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[Virtual] Studies Project: DECOLONIAL emBODYments (2)

Sage Ni’Ja Whitson


Alicia Díaz Concepción


Marielys Lely Burgos Meléndez

3:00pm – 4:30pm
December 6, 2022

[Virtual] Studies Project: DECOLONIAL emBODYments (2)

Conceived and moderated by
2021-2023 MR Artist-in-Residence
Marielys Burgos Meléndez.

This event is FREE. RSVP is required

Note: There are two opportunities to join this conversation. The dates and times are listed below. Sign up for both or one as it fits your interest. Conversations take place on Eastern Standard Time.

November 29, 2022 from 6:30-8pm EST
invited artists: devynn emory & Anito Gavino/Malayarowks

December 6, 2022 from 3-4:30pm EST
invited artists: Sage Ni´Ja Whitson and Alícia Diaz Concepción



DECOLONIAL emBODYments is an oral history exercise in the form of public conversations with experimental dance & body-based makers whose life/practices explore, center, and uplift their own ancestral roots -African and/or Indigenous-. Framing history-making as a collective embodied and plurinarrative endeavor contribute to the tapestry of counterhegemonic knowledge production strategies.

What will happen during the Studies Project?

Aligned with critical pedagogies of liberation, this conversation is crafted as a circle not as a unidirectional information repository or lecture (see Paulo Freire's work). We will engage in a somatic meditation to acknowledge the land we are currently on and those we call homes and invite our ancestors into the space before engaging in the conversation. Questions will be asked to the invited artists and BIPOC attendees are welcome to answer and engage as time allows. Please note, this work is tailored as Sacred Scholarship, our stories, and experiences as BIPOCs are living histories.

General Participation Guidelines

This project focuses on and highlights the experiences, narratives, processes, and work of Black, Indigenous, Asian, (Afro)Latinx, and other People of Color.

1. The space is open to the general public.

2. Attendees who identify as BIPOC experimental artists are welcome to enter the circle and participate in the conversation or ask questions.

3. If you DO NOT identify as a BIPOC artist, the researcher requests that you witness the conversation with reverence and refrain from active participation. If you are unable to do this, please refrain from attending. The researcher welcomes your input in the form of email or conversations outside this space.

Readings for your consideration:

Participants are not expected to have read this material and are welcome to add more resources to this list:

Accessibility Note

-This is mostly and auditive and conversational experience.
-Automated closed captioning will be available for all Zoom workshops and classes.
-For access requests and questions, please contact us at [email protected], subject line: Studies Project.

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