On Resistance and Stillness

Guest Editor: Serap Erincin

Dedicated to José Esteban Muñoz

Muñoz Meditation    [pdf]
Tracie Morris

Introduction: On Minorities, Silence, Stillness, and Resistance     [pdf]
Serap Erincin

The Limits of the Carnivalesque: Re-thinking Silence as a Mode of Social Protest    [pdf]
Erin Fitz-Henry

Who Says, “I’m undocumented”? Theatrical Strategies in the
Politics of Undocumented Immigration
Andrés Fabián Henao Castro

Digital Media and Performance Activism: Technology, Biopolitics,
and New Tools of Transnational Resistance
Serap Erincin

[      ]: National Day of Silence’s Rhetorical Silence
as Performative Rhetorical Activism
    [pdf & video]
Hillery Glasby

The Personal, the Political, and the Public:
Performing Hijab in Iran
Oli Mohammadi

Mujeres Se Levantan Por Mujeres: The Naked Body
and Social Protest in Bogotá, Colombia
    [pdf & video]
Rebecca Mercado Thornton

Locating Motherhood   [html & images]
Laura Endacott

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner    [artist's page]
Jake Kolton

Imaginary Self-Immolation   [video performance & pdf]
Alexandrine Capolla Beauregard

<notes on contributors>

» Alexandrine Capolla Beauregard is an inter-disciplinary artist based in Montreal, Canada. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University in 2015 in Fine Arts. She also did a minor in religion during which she focused on Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition. She has always been concerned with the historical and cultural impacts of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and she has been interested in performance art since very young. Although she expresses herself through painting, sculpture, fibre, and electronic art, she prefers the medium of performance when it comes to political and social themes. Her performances, even though introspective and silent on the surface, are born from her profound desire to stir shock and to spark reflection. Many of her works about exile and women's issues are unspoken calls for change.

» Andrés Fabián Henao Castro (Ph.D., UM Amherst) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests are the relationships between ancient and contemporary political theory, particularly in reference to democratic and de-colonial theories and practices, the question of political subjectivity and the distribution of political agency. His work has been published in Contemporary Political Theory and Hypatia, and he also regularly writes for Palabras al Margen, a journal of political analysis.

» Laura Endacott is a practicing artist whose interdisciplinary research explores women’s contemporary identity by focusing specifically on the subject of motherhood. She holds a BFA and an MA from Concordia University where she has been a faculty member in the Studio Arts Department (Montreal, Canada) for twenty years. Her performance work with textile dolls has been included in a new anthology Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist and Everyday Enactments (Demeter Press, 2014) and has been selected to be included in the Quebec Craft Museum’s permanent collection (2014). Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in museums, at conferences, in artist-run galleries and non-traditional spaces.

» Serap Erincin is a performance studies scholar who has worked as a performer, director, writer, and arts and politics journalist in London, UK and Istanbul, Turkey, before moving to the US. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A former Robert Corrigan fellow, she is the recipient of various awards including the PSi Dwight Conquergood Award, NCA Best Paper award, and ATDS Emerging Scholar Award. She has published on experimental performance, technology, and human rights performance and is the editor of Solum and Other Plays from Turkey. She is also the writer and director of plays such as Atrocity Boulevard, Inside “Out,” and Connected, and the curator of several symposiums and the Neurohumanities Salons.

» Erin Fitz-Henry is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Developmental Studies at the University of Melbourne. She completed an MDiv at Harvard University and a PhD in anthropology at Princeton University, where she previously served as a lecturer. Her principal research interests include social movements, militarization, and environmental rights. She is the author of U.S. Military Bases and Anti-Military Organizing (Palgrave 2015).

» Hillery Glasby is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Ohio University and the Assistant Director of the Graduate Writing and Research Center. She teaches composition courses focused on revolution(ary) rhetoric(s), anti-LGBTQ bullying movements, LGBTQ identities and writing, environmental sustainability, and sexual literacy. Hillery has also taught LGBTQ literature and Queer Rhetorics and Writing. Her aim in the classroom, and in her scholarship, is to tie theory to practice in the vein of rhetorical agency and social justice.

» Jake Kolton is a filmmaker and artist living and working in New York City. Originally from northern Indiana, he developed an interest in image-making at an early age with the help of his father’s VHS camcorder and a box of costumes. He is a recent graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film and art history.

» Oli Mohammadi (PhD, Louisiana State University) teaches in the Communication Studies department at West Valley College. She is also a contributing faculty member with Walden University and J. Seargent Reynolds. She has conducted ethnographic research in Iran, donating the transcriptions to The T. Harry Center for Oral History. She has worked on a STEM Curriculum Development Grant with the National Science Foundation and Research Corporation. She resides in the Silicon Valley, with her son Summit Noble.

» Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, recording artist, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. She presents her work widely around the world. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, DIA: Chelsea and other galleries and museums. Tracie is the recipient of NYFA, Creative Capital, Asian Cultural Council and other grants, as well as fellowships from Yaddoo, MacDowell and Millay artist colonies. She is a former CPCW Poetics fellow of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Intermission and Rhyme Scheme. Her most recent book is handholding: 5 kinds, from Kore Press (2016). She is co-editor, (with Charles Bernstein) of Best American Experimental Writing 2016 from Wesleyan University Press. Tracie holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU, and has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and American acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

» Rebecca Mercado Thornton (Ph.D. Ohio University) is an assistant professor in the department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Her research focuses on how economic, political, and social encroachments influ-ence the way women narrate their lives, identity, and culture. Her research appears in journals such as the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, and Departures in Qualitative Research. She teaches courses in Performance, Family Communication, Race and Communication, Communication Theory, and Multicultural Communication.

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (issn: 1557-2935)

editor-in-chief: Michael LeVan (Vancouver, WA)
the city editor: Daniel Makagon (DePaul University)
digital horizons editors: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook (Southern Illinois University) and Daniel (Jake) Simmons
   (Missouri State University)
performance & pedagogy editor: open
book review editor: Christopher J. McRae (University of South Florida)

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