Performing Arts - 2023
George Bajalia is a co-founding director of the Youmein Festival in Tangier, Morocco and an anthropologist concerned with questions of temporality, borders, semiotics, and the practices and politics of belonging and difference. His current book project, Waiting at the Border: Language, Labor, and Infrastructure in the Strait of Gibraltar
, dwells on the political, social, and cultural forms that emerge during time spent waiting among cross-border workers and immigrants living and working around the Moroccan-Spanish borderlands. Bajalia received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. He is a professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he is also the founder of the Intersections media and anthropology lab, which explores the practices of anthropology and ethnography at their intersections with curation, performance, and contemporary art. He has also worked as a director and translator with institutions such as the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, Silk Road Rising, Court Theatre, and Goodman Theatre.