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Kemi Adeyemi (she/her)

Assistant Professor
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206-685-3650
PDL B110 C
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Accepting new graduate students

Biography

Ph.D. Performance Studies, Northwestern University, 2016
M.A. Performance Studies, Northwestern University, 2010
B.A. American Studies, Geography, Macalester College, 2007

Kemi Adeyemi is Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Director of The Black Embodiments Studio at the University of Washington. Her writing and curatorial projects use performance as a site and methodology for theorizing the contours of contemporary black queer life. She has two books in development: Feels Right: Black Queer Women's Choreographies of Belonging in the Neoliberal City and Queer Nightlife, co-edited with Kareem Khubchandani and Ramón Rivera-Servera. her most recent writing has appeared in GLQ, Women & Performance, and the in Routledge Handbook of African American Art History.

Adeyemi's work extends into the realm of contemporary art practice. She works as choreographer Will Rawls’ dramaturge, and has written on and for artists including Tschabalala Self, Jovencio de la Paz, Indira Allegra, Brendan Fernandes, and taisha paggett. She curated Amina Ross’ 2019 solo show at Ditch Projects, and co-curated Unstable Objects in 2017 at the Alice Gallery. As Director of The Black Embodiments Studio, Adeyemi runs an arts writing incubator and curates a public lecture series dedicated to developing discourse around contemporary black practices.

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