The Minoritarian Performance Research Cluster (MPRC) investigates embodied and minoritized knowledge production (including Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian Diasporic, Queer of Color, Trans, Decolonial, Differently-Abled, and Carceral) often excluded from academic archives. The cluster’s name draws from José Esteban Muñoz’s theorizations of minoritarian performance as “transport[ing] us across symbolic space, inserting us in a coterminous time when we witness new formations within the present and the future.”
This research cluster provides a collaborative and communitarian inquiry through sharing research, pedagogy, and practice, participating in embodied workshops, attending performances, and hosting guest scholars and artists. The cluster brings together scholars across our campuses to think about archives, theories, methods, repertoires, and practices of minoritarian performance to understand, interrogate, and amplify those undervalued ways of knowing.
Image by Jasmine Mahmoud, taken of a performance of "Revenge Song" by Qui Nguyen at the 2022 Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
On May 6, the Simpson Center was graced with the presence and wisdom of Native American activist and citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation Yvonne Wanrow (now Yvonne Swan) and University of New Mexico Assistant Professor...