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Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS)

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Student Spotlight: Alfredo Cabrera

My research is about María Lionza, a Venezuelan mythological figure. At times she is regarded as an Indigenous woman with pale skin and light green eyes, whose character is heavily influenced by West African and Afro Caribbean practices...

Alumni Spotlight: Lara Kirby Pardo

"I created this space [Blackbird Arts and Research] to encourage arts and research to co-exist- which is what CWPS is all about!"

The Center for World Performance Studies seeks to create intellectual and physical space for the study of performance. Our aim is to advocate for performance as a mode of research and as a means of public engagement, centering on underrepresented, non-Western, and diasporic voices, bodies, and acts. We connect—both locally and globally—students, faculty, artists, thinkers, and scholars in order to educate each other about Performance Studies and to promote interdisciplinary and intersectional insights and research methodologies.

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