Power, Structure, and the Human Body

semester long course at Princeton University

In this studio course open to anyone with a body, we will explore power, structure, and human bodies through personal, political, anatomical, kinesthetic, and aesthetic lenses. We will delve into these issues as artists do: by reading, thinking, talking, moving, and making performances, actions, sense, and change. Each day we will literally incorporate what we study by using tools from dance, somatic and creative practices. We will explore what it means to be an engaged intellectual. Readings include contemporary thinkers about race, gender, sexuality, disability, and performance. Students design final creative projects.

Readings include:
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Letter to My Son
Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power
Abigail Levine, Being a Thing: The Work of Performing in the Museum
Alison Kafer, Feminist, Queer, Crip
Solmaz Sharif, Look
edited by Peter Orner, Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Voice of Witness)