The Hemispheric Institute's focus on embodied practice requires innovative methodologies for dissemination. We are actively exploring a range of publications that span from traditional print media, to born-digital projects and hybrid models.

Web Books

SCALAR is an authoring and publishing platform designed to facilitate the production of long-form scholarly publications online. Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar enables users to assemble media clips and images from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing, giving authors tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including more recursive and non-linear formats.

HemiPress is a WordPress theme and collection of custom plug-ins develop for the Hemipsheric Institute which functions as a responsive interface for scholarly publication. HemiPress allows for the creation of immersive scholarly environments that capture the quality of the “live” so central to the study of performance. The platform also offers multiple interactive entry points. Using a custom google map plug-in, for example, HemiPress allows readers to move through a location discussed in the text. The first book developed on HemiPress was Six Gestures, an ethnography of the Inuit of Cumberland Sound by professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, Peter Kulchyski. The book includes a geo-location feature, full screen photo and video display and other functionalities.

Web cuadernos are on-line curations of multimedia materials focused on particular topics or bodies of work relating to performance and politics in the Americas. They contain combinations of photos, videos, texts, hyperlinks, bibliographies, and audio recordings, each piece gathered to explore a specific topic. The collections are based on a loose scaffolding or outline designed to make connections between disciplines, to serve as a research resource for artists and scholars, and to solicit exchange and additional materials. Each cuaderno is a work in progress. We invite our on-line community to add to our existing cuadernos by suggesting hyperlinks and/or original materials.


e-misférica is the Hemispheric Institute’s peer-reviewed, online, trilingual scholarly journal. Published biannually, journal issues focus on specific areas of inquiry in the broader field of performance and politics in the Americas. The journal publishes academic essays, multimedia artist presentations, activist interventions, translations, as well as book, performance and film reviews. Its languages are English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


The Institute has sponsored single-author and edited volumes, such as Performing Religion in the Americas: Media, Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st Century (Sea Gull), the result of a work group; and Cuerpos Políticos, a photography book developed out of an Encuentro exhibit. We also support publications that break new ground, such as Teorías de Performance (Fondo de Cultura Económica), the first performance studies reader in Spanish. Additionally, we are experimenting with various hybrid publication formats. Books such as Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform (Duke UP) and Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance (Michigan UP), combine a traditional print format with an online companion that makes a variety of digital resources available to readers.