For the first time, we’ve invited six visiting and local scholars and artists to immerse themselves in TBA as an experimental site for critical inquiry, engaged research, and intellectual exchange with artists and audiences. In this program of brief presentations followed by Q&A, our inaugural TBA Guest Scholars will share their current academic and artistic research, critical questions, and deep reflections spanning disciplines and forms. Catch our our Guest Scholars in action throughout the festival as lecturers, conversation and panel moderators, Field Guide facilitators, essayists, bloggers, manifesto-makers, and resident provocateurs.

Representing a range of practices, politics, and perspectives, this year’s Guest Scholars include Kemi Adeyemi (Black queer women’s nightlife); Sampada Aranke (embodiment, visual culture, black cultural and aesthetic theory); Stephanie DeGooyer (law, politics, aesthetics, and art writing); Linda K. Johnson (leading Portland choreographer, performer, academic, and somatic educator); Maya Mikdashi (law, citizenship, secularity, religion, sexual difference, war on terror); and Ariel Osterweis (race, class, gender, sexuality in contemporary dance; Sub-Saharan African dance; and mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance that disavows dance-based virtuosity).