Layla Zami is an innovative academic and artist working with words, music, performance, and video. Layla recently earned a Ph.D. from the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany. She was also a Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University, and holds a bilingual M.A. from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs.

Her transdisciplinary approach to research and teaching orbits around matters of dance / performance / corporeality; cultural memory / trauma; gender / sexuality; diaspora / race / migration; and space-time.

She presented her work in the form of lecture-performances, invited talks, screenings and workshops in the USA, France, Taiwan, Indonesia, Turkey, India, the UK and all across Germany.

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Pre-Performance Talk
Danspace Project NYC

Flyer Danspace Project NYC

Layla Zami will facilitate a talk with dancer-choreographer André M. Zachery, Director of the Renegade Performance Group (RPG). The conversation will be followed by Untamed Space, a new interdisciplinary performance about "marooning" in the 21st Century, in the realm of RPG's Afrofuturism Series.

Sept 30th, 2017
at 7pm

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Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference

Flyer Philadelphia Diop Conference 2017

Layla Zami presents a lecture-performance at the 29th Annual Conference organized by the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) in Philadelphia. The talk "Afroeuropean Dance in Time" includes a live dance performance by Oxana Chi and live saxophone by Layla Zami.

Oct 20th & 21st, 2017
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel, Philadelphia

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Guest Speaker / Performer
Auditorium at Grimm-Zentrum, Berlin

Poster Race Power Privilege

Layla Zami is invited to open the international roundtable "Queer of Color Critique" at the conference Race, Power, and Privilege in Academia, organized jointly by the Kennedy Institute of North American Studies (Freie Universität) and the American Studies Department (Humboldt University).
Featuring special guest Oxana Chi with the live performance Killjoy

July 27th, 2017
at 4.45 pm



New Publication

Tanzkunst als lebendige Erinnerung: Oxana Chis performative Erinnerung an Tatjana Barbakoff
In Neues Judentum – altes Erinnern? Zeiträume des Gedenkens, edited by Dimitrij Belkin, Lara Hensch, and Eva Lezzi, Hentrich&Hentrich / ELES, 2017, pp. 267–288.

A new anthology on Jewish perspectives on the past, present and future of memory in Europe, launching a new publication series. Blending theoretical analysis, literary essay and research diary, my essay focuses on the dance piece Through Gardens choreographed and performed by Oxana Chi in memory of Tatjana Barbakoff. I wrote it during my time as a Doctoral Fellow from the Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk (ELES) Foundation.

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Here & Black Festival / Feministische Werkstatt

Layla Zami will perform at the Here & Black Festival organized by the Feministische Werkstatt. Opening the evening with spoken words and saxophone, she is also a special guest musician in Oxana Chi's Neferet iti performance.

Zwischenraum / Heliodrom Kulturarena des Theater R.A.B., Freiburg

July 13th, 2017
at 7 pm



Talk in Finland

 preliminary program (pdf)

Layla Zami will present a paper at the Sixth Biennial Network Conference, organised by the University of Tampere and the international research network Afroeuropeans – Black Cultures and Identities in Europe. The talk, entitled Afropean Moves: Black European languages of ResistDance, includes a short live performance by Oxana Chi.

University of Tampere, Finland,
6 - 8 July 2017