Spring 2021 at the Arts Research Center

This spring, the Arts Research Center will focus our programs around our Poetry and the Senses program. With eight new fellows and four exciting events, we are looking forward to making space for new conversations on and about emergency. Watch this space for upcoming announcements.

If you missed any of our fall 2020 Visual Activism events, I encourage you to visit our event archive here. Additionally, our ARC Blog offers summaries of almost all our events; we hope you’ll read our most recent posts here.

Remember to join our mailing list—link on right—if you haven’t already. That is best way to keep up to date with all of ARC’s events and news.

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center


Upcoming Event of Interest | 5/21 | Natalie Diaz and Ailton Krenak: On Borderlands

Friday, May 21, 2021
12pm PST
This event will take place online.

A conversation about colonial legacies of encampment and border making in the Americas, with a particular focus on the occupation and destruction of indigenous lives and land. Indigenous artists and thinkers discuss migration/mobility as a practice constitutive of indigenous forms of life, and itineraries of movement across human and nonhuman, visible and invisible borders in the context of settler colonial forms of spatial and human division, exclusion, segregation. For more information, please see here.

Presented by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Vice Chancellor for Research, Arts Research Center, Center for Race and Gender, and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


Upcoming Event of Interest | 5/21 | BLACK GIRLHOOD, OUR MOTHERS & HOME

Friday, May 21, 2021
3pm PST
This event will take place online.

Black Girl, Call Home (Penguin Publishing Group, 2021) and mourning my inner[blackgirl]child (Nomadic Press, 2021) both speak to the joys and pains of Black women’s Black girlhoods, the complexities of Black mother – Black daughter relationships, the nuances of intergenerational trauma, and the journey to re/discovering home.

BLACK GIRLHOOD, OUR MOTHERS & HOME makes space for authors Jasmine Mans (@poetjasminemans) and reelaviolette botts-ward (@reelaviolette) to speak across texts about these themes, and invites community to join us in reflection, discovery and healing. For more information, please see here.

Hosted by blackwomxnhealing + The University of California Berkeley’s Arts Research Center, African American Student Development, and Graduate Assembly, and moderated by doctoral candidate Kerby L. Lynch, this communal gathering of poetic care is orchestrated with Black womxn at the center, and all loving community is welcome.


Readings by our past Poetry and the Senses Fellows

A reading by Jenif(f)er Tamayo (link)

A reading by Jared Robinson (link)

A reading by Alex Saum-Pascual (link)


Now Online | In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice

In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, former director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.