Our very own Petra Kuppers, the Anita Gonzalez Collegiate Professor of Performance Studies and Disability Culture and professor of English language and literature, and of women’s and gender studies, has been awarded a 2023 fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

“It is such a great honor to receive a Guggenheim for community performance work, and for disability culture practices — two areas of creative and critical endeavor that are slowly gaining more recognition in the world,” said Kuppers. 

For the project, Kuppers addresses disabled and mad presences in asylum spaces and in dance archives through participatory performances grounded in disability culture. She will write a book on two performance series that she (co-)created: the Asylum Project (2015-20) and the Crip/Mad Archive Dances (2021-ongoing). As part of the writing and research process, she said she will co-create more of these arts-based research performances with local communities and in archives based around a number of different sites in the U.S. and beyond.

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