This issue examines the relationship between race and performance in the Americas, focusing on the ways in which the different racial formations are transformed as they come into contact and conflict.
As the movement of people across national borders intensifies, religious practices become increasingly mobile, turning virgins, saints and other devotional figures into migrants.
This issue examines the centrality of body politics in the production and reproduction of inequalities, focusing on the dynamics of visibility and invisibility and on the struggles of those deemed expendable.
The realm of affect has long been and continues to be constitutive of the relationship between politics and the body: of forms of government and socio-historical forms of subjectivity.
Borders are everywhere. They divide us and allow us to come together. They mark our territories, our bodies, and our speech. They are real and imagined, porous and hard, visible and invisible, but above all political.
To embody the letter of the law is to make habit of iterating its text through actions. Through distinct rituals, law is repeated, reinforced, implemented, avoided, enacted, dictated, and broken.
How does the subject gain agency by performing a sexuality that subverts normative regulations? What forms of political violence are exerted on the sexed body?
Indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists examine the use of performance as a gesture against the erasure of Indigenous presence in the Americas.
Focusing on the intimate relationship between performance and democracy, this issue examines the performative practices and strategies of social movements across the Americas.