Kemi Adeyemi

Kemi Adeyemi is assistant professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Director of The Black Embodiments Studio, an arts writing residency, at the University of Washington.
Her book manuscript on black queer women’s geographies of neoliberalism, and her co-edited volume Queer Nightlife, are currently in development. Adeyemi’s has forthcoming writing in GLQ: a journal of lesbian and gay studies, and has published in Women & PerformanceTransgender Studies Quarterly, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking.
She has contributed exhibition essays for Tschabalala Self (Seattle), This is Not a Gun (Los Angeles), black is a color (Los Angeles), Impractical Weaving Suggestions (Madison), and Endless Flight (Chicago); and writings on artists including Liz Mputu, Adee Robinson, Brendan Fernandes, Oli Rodriguez, and Indira Allegra. Adeyemi co-curated the unstable objects exhibition at The Alice Gallery in 2017 and is curating Amina Ross’ October 2019 solo show at Ditch Projects.
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  1. […] Kemi Adeyemi is finishing the first draft of her first book which is a an ethnography of  black queer women’s social dance practices in Chicago. For the book, she interviewed women going to clubs to dance as well as the people who run the clubs. The book is set against the backdrop of Chicago’s corrupt political landscape and examines a tangible politics that plays out on the dance floor. Adeyemi also runs a critical arts writing residency called The Black Embodiment Studio based out of the University of Washington. The goals are to bridge a gap in arts writing due to lack of funding in Seattle while training graduate students in the skills they need to be arts writers. At the same time a big goal is to ensure that those trained in graduate programs have fluid, flexible, accessible writing. To hear more from Kemi Adeyemi, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Kemi Adeyemi is finishing the first draft of her first book which is a an ethnography of  black queer women’s social dance practices in Chicago. For the book, she interviewed women going to clubs to dance as well as the people who run the clubs. The book is set against the backdrop of Chicago’s corrupt political landscape and examines a tangible politics that plays out on the dance floor. Adeyemi also runs a critical arts writing residency called The Black Embodiment Studio based out of the University of Washington. The goals are to bridge a gap in arts writing due to lack of funding in Seattle while training graduate students in the skills they need to be arts writers. At the same time a big goal is to ensure that those trained in graduate programs have fluid, flexible, accessible writing. To hear more from Kemi Adeyemi, listen to the complete interview. […]