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Talk and Film Screening
International Education Week

Poster Dancing Through Gardens Pratt 2018

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
7-10 pm

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University of Ghana
African Music Scholarship in the 21st Century

Logo University of Ghana

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
7.45 pm

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 symposium program



Moving Archives

Flyer Moving Archives

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



Atelier de la Danse N°8 Traversées: carrières, genre, circulations

Flyer Atelier de la Danse N°8 Traversées

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

 more info (in English)
 programme du festival
 programme du colloque



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

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Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference

Flyer Philadelphia Diop Conference 2017

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

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Pre-Performance Talk
Danspace Project NYC

Flyer 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

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American Studies Conference
Freie Universität / Humboldt University Berlin

Poster Race Power Privilege

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

Flyer Afroeuropean Conference
 preliminary program

Presenter "Afropean Moves: Traumatic Memory, Identity and Diasporic Dance"

July 6th - 8th 2017



Osnabrück University, Germany
Antifascism Series

Programm Osnabrueck 2017

Guest Speaker and Film Presentation "Dancing Through Gardens"

June 1st, 2017



Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
Gender Studies Department

Flyer Killjoy Goettingen 2017

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

Flyer fantifa

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

Flyer Auditorium Grimmzentrum University Humbold Berlin 2017

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

May 12th, 2017



In*Vision Seminar and Festival, Brandenburg

Flyer in-vision.aufbrechen

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

Program Moving Memory

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



Literaturfestival Potsdam

Book Presentation InterdepenDenken on intersectionality

July 5th – 9th, 2016



Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, Germany
MLA International Symposium "Other Europe(s): Migrations, Translations, Transformations"

Program MLA Symposium

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

Flyer Dagesh Eles Schloss Rheinsberg 2016

Lecture-Performance "Tanz W.Orte / Killjoy" with Oxana Chi

June 9th, 2016



Goldsmith University, London
Archives Matter Conference

Program ArchivesMatter London Conference 2016

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"

Flyer Rutgers Womenconference

Guest Speaker "Dance as Empowerment: Feminist Diasporic Art"

March 25, 2016



City University of New York
2nd Second Annual Women's Conference "Women & Power"

Flyer CUNY New York 2016

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)
Fincan, Berlin

Flyer Fican KulturSymbiosen Nacht und Nebel Festival 2014

Special opening with the Lecture-Performance on May Ayim, the "Afro-German Audre Lorde" followed by I Step On Air, with Oxana Chi

November 1st, 2014



Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
International Symposium "Writing Women’s Lives: Auto/ Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography"

Cover Writingwomenslife
 paper publication

Presenter "Dancing Women's Lives. Feminist auto/biographical storytelling in transcultural dance art

April 19th – 20th, 2014



Bielefeld University
Gesellschaft Macht Geschlecht – Gender Action Weeks

Festival Programmheft Asta Uni Bielefeld 2013

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

Homestory Deutschland Postkarte 2013

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