers, unite diverse queer communities, and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City. Helix grew out of the Hemispheric New York Performance Network, an initiative created with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation that built long-term institutional partnerships with key New York City arts spaces. Through educational initiatives, innovative stage productions and challenging public conversations that prioritize diversity across age, race, class and gender, Helix aims to foster an inter-generational, multi-racial, multi-gender performance community where artists can document a broad spectrum of queer experience in the context of a rich artistic history.

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 our 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.

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • ITESO, Guadalajara
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • OCAD University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Trinity College
  • Universidad Austral de Chile
  • Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras
  • Universidad Veracruzana
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina
  • Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
  • Universidade  Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • University of Arizona
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Miami
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Windsor
  • University of Winnipeg
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wesleyan University
  • York University
    • Ana Elena Puga, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
    • Anabelle Contreras-Castro, Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica
    • Analola Santana, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
    • Andre Carreira, Professor, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina
    • Antonio Prieto-Stambaugh, Professor, Universidad Veracruzana
    • Brenda Werth, Assistant Professor, American University
    • Charlotte Canning, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
    • Christina L. Sisk, Assistant Professor, University of Houston
    • Diana Taylor, Professor, New York University
    • Doris Sommer, Professor, Harvard University
    • Dot Tuer, Professor, Ontario College of Art & Design
    • Elisabeth Silva Lopes, Professor, Universidade de São Paulo
    • Enrique Páez Agraz, Coordinator, Departamento de Estudios Socioculturales, ITESO, Guadalajara
    • Esther Gabara, Associate Professor, Duke University
    • Gina Athena Ulysse, Associate Professor, Wesleyan University
    • Javier Serna, Professor and Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
    • Jean-François Côté, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Jennifer Willet, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
    • Jill Lane, Associate Professor, New York University
    • Judith Hamera, Professor, Texas A&M University
    • Jorge Hernández Esguep, Director, School of Visual Arts, Universidad Austral de Chile
    • José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra, Assistant Professor, University of Houston
    • Kaitlin McNally-Murphy, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
    • Kathleen Buddle, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
    • Keavy Martin, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
    • Kim Sawchuk, Professor, Concordia University
  • Laura Levin, Associate Professor, York University
  • Leda Martins, Professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor, University of Miami
  • Lorie Novak, Professor, New York University
  • Luis Peirano, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Macarena Gómez Barris, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
  • Marcela Fuentes, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
  • Marianne Hirsch, Professor, Director, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Columbia University
  • Mark Sussman, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, Concordia University
  • Maruja García Padilla, Associate Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico – Río Piedras
  • Milla C. Riggio, Professor, Trinity College
  • Paola Hernández, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Paolo Vignolo, Associate Professor, National University of Colombia, Bogotá
  • Patricia Ybarra, Associate Professor, Brown University
  • Peter Kulchyski, Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Petrona De La Cruz Cruz, Founder, FOMMA (Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya)
  • Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Ramón Rivera-Servera, Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Roberto Sifuentes, Associate Professor, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago
  • Roewan Crowe, Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg
  • Shannon Bell, Associate Professor, York University
  • Silvia Spitta, Professor, Dartmouth College
  • Smaro Kamboureli, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Stephen Johnson, Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto
  • Susanna Friedmann, Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Tamara Underiner, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
  • Zeca Ligiéro, Professor, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Ana María Dopico
Associate Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Comparative Literature
Faculty of Arts and Science


Anna Deavere Smith
University Professor
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts


André Lepecki
Associate Professor
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts


Barbara Browning
Associate Professor
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts


Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
University Professor
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts


Claudia Joskowicz
Studio Faculty
Department of Art and Art Professions
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


Dana Polan
Professor
Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Arts


Debra J. Levine
Assistant Professor
Department of Theater
NYU Abu Dhabi


Deborah Willis
Professor
Department of Photography and Imaging
Tisch School of the Arts


Dylon Robbins
Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Faculty of Arts and Science


Faye Ginsburg
Professor
Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Science


Gerard Aching
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Faculty of Arts and Science


Jill Lane
Associate Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Faculty of Arts and Science


Lorie Novak
Professor
Department of Phototography and Imaging
Tisch School of the Arts


Lok Siu
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Science


Marita Sturken
Professor
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


Mary Louise Pratt
Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
Faculty of Arts and Science


Miriam Basilio
Assistant Professor
Museum Studies and Department of Art History
Faculty of Arts and Science


Nancy Barton
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Art and Art Education
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


Nicholas Mirzoeff
Professor
Art and Art Education
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


Robert Stam
Professor
Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Art


Rubén Polendo
Associate Dean for the Arts Center
Theater Program Director
Associate Professor
NYU Abu Dhabi


Sebastián Calderón Bentín
Assistant Professor
Department of Drama
Tisch School of the Arts


Sylvia Molloy
Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Faculty of Arts and Science


Tavia Nyongo
Assistant Professor
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts


Thomas Abercrombie
Professor
Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Science

Translation is at the heart of the Hemispheric Institute’s practice—at the core of our thinking and doing. Our capacity to come together, share work, and build relationships of collaboration and exchange depends upon our ability to express ourselves in the languages in which we feel most comfortable and which best capture the nuances of our thought and action. Yet our commitment to translation has always come up against our capacity to provide full print and digital translation and offer simultaneous interpretation across our events and programs. While we are proud to be able to provide simultaneous interpretation of the keynote lectures, roundtables, and other plenary events, we are also keenly aware that mutual understanding across our linguistic differences will require a collective effort on the part of all participants. In many ways, this challenge of intelligibility across difference defines the praxis of Encuentros, calling upon each of us to make the concern of another our own. This means speaking slowly and clearly, and translating—whenever possible—for the colleague standing next to you. It is in this spirit of generosity that we invite everyone to participate as active interpreters in this collective exercise—one which we hope can help us model the change we want to see and the world we want to inhabit.