faculty profile

Sampada Aranke
Visiting Faculty
History and Theory of Contemporary Art

My research interrogates the intersection of corpses and corporeality as made visible through durational state performances of antiblack violence. My research interests include performance and the historical archive, raced and gendered histories of the body, historical and contemporary racialized violence in the U.S., questions of embodiment, feminist antiracist performance practice, and methodological concerns in art practice. My training is primarily in the field of Performance Studies and its concerns with questions of the body. I often utilize scholarly contributions from political economy, literary analysis, social movement histories, and Visual, Critical Race, and Feminist Studies in my teaching and research in order to make historical and conceptual connections.  

Selected Publications: 
  • "Introduction to Guillermo Gómez-Peña." Viz Inter-Arts Trans-Genre Anthology Series. “Interventions!” Ed. Roxi Power Hamilton. Forthcoming 2014.
  •  “Fred Hampton’s Murder and the Coming Revolution.” Trans-scripts Journal: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine. Volume 3 (2013). Web. 30 April 2013.
  • “Crisis Management as Representational Strategy: The Arrangement of ‘African’ Subjectivities and the 2010 World Cup." Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (Vol 31: 2, 2010).
  • PhD candiate, Performance Studies, University of California, Davis
  • BA, Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz