Scholar – Events
The Centre for Gender Studies and Diversity at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz invites Layla Zami & Oxana Chi in the realm of the lecture series Aktion(s)kunst with the lecture-performance Killjoy, preceded by a talk on Sonic Interventions.
Theater im Palais
December 15, 2023
Intervening Arts at ICI
Zami curates and participates in a session with performative contributions and a panel discussion, as part of the annual conference of the collaborative research centre Intervening Arts (SFB 1512) on "Dynamics of the Intransitive: Undirected Interventions", held in cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin.
ICI & Pfefferberg Haus 13
Schönhauser Allee 176, 10119 Berlin
November 10-11, 2023
Dr. Zami is invited to give a book talk at the Barnard College Department of Dance. The session moderated by Professor Paul Scolieri, and co-facilitated with Oxana Chi will also include a performance with movement by Chi and live-music by Zami.
Barnard College / Columbia University
New York City
October 5, 2023
Imagining Future Coexistence
The conference imagining future coexistence: dramaturgy & choreography as aesthetic and social practices is organized by FU Berlin in cooperation with Tanznacht Berlin at the Uferstudios. Dr. Layla Zami and Oxana Chi are invited to present and perform at the session on "Challenging Methodologies: Critical Fiction and Ethnography". The session also includes a panel discussion with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kirsten Maar.
September 08, 2023
Peace Summer School
Upon invitation by Augsburg University, Oxana Chi and Dr. Layla Zami facilitate a daylong workshop for the Peace Summer School 2023. The summer school is held in the realm of the Augsburger Hohen Friedensfest, a peace celebration held annually in the South of Germany since 1650. The workshop blends theory and practice to reflect upon the intersection of art, transformation, and conflict / peace studies.
July 21-23, 2023
Cultural Diversity in Film and Theater
Lecture-performance by Oxana Chi and Dr. Layla Zami: I Step On Air / Performing Plural Voices and Decolonial Storytelling for a Diverse Society. The session is part of a seminar sponsored by the Initiative Integration of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, entitled Reflections of Migration and Cultural Diversity in Films and Theatre: Can Cinema and Theatre tell the sideline stories?
For registered participants only
June 30 - July 02, 2023
Keynote at HKW Berlin
Dr. Zami is invited to hold a collaborative keynote on The Sonic Vernacular: Blackness, Sound and Fugitivity, in a call-and-response format with Prof. David Scott (Columbia University). The audience takes a journey through sonic landscapes of the African diaspora to reflect on their ties to the Black radical tradition. The event is part of the festival and research project O Quilombismo. Of Resisting and Insisting, opened in June 2023 in the realm of Haus der Kulturen der Welt reopening season.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
June 9, 2023
Upon invitation by Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Dr. Zami will present a paper at the Conference "Translation and the Archive: Performance, Practice, Negotiation". This international and interdisciplinary symposium is devoted to an exploration of the interdependency of archives or repositories of memory and their translation.
June 1, 2023
Dr. Layla Zami is invited to participate in a panel on memory and queer culture as part of the event Ausgelöscht. Verloren. Wiederentdeckt. (Erased. Lost. Found.), which commemorates the destruction of the Magnus Hirschfeld Institute in 1933.
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 8, 10117 Berlin
May 10, 2023
Jewish Cultural History
Dr. Layla Zami is invited to give a lecture-performance with Oxana Chi in the realm of a lecture series on "Intervening Arts in Jewish cultural history". The series is organized by the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies in Berlin in cooperation with the CRC 1512 on Intervening Arts.
Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Hörsaal 1A
May 02, 2023
Poetics of Activism
Dr. Layla Zami will be in conversation with artist Nandita Kumar (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program) about her projects at the intersection of sonic and ecological interventions. The event is organized by the CRC on Intervening Arts in cooperation with Cinepoetics – Center for Advanced Film Studies and ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften. Layla Zami curated the morning sessions (Talk 1 & 2).
February 08, 2023
A listening session and conversation with live sound art, poetry and saxophone. Featuring Romi Morrison (artist and PhD candidate at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC in Los Angeles), Jumoke Adeyanju (poet, sound artist and founder of the Poetry Meets series) and Layla Zami. The event Quiet (as) Intervention is curated by Dr. Zami for the Collaborative Research Center on Intervening Arts (FU Berlin) in cooperation with SAVVY Contemporary.
