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Performance and Social Justice: Kshoy/Decay, 2010-2011

The Performance and Social Justice Collaborative will continue to explore, through movement-based research, the trauma and resistance of communities of women of color across global North and South.  In this next phase, the collaborative will create and produce Kshoy/Decay, a performance project investigating the multiple impacts of communalism and violence on women.  Working through an intersection of traditional scholarly research, and improvisation-based embodied knowing, the collaborative seeks to foreground multiple epistemologies in seeking understanding and sharing knowledge about specific contexts of religious fundamentalism, communalism, and gendered violence, and how they are affecting multiple communities of color.  Working with bodies and movement to both investigate and produce knowledge, this project will emphasize in particular the materiality of women’s struggles in these contexts and the ways in which women have reimagined their lives in response.  Our journey might be imagined/historical documentation through performance, and will suggest the multiple agential ways in which women of color are approaching issues of social justice.  Other events marking our process will be workshops for project participants, workshops for community and youth groups, showing, dialogues, “community conversations,” and formal presentations.

Conveners: Ananya Chatterjea (Theatre Arts and Dance, College of Liberal Arts), Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley (English, College of Liberal Arts), and Jigna Desai (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts).

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