Collection Title: Interview series : What is performance studies?
Title: Interview with Tavia Nyong'o
Alternate Title: Tavia Nyong'o
Date: 2007 Oct. 3
Location: Filmed in New York, NY, on October 3, 2007.
Work Type: Interview.
Credits:
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer.
Cast/Performers:
Tavia Nyong'o, interviewee ; Diana Taylor, interviewer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:03:45
Language: English
Synopsis: Interview with Tavia Nyong'o, conducted by Diana Taylor, founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. This interview is a part of a series curated by the Hemispheric Institute, articulated around the question 'What is Performance Studies?' The series aims to provide a multifaceted approach to the often difficult task of defining the coordinates of both a field of academic study as well as a lens through which to assess and document cultural practice and embodied behavior. The contingent definitions documented in this series are based on the groundbreaking experiences and the scholarly endeavors of renowned figures in contemporary performance studies and practice.Tavia Nyong'o is a cultural historian with a focus on racial formation in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has taught courses on black performance, on cultural hybridity, on the history of the body, and on subcultural performance. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and has published reviews and essays in Social Text, Theatre Journal, GLQ, TDR, and Women and Performance. His forthcoming book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Antebellum Genealogies of the Hybrid Future, investigates how cultural performances of gender and sexuality in the first half of the nineteenth century staged fears and anticipations of a racially hybrid nation to come. Major Interests include performance in the black diaspora, cultural studies, queer and feminist theory, the nineteenth-century, history and memory.
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