December 04, 2022
Minor Cosmopolitan Assembly
Centered on the concept and practice of assembly as a gathering of heterogeneous entities, the event brings together a series of academic, artistic, and activist interventions across disciplines, with an attention to the core values of conviviality, geopolitical decentering, and social commitment of the research training group minor cosmopolitanisms. In the session Listening for Black Feminism, Dr. Zami will exchange with Romi Ron Morrison in a call and response structure exploring the conversation as mixtape format.
silent green Kulturquartier, Berlin
November 12, 2022
Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung
Dr. Zami and Oxana Chi present a collaborative lecture-performance at the symposium on Re-Routing Routines organized jointly by the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (Society for Dance Research) and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) in Frankfurt, Germany.
HfMDK, Frankfurt am Main
November 04-06, 2022
Keynote Speaker at SOCARE 2022
Dr. Layla Zami is delighted to be a keynote speaker at the Society of Caribbean Research (SOCARE) 2022 Symposium dedicated to the topic Whose Voice?
Power, Knowledge and Positionality in Caribbean Studies.
The presentation reflects on recent collaborative research on Black Feminist Studies in the Americas and the Caribbean as part of an editorial collective initiated by Conor Tomás Reed, and also including Makeba Lavan, Diarenis Calderón Tartabull, Violeta Orozco Barrera, and Tito Mitjans Alayón. Zami also invited Martinican artist Valérie John to speak and be in conversation about her powerful art as part of the keynote.
October 22, 2022
Memory Studies Association
Dr. Zami is invited to participate in a roundtable on "Performative Returns" organized by the Memory Studies Association's Performance and Memory Working Group. The scholars will be in conversation with each other and with the audience about questions at the intersection of memory and history, archival pasts and presents, autobiography and ethnography, and research and/as creative practice.
July 11, 2022
9-11am (US Eastern time)
Online via Zoom
The Latin American Philosophy of Education Society hosts an international symposium on "Pedagogías Feministas: Movements, Solidarity, and Disobedience for New Worlds". Dr. Zami presents as part of a collaborative presentation with the editorial collective of the upcoming anthology Black Feminist Studies in the Americas and the Caribbean. She shares thoughts on feminist legacies in Martinique and the USA, decolonial archival research and counterhegemonic voices.
June 3 - 4, 2022
In-person at University of Washington and online
Invited Talk at Freie Universität Berlin
In the realm of the hybrid symposium on "Undoing Mastery in Science & Practice" organized by the research working group Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. Zami will give an invited virtual talk on her concept of perforMemory.
February 25 & 26, 2022
Refugio Berlin (Conference Room) & Online via Zoom
Workshop for Black Ourstory Month Berlin
Upon invitation by EOTO (Each One Teach One) e.V., Layla Zami will co-facilitate a virtual workshop and "safe space" exchange in the realm of the series Black Ourstory Month. The session will focus on the interrelations between antisemitism and anti-Black racism.
Thur, Feb 17 2022
6pm (Central European Time)
Workshop for art and design students in Martinique
Together with Oxana Chi, Layla Zami facilitates a writing, methodology and movement workshop at the intersection of research and artistic practice for undergraduate students in space design and graphic design.
Lycée Victor Anicet, School of Digital, Design & Arts, Saint-Pierre, Martinique
January 25, 2022
Lecture-Performance by Dr. Layla Zami & Oxana Chi
Including a presentation of Layla Zami's book Contemporary PerforMemory
La Maison Rouge: Maison des Arts.
January 7, 2022
Invited Talk at Davidson College
Together with Oxana Chi, Layla Zami was an invited guest in the Black German Art & Resistance seminar at Davidson College, in the realm of the All Black Lives Matter series organized by the Black German Heritage & Research Association with funding from the Dean Rusk International Program.
November 9, 2021
DSA Annual Conference
Layla Zami presents her book Contemporary PerforMemory at the 5th Annual Conference of the Dance Studies Association on “Galvanizing Dance Studies”.
October 16, 2021
Invited to present a keynote talk at the IN*VISION Seminar Festival, 5th Edition centered on erinnern.intersektional.gestalten (shaping memory intersectionally) held in Brandenburg, Germany.
