Joo Ok Kim, American Studies

Joshua Miner, Film & Media Studies

Chris Perreira, American Studies


funded Fall 2015

Trans/forming Activist Media in the Americas brings together an interdisciplinary group of media producers and scholars to explore how current activist movements in the Americas are transformed by migrations of people and ideas across new media forms and modalities.

Events will include a weeklong transmedia exhibition of activist works, with evening screenings and discussions with local activists and scholars. The TAMA exhibit and screenings will feature works by both KU and Haskell faculty and students. A symposium on Friday and Saturday will feature roundtable discussions between artists, activists, and scholars from across North America and the Lawrence–KC area; art/media workshops and performances by Bocafloja, Gregg Deal, Kai Barrow, Tanaya Winder; and a keynote by Maurice Rafael Magaña (University of Arizona) followed by a closing reception on Saturday evening.

The film/media exhibition and symposium, convened by KU faculty Joo Ok Kim (AMS), Joshua Miner (FMS), Christopher Perreira (AMS), and Magalí Rabasa from Lewis & Clark College, is a Commons Starter Grant Project, co-sponsored by the Center for Migration Research.


5:00pm Wednesday, October 26 | The Commons
FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: Indigenous Environmental Sovereignty and Corporate Energy Development
with Stephanie Fitzgerald, Shereena Baker, Daniel Wildcat

5:00pm Thursday, October 27 | The Commons
FILM SCREENING, READING, & DISCUSSION: Activist Responses to Violence Against Indigenous Women
with Sierra Two Bulls, Melissa Holder, Professor, Haskell Indian Nations University

4:00pm Friday, October 28 | The Commons
ROUNDTABLE: Re/Generation of Activist Media Communities in the Americas
with Robert Warrior, Timothy Robbins, Dave Roediger, and Betsy Esch

5:30pm Friday, October 28 | The Commons
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING & SPOKEN WORD SET: Nana dijo: Irresolute Rediography of Black Consciousness
with Bocafloja

10:00am Saturday, October 29 | The Commons
with Gregg Deal

11:15am Saturday, October 29 | The Commons
INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION:[b]REACH: The Fugitive Chronicles [open rehearsal #2]
with Kai Barrow

2:00pm Saturday, October 29 | The Commons
ROUNDTABLE: Transmedial Strategies in Current Activism
with Gregg Deal, Bocafloja, Kai Barrow, Victoria Perdomo, and Susy Chávez

3:45pm Saturday, October 29 | The Commons
KEYNOTE: Youth Artists and the Radical Imagination of the Oaxacan Social Movement of 2006
with Maurice Rafael Magaña

5:30-7:30pm Saturday, October 29 | Bird Dog Bar, Oread Hotel
free food; cash bar