Performance Studies Ph.D. Candidate Yasmeen Chism has been awarded a 2023 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Yasmeen describes her dissertation, “Tracing Black Movements: Chor[e]ographing Displacement in North Carolina’s Piedmont” begins with the assertion that black presence in North Carolina’s Piedmont, like that throughout the black diaspora, represents an ongoing history of displacement. My project unites performance studies, black studies, and critical urban studies. Although my project is grounded in a region (Piedmont) within a region (Southeastern US), the contentions that I make are not only applicable to other locations but are always already international in their scope. This transdisciplinary project unearths new approaches for examining a region which has been largely under-theorized and expands existing conversations about black movements.