September 12, 2021
Fall Forum 2021: Pedagogies of Reparation and Rebuilding
The Forum will gather members of the Pratt community for two days of discussion aimed at expanding notions of education and equity. Layla Zami, joined by a former student, presents on the topic: Facilitating A Future-Building Pedagogy.
September 24 & 25, 2021
Reading & Discussion Series
A Reading & Discussion series on The Civically Engaged Reader: A Diverse Collection of Short Provocative Readings on Civic Activity. Facilitated by
Layla Zami for The International Human Rights Art Festival. Sponsored by a Humanities NY R&D Grant.
Free & Open to all (via Zoom), registration required.
September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, 2021
Presenting at NAFSA
The Creative Industry Meeting Interest Group invited me to present my book Contemporary PerforMemory at the International Association of Educators.
June 15, 2021
Presenting at The New School
Presenting a paper in the panel "Technologies of Memory through the Lens of Performance", as part of the Memory Studies Group at the New School for Social Research's Annual Conference. The topic of the 2021 conference is Suspended Present: Downloading the Past and Gaming the Future in a Time of Pandemic.
The New School, New York
April 21-23, 2021 [online via Zoom]
Book Launch Event (online)
A virtual event celebrating the new publication Contemporary PerforMemory, featuring the author Layla Zami, and two guest artists discussed in the book: Oxana Chi and Wan-Chao Chang. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Nadine George-Graves, Chair of Dance at OSU.
Pratt Institute, in partnership with The Ohio State University (OSU) "Community Conversation Series"
Tue March 16, 2021
at 2.15pm (US Eastern time)
Presenting at the Postmemory Conference
Dr. Layla Zami will be presenting her new book Contemporary PerforMemory at the 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference on "Postmemory and the Contemporary World"
25 & 26 February 2021
Podcast in the Diaspora Europa Series
Curator Shelly Kupferberg talks with choreographer and dancer Oxana Chi and interdisciplinary scholar and artist Dr. Layla Zami in the realm of
the Diaspora Europa series at Volksbühne Berlin.
(In German, available from 27.01.2021 onwards)
In the realm of the exhibition Lila wunder 1920-2020, Oxana Chi & Layla Zami present a lecture-performance dedicated to Claude Cahun. The event will happen online via Zoom due to the current situation.
Queeres Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany
Friday, December 4, 2020
7 pm (Central European Time)
Open Arts LES Festival
A film screening and discussion around the project Dancing Through Gardens
With Oxana Chi & Dr. Layla Zami
Performance Project @ University Settlement (via Zoom and FB live)
October 9, 2020
1 pm (Eastern Time)
Invited Speaker at MMC
The Department of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College organizes the annual lecture series, Dialogues in Dance to further the promotion and contextualization of dance in our college and the dance community at large. Upon invitation by Prof. Jens R. Giersdorf, Dr. Zami presents a talk entitled "What Does It Mean to PerforMemory?", in conjunction with Oxana Chi's dance performance excerpts Through Gardens.
Marymount Manhattan College
Monday, October 7, 2019
Invited Talk in Belgrade
Dr. Layla Zami is an invited speaker at the Ninth International Bet Debora Conference of European Jewish Women Activists, Academics, Artists, Rabbis and Cantors from 13 to 15 September 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. She will present a lecture-performance together with dancer-choreographer Oxana Chi. The performance Killjoy was originally created by Oxana Chi as a commissioned work for Prof. Dr. Lann Hornscheidt, Humboldt-University, Berlin.
Hotel Palace, Belgrade
September 13-15, 2019
Workshop at Pratt
Dr. Zami facilitates The Worlds of Words - An Empowerment Workshop for the Pratt Institute 2019 Teach-In organized by the Center for Equity and Inclusion.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Studies Project at Movement Research
Dr. Zami organizes the Studies Project «Memory Moves» at Movement Research, in cooperation with the Pratt Institute Performance and Performance Studies MFA Program. Presentations and performances given by the students enrolled in Zami’s Performing Memory course, and special guest participants Oxana Chi and Sheldon Raymore.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009
Lecture-Performance in Washington DC
Howard University's Department of Theatre and Dance and Djole Arts Association, Inc. present the Nankama African Dance Conference. The conference is a two-day engagement in African and Afro-diasporic performance scholarship and practice, organized by Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola. It will be held at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center and at the historic Ira Aldridge Theatre. Layla Zami and Oxana Chi present a lecture-performance: "To PerforMemory an Afro-European Identity: Memory and Movement in the African Diaspora" including an excerpt of I Step On Air.
