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Dixon Li

Dixon Li

Office Hours

spring 2019

M: 4-5PM
F: 11AM-12PM

I am a third-year doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania with training as a cultural critic, poet, dancer, performance maker, and healer (yoga & death doula). I graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a BA in English (summa cum laude, phi beta kappa) and minors in African-American Studies & American Studies. From 2014-2016 I was a Marshall Scholar in London where I completed MA's in Writing in the Modern age at Queen Mary (2015) and an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths (2016).

At Penn I am pursuing graduate certificates in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies & Cinema Studies. I work primarily between dance, moving image aesthetics, spatial composition practices, and theories of embodiment with special attention to anticolonial aesthetics and the arts of the Afro and Asian Diasporas in the long 20th century. Situated at the theoretical intersections of continental philosophy, critical marxisms, queer & feminist theories, postcolonialism, black studies, and psychoanalysis, I am currently busy thinking about racialized and gendered modes of address as they emerge in poetics, performance, film, as well as visual and installation art. I co-coordinate the English Department's Gender and Sexuality reading group for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Most recently I have performed in and/or created performances for: The Transgressive Body (ponder0sa, Germany 2019), Time Passes (Sharon Hayes & Brooke O'Hara, Philadelphia, 2019), Secret Journey: Rove (Pat Catterson & Yoshiko Chuma, New York, 2019), Delshakes: Much ado about nothing (Bi Jean Ngo, Delaware, 2018), OpenFlr (Elisa Zuppini, Florence, 2016), The Master's Festival Goldsmiths University (London, 2016), Festival Danse Directe Butoh (Normandy, 2015), and  'Essercitazione Ritmiche' in the Venice Biennale (Claudia Castellucci, Venice, 2015). I have ongoing artistic collaborations with Be Heintzman Hope, Ogemdi Ude, Barry Branum, Casey Brown, and Assaf Aharonson.