2012-2013 Events

2012-2013: RACE & AFFECT

Director: Dr. Stephanie Batiste

RA: Alison Reed

This year, Hemispheric South/s hosted the third installment of “Bodies in Space,” a UC-wide Guerrilla-Style Performance Theory Graduate Conference, led by LA-based performance artist Karen Anzoategui. The initiative has also brought in or co-sponsored numerous guest speakers and performers, including but not limited to Diana Taylor, Xavier Livermon, Brandi Wilkins Catanese, and Rickerby Hinds.

Check out more information for each listing by clicking on the event title — the link will take you to our event archive.

Sponsored Events:


Thursday and Friday December 6-7, 2012, Hip Hop Theater Artist Rickerby Hinds visited our campus. He spoke at a lower division lecture in English and Black Studies, presented his full-length play Dreamscape featuring 2 hip hop artists, facilitated two workshop sessions to which UCSB community members were invited as participants and audience members, and spoke at a graduate seminar in Theater and Dance. You may read an excellent review by PhD Candidate Amanda Phillips here. A schedule is also included below:

Thursday December 6, 2012

12:30pm :: English/Black Studies 38B, Professor Stephanie Batiste

8pm :: Performance of Dreamscape written and directed by Professor Hinds (Girvertz 1004)

Friday, December 7, 2012

11-1 pm :: Hip Hop Theater Workshop with playwright and director, Professor Rickerby Hinds, UCR (GIRV 1004)

2-3 pm :: Hip Hop Theater Workshop with Professor Hinds featuring Stacks of Obits by Stephanie Batiste (SRB Multipurpose Room)

4:30pm :: Adaptation, Professor Carlos Morton, Theater and Dance



Transpacifics Roundtable: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Hosted by the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative, Friday, January 18, 2013 from 12:00-12:50pm in SH 2635.

There is a critical mass of scholarship around the Pacific and its rims in the English Department at UC Santa Barbara, as the following global studies oriented classes were offered this Winter Quarter 2013:

Anne Cong-Huyen – “The Literature and Media of Asian American Transnationalisms”

Yunte Huang – “Transpacific Literature”

Chris Newfield – “Global California”

The Transpacifics Roundtable brought together these departmental interests to think critically about Asian/American Transnationalisms in a global context. The Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative thus seeks to promote and sustain the synergy and verve around teaching and research in race, ethnicity, and transnational flows of bodies, capital, and ideas by fostering ongoing collegial conversation across campus.



The Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative and the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center collaboratively presented “Duplicitous Inclusions: Race and Subject of Nation” from 1:00-4:00pm on Friday, March 8, 2013 in SH 1415.

Featuring the following speakers:

Xavier Livermon, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Wayne State University

“Kwaito Bodies in African Diaspora Space: Race, Gender, and Performance in Post-Apartheid South Africa”

Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor, African American Studies & Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley

“Racial Ventriloquism and the Problems of the Colorblind”


Our third annual ::Bodies in Space:: Guerrilla-Style Graduate Conference took place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10am-6pm in the McCune Conference Room at UC Santa Barbara. ::Bodies in Space:: is a unique conference that assembles a small group of graduate scholars interested in working through performance to investigate how our various disciplines think through the racialization and spacialization of bodies. Using embodiment as both a way of knowing and as a way of showing, participants work in small groups to engage in a one-day experimental session to theorize these questions with regard to our theme of listening.

The Format:
This year’s conference format differed from prior years, in that performance artist Karen Anzoategui led us in a day of intensive performance exercises centered on the theme of listening, after which we created an impromptu collaborative performance on the theme. Karen is a writer/poet/artivist/performer whose work has been showcased nationally. Her most recognized work, Ser: L.A. vs. B.A. (finalist in the prestigious Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York) is a solo play that was inspired by protests on immigration in Los Angeles and social manifestations in Argentina including Las Madres de La Plaza de Mayo, Los descamisados and from the economic default of 2001. Karen’s current solo show, Catholic School Daze, speaks about Catholicism and bullying within LGBTQI communities.

Co-sponsored Events:


The Politics of Passion: Activists Take To The Streets In Mexico

Diana Taylor (Performance Studies/Spanish, NYU)
Wednesday, April 17 / 3:30PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB


Tommy and the Hip-Hop Clowns

April 20, 11 am

Dance Performance/MCC Theater

Tommy the Clown began dancing as a way to motivate and inspire youth to stay on a positive track. Now he and his dance crew, the Hip-Hop Clowns, tour the world exciting audiences with a high energy street dance known as krumping. Join us for this incredible and interactive dance performance. Co-sponsored by the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative; Isla Vista/UCSB Liaison; the MultiCultural Center; and the UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  1. VIETNAMERICA: Drawing Our Past to Write Our Future – GB Tran

Monday, January 28, 6:30 pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

GB Tran, author and illustrator of the graphic memoir VIETNAMERICA, shares the journey of discovering his roots and identity as a first generation Asian American artist. Selected by TIME Entertainment as one of the top 10 graphic memoirs of all time, VIETNAMERICA details his family story of trauma, tragedy, and triumph during and after the Vietnam War as well as GB’s own unexpected search to preserve their legacy in a unique and complex art form. Co-sponsored by the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, the Asian American Studies Department, the Asian Resource Center Educational Opportunity Program, the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative and the Transcriptions Center.