February 9+10, 2019
Facilitation for Dance/NYC
Dr. Zami facilitates a group discussion at the Immigrants. Dance. Arts. Conference organized by Dance/NYC and hosted by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.
Group participants in the discussion facilitated by Layla Zami include Kayla Alperson (Lincoln Center Education), Eveline Chang-Fritsch (Montclair University), Pascal Rioult (Rioult Dance). These breakout conversations will inform a research report currently underway, aiming to serve as an advocacy tool by providing key findings and recommendations for dance makers, presenters, educators, funders, policy makers, and service providers.
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Talk and Film Screening
International Education Week
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) at Pratt Institute, in collaboration with Pratt Film Cult, presents the documentary Dancing Through Gardens, in presence of the filmmakers Oxana Chi and Layla Zami. As a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies. Dr. Zami will also talk about her current research on dance and memory.
In the realm of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
Pratt Institute, ARC building
395 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn
Light refreshments and snacks provided. Free entrance. Please bring your ID to access the Pratt campus.
November 15th, 2018
University of Ghana
African Music Scholarship in the 21st Century
The International Council for Traditional Music, a Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO presents the Symposium "African Music Scholarship in the 21st Century: Challenges and Directions", hosted by the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, Legon, August 9th – 12th 2018. Dr. Layla Zami will present a paper on Performing Arts Traditions & Transformations, followed by the live performance I Step On Air with Oxana Chi. Keynote Address by Prof. V. Kofi Agawu (Princeton University).
Efua Sutherland Drama Studio, University of Ghana
Sat, August 11th, 2018
An academic-artistic event with talks, dance, and poetry on the topic of embodied archives.
Organized by Layla Zami for the Center for Humanities at the City University of New York (Graduate Center), and co-sponsored by Columbia University (IRWGS)
Martin E. Segal Theatre
March 28th, 2018
6.30 - 8.30 pm
International Symposium organized by the University Nice Sophia Antipolis in partnership with the Cannes Dance Festival, France
Presenter "Trajectoires choréobiographiques" followed by an excerpt from Through Gardens by Oxana Chi
December 8th – 10th, 2017
Jewish Museum, Berlin
Neues Judentum – Allianzen in der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft
Guest Speaker / Panelist in the discussion "New Judaism – Alliances in a postmigration society", moderated by Dr. Alina Gromova
November 16th, 2017
Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference
Layla Zami presents a lecture-performance at the 29th Annual Conference organized by the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) in Philadelphia. The talk "Afroeuropean Dance in Time" includes a live dance performance by Oxana Chi and live saxophone by Layla Zami.
Oct 20th & 21st, 2017
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel, Philadelphia
Danspace Project NYC
Layla Zami will facilitate a talk with dancer-choreographer André M. Zachery, Director of the Renegade Performance Group (RPG). The conversation will be followed by Untamed Space, a new interdisciplinary performance about "marooning" in the 21st Century, in the realm of RPG's Afrofuturism Series.
Sept 30th, 2017
at 7 pm
American Studies Conference
Freie Universität / Humboldt University Berlin
Layla Zami is invited to open the international roundtable "Queer of Color Critique" at the conference
Race, Power, and Privilege in Academia, organized jointly by the Kennedy Institute of North American Studies (Freie Universität)
and the American Studies Department (Humboldt University).
Featuring special guest Oxana Chi with the live performance Killjoy
Venue: Grimm-Zentrum Auditorium (central lecture hall)
July 27th, 2017
at 4.45 pm
Tampere University, Finland
Sixth Biennial Network Conference on Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
Presenter "Afropean Moves: Traumatic Memory, Identity and Diasporic Dance"
July 6th - 8th 2017
Osnabrück University, Germany
Guest Speaker and Film Presentation "Dancing Through Gardens"
June 1st, 2017
Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
Gender Studies Department
Guest Speaker "Wissen Schaffen: Neue Perspektiven zwischen Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft" (New Perspectives on
Science-Making between Past, Present and Future)
including a reading on intersectionality from InterdepenDenken and a lecture-performance with Oxana Chi.
