Save the Date! Encuentro 2007 in Buenos Aires

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics is now planning its next Encuentro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in collaboration with the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. The Encuentro will take place from the 8th to the 17th of June, 2007 at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Teatro Empire. Both of these venues are truly spectacular and we’re very excited for this next chance to meet up with our Hemi community—so mark your calendars!

Tentatively titled "Corpolíticas / Body Politics in the Americas: Formations of Race, Class and Gender," the 10-day event will focus on body politics: the politics of the body, political bodies, bodies politic, and the relations between them. We are particularly interested in the formations of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity and gender articulated through body politics in different eras, geographies and imaginaries in the Americas. We understand the body as a site of negotiation, discipline, and a means of expression and meaning. These issues will be clustered under four large umbrella topics that will be the point of departure for a range of performances, installations, exhibits, roundtable discussions, workshops, lectures, and work groups: 1) Corpografías: bodies and the making of place (how have the politics of the body been enlisted in the production of political bodies?), 2) Corpodinamías: bodies and movement(s) (how does attention to the performing body help us understand political movements, the staging of power, the body politics of migration?) 3) Corpusterrorificus: bodies and terror (how can we understand the production of terror and the ways in which it produces terrifying/terrified, fearful/fearless bodies?) and 4) Corpoéticas: poetics and politics (what is the relation between aesthetic and ethical performance; what practices, theories, or models allow us to explore the politics and poetics of the body?). We invite a range of proposals, both individual and collective, that focus on issues both contemporary and historical, local and translocal.

The official Encuentro ***Call*** for performances, papers, presentations, installations, art and activist projects, as well as ideas for work group topics, will be sent out to everyone and posted on this webite by the end of the month. We hope you can join us!