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Coffee and Concepts: Seattle amongst Avant-Garde Geographies
WhenFriday, Nov. 22, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
Campus locationHutchinson Hall (HUT)
Campus room154
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsCenter for Performance Studies
Target AudienceAcademics and non-academics interested in performance

The Center for Performance Studies is glad to announce that the performance ethnographer Jasmine Mahmood, from Seattle University, will present her current research in the Coffee and Concepts Series.

Dr. Mahmoud's talk "Seattle amongst Avant-Garde Geographies" considers the role of Seattle within her book project, Avant-Garde Geographies: Race, Austerity, and Experimentation in the Urban Frontier. The book investigates the trend of experimental theater and performance practices making (and taking) space in urban margins in New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle. It examines how, from 2001 to 2017, many practitioners of avant-garde theater, performance art, social practice, and experimental dance moved into urban margins often called frontiers, and interacted with pre-and-post-collapse political economies, austere policy, and processes of urbanization and racialization including gentrification, erasure/displacement, and “renewal.”

We look forward to seeing all of you on Nov. 22.

Questions? Contact: Stefka Mihaylova, 773-587-8805,

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