May 15th, 2017
Feminist Antifascism Congress
FreiLand, Potsdam, Germany
Guest Speaker "Transnational Queer Feminism in Germany and Europe from 1920s until Today"
Lecture-Performance with Oxana Chi
May 12th, 2017
Auditorium Grimm Center, Humboldt-University, Germany
Das Recht, Rechte zu haben – Transdisziplinärer Workshoptag zu Flucht, Grenzen, Menschen
Transdisciplinary Workshop-Conference on Escape, Borders, Humans, organized by the Technical University's Gender Studies Department
Guest Speaker "Transnational Queer Feminism in Germany and Europe from 1920s until Today"
and Lecture-Performance about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, with Oxana Chi
February 3rd, 2017
Lecture-Performance about May Ayim, the Afro-German Audre Lorde. Biographical Presentation followed by the performance I Step On
Air, with Oxana Chi
Nov 25th, 2016
Europa-University Viadrina, Germany
Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, Exile and Migration
Guest Speaker for Dr. Laure Guilbert's seminar on dance and memory.
November 21st, 2016
Technical University, Berlin
Moving Memory International Symposium-Festival
Symposium Co-Chair, Presenter, Performer, Panelist
Lecture "Memory2Go: Diasporic Dance Moves in the 21st century Dynamic Lecture"
Presentation "The Images of Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore"
Panel "The Vocabulary of Memory"
October 20th - 22nd, 2016
Book Presentation InterdepenDenken on intersectionality
July 5th – 9th, 2016
Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, Germany
MLA International Symposium "Other Europe(s): Migrations, Translations, Transformations"
Panel Chair and Presenter "Performing Other Europes: Memory, Trauma and Migration in Contemporary Decolonial Dance"
June 25th, 2016
Schlosstheater Rheinsberg (Theater in the Castle)
DAGESH Kunstlab / ELES Foundation Project Launch
Lecture-Performance "Tanz W.Orte / Killjoy" with Oxana Chi
June 9th, 2016
Goldsmith University, London
Archives Matter Conference
Presenter "Moving Archives: embodied memory, diasporic resistance and contemporary dance in the work of Oxana Chi" followed
by the live-performance Psyche.
June 3rd, 2016
Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Women' s History Month Conference "Disrupting Power and Privilege to Empower Women"
Guest Speaker "Dance as Empowerment: Feminist Diasporic Art"
March 25, 2016
City University of New York
2nd Second Annual Women's Conference "Women & Power"
Lecture-Performance about May Ayim, "the Afro-German Audre Lorde".
March 2nd, 2016
Mainz University, Germany
AlleFrauen Referat Women of Color Series
Lecture-Performance about May Ayim, the Afro-German Audre Lorde.
April 24th, 2015
Forum Humanum, Neversdorf, Germany
Kolleg Alternative Inszenierungen des Erinnerns: Kunst und Literatur
Memory Congress organized by Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk (ELES Foundation)
Guest Speaker "Tanzkunst als lebendige Erinnerung" (Dance as living memory in the 21st century)
September 1st-3rd, 2014
Event Series Kultursymbiosen (Culture Symbiosis)
Special opening with the Lecture-Performance on May Ayim, the "Afro-German Audre Lorde" followed by I Step On Air, with
November 1st, 2014
Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
International Symposium "Writing Women’s Lives: Auto/ Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography"
Presenter "Dancing Women's Lives. Feminist auto/biographical storytelling in transcultural dance art
April 19th – 20th, 2014
Gesellschaft Macht Geschlecht – Gender Action Weeks
Opening the Event Series with the Lecture-Performance: Presentation about May Ayim, the "Afro-German Audre Lorde"
followed by I Step On Air, with Oxana Chi
November 9th, 2013
Homestory Deutschland – Schwarze Biografien in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany
Opening the Wandering Exhibition with a Lecture-Performance. Presentation on May Ayim, the "Afro-German Audre Lorde"
followed by I Step On Air, with Oxana Chi
March 15th, 2013
Rroma Aether Klub Theater Berlin
Guest Speaker "May Ayim, Weltenbürgerin"
Lecture-Performance: Presentation on May Ayim, the "Afro-German Audre Lorde" followed by I Step On Air, with Oxana Chi
March 1st, 2013