Unsettling the Americas: Radical Hospitalities and Intimate Geographies:
Hemispheric Institute 5th Graduate Student Initiative Convergence Conference

at Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS Festival, presented in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts

Where: Ada Slaight Hall, at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto
When: October 5-7, 2:00-5:30pm

About the Convergence: 

Unsettling the Americas: Radical Hospitalities and Intimate Geographies, offers three days of conversations and performances reflecting on histories of settlement, displacement, and resettlement throughout the Americas. Whereas the term “hospitality" invokes a series of guest-host and mover-stayer relations centred on solicited encounters, "radical hospitalities” propose an ethics of gathering and imply a new way of being together that can be both utopic and politically generative. The conference will ask: How do we enact and contest the intimate frontiers of coloniality through performance? What it means to host and to be hosted in colonized spaces? How might performative practices of gathering and welcoming oppose growing isolationist and nationalist movements? 

We have assembled a dynamic group of artists, activists, and scholars to address these timely questions, including: Dylan Robinson, Benvenuto Chavajay, Cheryl Angel; Lisa Stevenson, Farrah Miranda, Ali Kazimi, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Jasmin Zine. The conference and festival will feature a talk and photo exhibition by Mexican photojournalist Moysés Zúñiga Santiago (whose photos follow Central Americans on the migrant trail from Mexico to the US); a staged reading presented by Climate Change Theatre Action 2017; and a cabaret curated by the Hemi Convergence (with performers Beth Nixon, Minah Lee, Megan Johnson, Geneva Foster Gluck, OrgyPUNK, MC Stephen Lawson, and DJ Firecracker).

A full schedule of public conference programming, as well as CAMINOS performances and late night cabarets, can be accessed on the CAMINOS websiteAll conference plenary sessions and late night cabarets are free and open to the pubic. Prompt arrival is recommended as space is limited in the venue. Tickets are on sale for the performances at CAMINOS — an exciting festival of new works by Pan-American, Indigenous, and Latinx artists! (Working groups are closed sessions, as participants were selected through open call.)



Unsettling the Americas: Radical Hospitalities and Intimate Geographies is made possible by the generous support of Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics; Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas; Aluna Theatre; Native Earth Performing Arts; York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design; the Performance Studies (Canada) Project; Climate Change Theatre Action (Canada 150 @ York); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; The Photography of Global Migration study (Western University); Canadian Theatre Review.