emisférica is the Hemispheric Institute’s peer-reviewed, online, trilingual scholarly journal. Published biannually, journal issues focus on specific areas of inquiry in the study of performance and politics in the Americas. The journal publishes academic essays, multimedia artist presentations, activist interventions, and translations, as well as book, performance, and film reviews. Its languages are English, Spanish, and Portuguese....
Our dossiers are organized around a given theme and feature short texts, interviews, artworks, poetry, and video.
We publish invited essays, essays submitted through our open calls, and translations of significant previously published works.
We review books, films, and performances from throughout the Americas
Multimedios are digital modules that feature the work of individual artists, artist collectives, curatorial projects, and activists movements. These video and photography, interviews, catalogue texts, essays, and critical reviews.
This issue investigates expulsion, and the technologies of citizenship and non-citizenship through which the state and capital create and extract value from expellable populations.
This issue maps the changing intersections of religion, subjectivity, and the State in the wake of neoliberal regimes across the Americas.
Rasanblaj, n. assembly, compilation, enlisting, regrouping (of ideas, things, people, spirits). This is an emisférica double issue.
This issue looks at the discontinuities, breaks, and unravelings that signal the decolonial, exploring the power and epistemology of colonialism and its legacies in the present.
This issue investigates global strategies and tactics of dissidence against dominant state regimes and economic orders, engaging with theories of dissidence and modes of standing apart within the Americas and beyond.
Through the prism of biopolitics, this issue investigates the notion of species and modes of domination, governance, and antagonism based on claims to biological life.
This double issue looks at archives as calls to action. Rather than stable repositories, archives here are imagined as acts and practices in transit that mobilize different media and are mobilized by them.
This issue examines the logics, geographies, and grammars of narco-trafficking as an elusive yet ubiquitous social formation that we name the “narco-machine.”
Focused on performance art in Latino/a America, this issue explores how non-objectual actions compose forms of relation, critique, and abstraction in the domains of politics and the social.
This issue examines the changing shape and status of “truth” in the neoliberal aftermaths of both official and unofficial transitional justice projects in the Americas and beyond.
This issue investigates the conjuncture of performance and the visual, exploring when and how performance may unsettle the relationship between visual representation and social reproduction, and thus open new ways of seeing.
This issue explores relations between culture, rights, and institutions, analyzing the discourse of “cultural rights,” the ways that performance functions as a vehicle for claiming such rights, and institutional agency in relation to the law, citizenship, the museum, the university, and more.
Through a focus on “contagion,” this issue explores the enactment of social, aesthetic, and political formations of the social body when threatened or transformed by the presence of an/other.
This issue examines the relationship between race and performance in the Americas, focusing on the ways in which different racial formations are transformed as they come into contact and conflict.
As the movement of people across national borders intensifies, religious practices become increasingly mobile, turning virgins, saints and other devotional figures into migrants.
This issue examines the centrality of body politics in the production and reproduction of inequalities, focusing on the dynamics of visibility and invisibility and on the struggles of those deemed expendable.
The realm of affect has long been and continues to be constitutive of the relationship between politics and the body: of forms of government and socio-historical forms of subjectivity.
Borders are everywhere. They divide us and allow us to come together. They mark our territories, our bodies, and our speech. They are real and imagined, porous and hard, visible and invisible, but above all political.
To embody the letter of the law is to make habit of iterating its text through actions. Through distinct rituals, law is repeated, reinforced, implemented, avoided, enacted, dictated, and broken.
How does the subject gain agency by performing a sexuality that subverts normative regulations? What forms of political violence are exerted on the sexed body?
Indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists examine the use of performance as a gesture against the erasure of Indigenous presence in the Americas.
Focusing on the intimate relationship between performance and democracy, this issue examines the performative practices and strategies of social movements across the Americas.