Esaí Ortiz-Rivera

Position title: MA Student


3405 Sterling Hall

Esaí Ortiz-Rivera headshot

Pronouns:  he/him; they/them

Esaí is a second year MA Candidate researching on anticolonial activist performances in Puerto Rico. Guided by the multiple lenses of performance studies, he is committed to analyzing the embodiment of an otherwise by the Puerto Rican subject as a form of resistance to colonial rule, discourses of the nation, western epistemes, heteronormativity, white supremacy, and capitalism. His work, tentatively titled “The Politics of Jayaera: Performance, Affect, and Boricuir Aesthetics” explores the sonic performance of Macha Colón y los Okapi by centering “jayaera” within the political activism networks in Puerto Rico particularly through an analysis of Perreo Combativo, a queer organized activist performance that took place, along with other protests, in the summer of 2019.

His work is grounded on performance theory, aesthetic theory, affect theory, queer theory/queer of color critique, critical race theory/Black studies, Latinx studies/Puerto Rican studies, and decolonial political theory.

Teaching Assistant:
Gen&WS 103: Gender, Women, Bodies, and Health, sections 320, 304, 313, 315