The Hemispheric Institute's focus on embodied practice requires both methodological and technological innovation. Through our Digital Books initiative, which utilizes both the Scalar and Tome publication platforms, we seek to create media-rich scholarly publications in order to produce and disseminate knowledge across geographic, linguistic, disciplinary, and mediatic borders. Staging a unique intervention in the field of academic publishing, Digital Books allows authors to utilize not only images and video, but also multilingual subtitles, maps and geotags, audio recordings, slideshows, and photo-essays, alongside other interactive features. Whether solo-authored, collaboratively written, or compiled as an edited volume, this critical initiative invites scholars, artists, activists, and students to explore the expansive possibilities of digital publishing in a hemispheric context.
- Tome is an online authoring tool that facilitates long-form publishing in an immersive, media-rich environment. Built on the WordPress framework and in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute, Tome features a suite of custom plugins that empowers scholars, students, and artists to create innovative born-digital work. Recent Tome publications include El Ciervo Encantado: An Altar in the Mangroves (Lillian Manzor and Jaime Gómez Triana), Art, Migration, and Human Rights: A collaborative dossier by artists, scholars, and activists on the issue of migration in southern Mexico, Villa Grimaldi (Diana Taylor), and six gestures (peter kulchyski).
- Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. Scalar also gives authors tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. The platform also supports collaborative authoring and reader commentary.
Resistant Strategies (forthcoming)
This Scalar digital book focuses on historical and contemporary Mayan strategies of resistance and their impact on the work of artists and activists in Mexico and beyond. It explores how strategies of resistance that date back at least five hundred years in the Americas continue to retain their power to contest, persuade, and energize. Some strategies travel—they extend beyond the time and place of their emergence. They are taken up by others and transformed to address new issues. They form their own genealogy of performance, visual, and discursive practice. The contributions to this edited volume build upon various resistant acts that have deep historical and artistic roots in southern Mexico, and traces how these acts and traditions expand outwards, operating across the Mayan diaspora.
Dancing with the Zapatistas brings together scholars, artists, journalists, and activists to respond to the continuing work of the Zapatistas, twenty years after their insurrection in 1994. Published by Duke University Press and available through Scalar, this multimedia digital book includes both written and photo essays, interviews, and spoken word and theatrical performances that offer insight into the programs, strategies, artistic practices, and celebrations of the Zapatistas. An exceptionally rich visual resource, it demonstrates how Mayan thought and an ongoing political commitment to resistance permeate the daily life of the Zapatistas—from the ways in which their languages configure collective identity, to how music affirms their conception of history. Dancing with the Zapatistas also considers how the Zapatistas work with those outside of their movement, while also tracing the ways in which they have profoundly influenced the practices of both activists and artists across the Americas. Content available in English.
This multimedia digital book––published by Duke University Press and available through Scalar––asks 30 leading scholars from seven different countries throughout the Americas the same question: What is performance studies? Their answers are available here, recorded in video interviews and accompanied by short essays. The contents are transcribed, translated, and subtitled in three languages––offering a truly diverse perspective on performance studies that engages it from a variety of national, linguistic, and disciplinary locations. Diana Taylor and Marcos Steuernagel’s written introduction provides both a history and an overview of the project, while four brief essays by Steuernagel, Taylor, Marcela A. Fuentes, and Tavia Nyong’o offer critical entry points to the interviews from different yet complementary perspectives. What Is Performance Studies? thus expands the genealogy of the field while opening new paths for thinking through, in, and with performance studies across the Americas. Content in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.