Daniel B. Coleman, PhD (he & they)

Scholarship, Performance Work, Feminist Pedagogy and Justice-Centered Projects. Transfeminist.

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

Daniel lives an artistic-intellectual-justice-praxis grounded in the communities of which he is a part. His work is *always* from the interstices of any given location. Daniel works as an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Fall 2018 - present). Daniel is a transfeminist and militant intellectual (borrowing from mentor and friend Catherine Walsh), transnational performance artist, movement poet, and justice-seeker.

Scholarly Praxis

Daniel has a PhD in Performance Studies from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017). 

Daniel's scholarship engages the methodological-theoretical matrices of: oral history performance, trans*, Black, and decolonial feminisms, Performance as Research, decolonial pedagogies, critical/performance ethnography, and critical geographies. His work is grounded in community-engaged commitments, thinking with voices, embodiments, and artistic practices as epistemological and world-making projects. He is particularly taken with projects that require stillness, silence, affective resonance and deep forms of embodied listening praxis, in-relation. 

Daniel's current book project develops a Performance as Research ecology for tracing layers of corporeal ancestries embodied by trans* artists through understanding the complex layers of cultural and and spatial geographies in the contexts of the U.S. South and in the Mexican South. More on this under Scholarship

His dissertation project, "Intimacies of Un-becoming: Oral History Performances and Mujeres Afrodescendientes in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México," was a critical performance ethnography and oral history-based project rooted in conversations with Afro-descendant compañeras in the context of San Cristóbal de las Casas, directed by Dr. Della Pollock. The dissertation is available for download via ProQuest and by email request. 

Artist Praxis

Daniel is a performance artist, installation artist,  mover and choreographer. He articulates his body as a physical medium for story sharing, transfer, and as a container for larger social bodies. Through physical movement and intentional stillness, Daniel uses embodiment practices as a form of artistic mediumship to both channel and transform energies surrounding the social-political landscapes in which he traverses. He creates experiences of ritual that require rigorous engagement with the performer and with fellow witnesses, inviting audiences to leave with traces and hauntings that welcome other modes of being in the world and in relation to one another.  Daniel is deeply invested in caring for his body and those of his audiences through all of his work. 

Previously, Daniel has been a core troupe member of La Pocha Nostra (2014-2016), a street artivist-organizer with Arte Acción en Chiapas (2013-2015) and was the co-founder of the duet performance project Proyecto Inmiscuir (2015-2017). As a performer and artistic pedagogue, he has taught and performed in various institutional and autonomous spaces throughout México, the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Costa Rica, Brasil, Colombia, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, and Estonia. 

Current content of this website reflects work from 2017, onward. For access to previous archives, please contact Daniel directly. 

Justice Praxis

Daniel's justice work is centered in accompanying processes aligned with abolition, transfeminism, anti-racism, freedom of movement, and anti-colonial legacies situated in global justice struggles in each of the places he has known as home, in local-global synergy. Daniel has collaborated with multiple feminist organizers and organizations in the context of Chiapas, México to stage public interventions to denounce feminicide and transfeminicide violence met with impunity. The work involved designing rituals for public mourning that simultaneously held the state accountable. He helped to begin the first major coalition among lesbian and trans feminists in the state of Chiapas and in México,  functioning as one of the leaders of the first Jornadas Lesbo Trans Feministas. In the U.S. South, he is a member of Southerners on New Ground – a intergenerational and multiracial regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. 

The lessons of organizing and all work with a heart for social justice run throughout the veins of Daniel's work and life projects. 

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