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 under contract: Feels Right: Black Queer Women's Choreographies of Belonging in the Neoliberal City (Duke University Press) and Queer Nightlife (University of Michigan Press), 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 art and artists.
- Adeyemi, Kemi. "The Practice of Slowness." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 25, no. 4 (2019): 545-67.
- Adeyemi, Kemi. "Beyond 90°: The Angularities of Black/queer/women/lean." Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory: Performing Refusal/Refusing to Perform 29, no. 1 (2019): 9-24.
- Kemi Adeyemi, The Black Embodiments Studio, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, 2017-2018.
- Kemi Adeyemi, The Black Embodiments Studio, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, 2019-2020.
Summer 2021 Full-term
- Kemi Adeyemi, Kareem Khubchandani, and Ramón Rivera-Servera discuss their new book, Queer Nightlife, in an audio interview with Isabel Machado at New Books Network - October 19, 2021
- Kemi Adeyemi Receives the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre Studies - December 1, 2020
- Black Embodiments Studio Artist Talk - Will Rawls "Stopping Dancing" - February 12, 2020
- The Black Embodiments Studio - Artist Talk - Kameelah Janan Rasheed - November 5, 2019
- Transgender Studies Quarterly features article by Assistant Professor Kemi Adeyemi - May 22, 2019
- Kemi Adeyemi receives Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship - April 11, 2019
- Discussion between artist Tschabalala Self and GWSS Assistant Professor Kemi Adeyemi at Frye Art Museum - March 13, 2019
- Danny Giles - Artist Talk - Black Embodiments Studio - January 15, 2019
- Microseminar - The Black Embodiments Studio - November 9, 2018