Spring 2017
IAS Research Colloquium

Borders and Bodies:  Performance and Resistance

What are the ways in which bodies – black bodies, queer bodies, diasporic bodies, Muslim bodies, exiled bodies – are redeployed to perform resistance?  These three talks, by IAS faculty Jade Power Sotomayor, Thea Quiray Tagle, and Anida Yoeu Ali, address this question.

Moving Borders and Dancing in Place: Son Jarocho’s Speaking Bodies at the Fandango Fronterizo

Jade Power Sotomayor

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm
UW1-280 (Rose Room)

Discussant: Susan Harewood

This presentation examines the politics of movement at the Fandango Fronterizo, an annual bi-national son jarocho event that takes place on both sides of the Tijuana/San Isidro border. Dr. Power Sotomayor engages indigenous scholarship on embodied sovereignty to make sense of this embodied music making as a political gesture that challenges and defies the borders imposed by colonial powers. Furthermore, she examines the way that corporeal blackness circulates both as a contestation to the historical erasure of blackness in discourses about Mexico, as well as a valuable signifier of resistance and liberation that, sometimes troublingly so, relies on the construction of black difference and the further bordering of identities.

Mapping Leather and Brown in San Francisco’s South of Market

Thea Quiray Tagle

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm
UW1-280 (Rose Room)

Discussant: Minda Martin

This talk maps the palimpsestic histories of Filipino/American and LGBTQ communities that have lived and worked in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood since the early 20th century, through psychogeographic performances by queer Filipina/Colombian performance artist Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa; diasporic Filipino/American punk groups; and the leather daddies of Folsom Street.  This talk argues that varied fashionings of self—or the queer and Filipino geographies of kinship and sociality throughout the neighborhood—reveal the limits of community-led initiatives which wish to designate as either an LGBT or Filipino “Heritage District.” Embodied performances, in their insistence on one’s "being there" and as in their remappings of the South of Market, offer an alternative mode of imagining and inhabiting a neighborhood which can support both LGBTQ and Filipino/American lives.

Executive Order 99: Make More Controversial Art!

Anida Yoeu Ali

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm
UW1-280 (Rose Room)

Discussant: Naomi Bragin

Artist, scholar and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali will present a hybrid performance/talk and visual experience on themes of transnationalism, otherness, and exiled bodies. Her latest work The Red Chador unapologetically steps directly into the face of Islamophobia whether it’s on the streets of Paris after the Charlie Hebdo killings or on the collegiate playgrounds of wealthy Trump voters. No stranger to controversy, Ali’s artworks have agitated the White House, been attacked by anonymous vandals, and censored by Vietnam’s culture police. Through her media lab, Studio Revolt, Ali will also discuss her works and ideas about contemporary justice and its residual effects on the Cambodian American experience. She is actively engaged in international dialogues, community activism, and artistic resistance to multiple sites of oppression. Through performance and video works, she will present a body of work that provocatively considers the diasporic past and present contours of hybrid identities. Her work upholds her lifelong belief that art is a critical tool for individual and societal transformation. 

The IAS Research Colloquium provides a forum for graduate students, faculty, and external partners to learn about interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research practices, and to think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design. 

All sessions are open to the campus-community and general public: No RSVP required. 

A two-credit course option (BCULST/BPOLST 598B) is available to graduate students: contact S.Charusheela (charus@uw.edu) to enroll.

The University of Washington is committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To inquire about disability accommodations, please contact Rosa Lundborg at Disability Support Services at least ten days prior to the event at 425.352.5307, TDD 425.352.5303, FAX 425.352.5455, or email uwb-drs@uw.edu.


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Past Colloquia

Learn about past colloquium presentations.

Subject areas included: education policy, sex trafficking, rethinking Marxism, environmental justice, arts-based research, qualitative geovisualization, religion and HIV risk, conserving biodiversity, human rights, and media activism.