Current Topics in Dance Research - Embodied Ologies: Presentation by SA Smythe

Updated 2/5/20

UCR Department of Dance

Current Topics in Dance Research Colloquium Series:
Embodied Ologies

A gathering place for the radical Queer imaginaries of Black Trans and Nonbinary Artists. Here, we centralize a Futurity that requires the lives and leadership of Black Trans and Nonbinary peoples. We propose dangerous making to combat dangerously violent anti-trans cultures, while traversing the Spiritual, empowered, speculative and mysterious of embodied intelligences and aligned creative practices.

Coordinated by Ni’Ja Whitson, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance

SA Smythe, UCLA Department of African American Studies
Can I Get a Witness? Black Feminism, Trans Embodiment, and Thriving Past the Fault Lines of Care
Intracommunity harms and living into Black feminist principles with and for Black trans/nonbinary peoples.
February 11, 2020
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 pm
Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Free and open to the campus

Dr. SA Smythe (they/them) is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Black European cultural studies and Black trans poetics in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA. Smythe is deeply invested in nonbinary approaches to the coalitional project and futures of Black life and Black studies, everywhere. They are a published and performing poet and an activist involved in queer trans Black and abolitionist poetry collectives in London, Bologna, Berlin, and Los Angeles. Smythe is currently completing a monograph titled Where Blackness Meets the Sea: On Crisis, Culture, and the Black Mediterranean and a collection of poetry, titled proclivity, which meditates on trans embodiment, emancipation, and a familial history of migration. They are also editing the forthcoming volume, Troubling the Grounds: Global Configurations of Blackness, Nativism, and Indigeneity, a special issue of Postmodern Culture.  


Support provided by Blackness Unbound – Critical Black Diaspora Studies, a Faculty Commons Working Group at the Center for Ideas and Society

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Find the 2019-2020 Season here

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Arts Building, Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

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Arts, Dance, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students



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