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Missing Your Performing Humanity Fix?

Be sure to visit our new location for updates and features — including our recent SAA collaboration with Dr. Holly Dugan.

More at the new PH:

Event Spotlight

Visit our new location for an event spotlight featuring Dr. Don Johanson, Lucy’s 40th anniversary, and a night with the Natural History Museum of LA.

New at PH this February

This month, Dr. Allen Shotwell shares work on early modern medical manuscripts, and the connections among female and canine anatomies. Come check it out.

Want to join the conversation? Visit Dr. Shotwell or our editor on Twitter.

Updates at the New Performing Humanity

Screen Shot 2012-06-07 at 6.42.09 PMHaven’t had a chance to swing by Performing Humanity’s new location? Here’s a peek into what we’ve been up to:

History Carnival 141: A New Year in History (January 2015)

Staging Animal Bodies (December 2014)

Animal Studies, Blockbuster Edition II: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (November 2014)

Animal Studies, Blockbuster Edition I: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (October 2014)

New Location

With the completion of the Emerging Voices series, Performing Humanity has shifted to a new location for the release of new content.

We hope that you’ll continue joining us there, sharing your ideas, and proposing new content. In the coming months we have exciting articles and collaborations scheduled; and we hope to develop new ways for you to engage with contributors.

Thanks for visiting!

BAREFOOT GRANNIES: A Special Project to Promote Reproductive Health

By Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa (Guest Collaborator and ICOD Action Network Founder & Director)

In February 2014, our team started a journey to capture extraordinary stories about girls, women, and communities whose lives had been broken down after being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Our journey took us to some of East Africa’s most remote communities where health and social services are almost entirely broken. It’s been a journey that has helped bring unique stories about these communities out to the world. It’s been a journey that has inspired us to work harder to end Female Genital Mutilation and build safer communities for girls and women.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 2.45.51 PMWe recently launched another unique model called the Barefoot Grannies to create sustainable change in communities where we work through grassroots activism.  The Barefoot Grannies is a federation of 8 grassroots organizations comprised of 219 grannies in Northeastern Uganda’s Karamoja region working to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive health and girl-child education. The grannies are leading efforts to change their communities’ perspective about women’s rights and ensure equal rights all women no matter where they live.

Education is key to producing a sense of human value for oneself and for others. Through technical support, resource allocation, mentorship, leadership training, and network building, we are building this sense of value and aiding the federation into producing exceptional grassroots leaders capable of moving their communities forward. We have worked with grassroots organizations for the past 5 years and achieved amazing results, we are glad to be working with the Barefoot Grannies to build safer communities for girls and women in Northeastern Uganda.

There is much left to be done. Anyone interested in assisting our project should seek information on The Barefoot Grannies Campaign.

In this special post, Performing Humanity is working in collaboration with the ICOD Action Network to spread awareness about world-wide women’s health issues and to assist in fundraising for victims of female genital mutilation. In line with our mission to explore political, linguistic, and philosophical issues surrounding definitions of humanness, we view human rights and women’s health issues as deeply embedded in social attitudes regarding Otherness.

Thank you to ICOD representative for joining us. Readers can locate further information via CHASING THE CUT – a documentary film about Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa.

Animals, Humans, and Assistance

In anticipation of upcoming content on Performing Humanity, we’re using this month to feature a number of organizations invested in animal rights and animal protection.  For anyone interested in more information on these groups, or to volunteer time and resources, please click on the links. If you have further suggestions or wish to share experiences, we encourage you to contribute in the Comments Section!

World Wildlife Fund

The world’s leading conservation organization, which seeks to bridge science with social justices for the benefit of humans and non-human animals.


A charity committed to promoting effective means of preventing cruelty to animals throughout the United States.

Animal Charities of America

A hub site that vets animal charities and posts links for contributors’ further research.

An Act of Dog

A non-profit using art to promote awareness of and work toward a no-kill solution for shelter dogs in the United States.

Volunteer Equine Advocates

A regional charity working in collaboration with local officials to identify horses experiencing abuse or neglect in order to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome.

Accepting Nominations!

Performing Humanity will be the proud host to  History Carnival HC 122 on June 1, 2013. To nominate a blog for this issue, please visit our form at:


We look forward to sharing this month’s trends and stories with you, and to providing new content for your reading pleasure this summer.  Details to follow!Screen Shot 2013-05-12 at 10.55.11 AM

Call for Submissions

In the interest of expanding conversation about animal-human hybridity before, in, and after the Renaissance, Performing Humanity invites submissions from the public.  We are particularly seeking:

*Posts that critically or theoretically consider hybridity in the literature, art, law, and social practices of any historical period.

* Reviews of relevant books, exhibits, or movies.

Submission guidelines are available on the contents bar of the website.  Questions or proposals should be sent to the editor.

Holiday Hiatus

Over the winter break, Performing Humanity will be on a content hiatus.  Once the spring semester commences, we will return with new posts and features.  In the mean time, we encourage readers to peruse the archives, comment at will, and consider submitting their own work for consideration.

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