Layla Zami

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Visiting Assistant Professor Humanities & Media Studies 718.636.3790 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

Current Course Listing (6)

21/SP-ADE-650P-01 Cultures of Memory: Performing the Past Transforming the Present

20/FA-FREN-101-01 Introduction to French I

20/FA-FREN-201-01 Intermediate French I

21/SP-HAD-300P-01 Art and Social Justice

20/FA-HMS-430S-03 Special Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory

20/FA-HMS-630S-03 Spt: Literary/Cultural Theory

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2017 - PhD, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
2009 - FilmArche Berlin
2006 - MA/Diploma, Sciences Po Paris
2001 - Saxophone, Conservatoire de Musique, Le Mans, France


Dr. Layla Zami (Paris, France, 1985) is an interdisciplinary academic, artist, curator and globetrotter. She is currently Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities and Media Studies. Current activities at Pratt include interdisciplinary research, teaching and thesis advising in Humanities and Media Studies, History of Art and Design and the Graduate Program in Performance and Performance Studies. Zami also serves on the Institute Curriculum Committee (2020-2021). Her work orbits around matters of dance/performance/corporeality; cultural memory/trauma; diaspora/race/migration; feminist/queer theory; and spacetime.

A former Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (IRWGS), Zami obtained her PhD at the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) where she also received the First Prize in the 2017 Teaching Quality Award. Her dissertation Contemporary PerforMemory: Moving Through Diasporic Dancescapes in the 21st Century was sponsored by the Talents Program from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the ELES Scholarship Fund.

Zami also lived, studied and worked in Russia, Cameroon, and South Africa, where she spent an Erasmus year studying photography, African studies, ethics, and humanities at the University of Cape Town. She earned her Masters degree at Sciences Po Paris, a high-ranking interdisciplinary international research university.

As a Resident Artist with the dance company Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren , Zami creates and performs music (saxophone, kalimba, chalumeau, loops), spoken words and physical theater in dialogue with the choreography. Together with Oxana Chi, she held residencies at Abrons Arts Center, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and Maison des Arts (Martinique). The duo also co-directed the award-winning documentary Dancing Through Gardens.

In North America, Layla Zami performed at Dixon Place, Abrons Arts Center, CUNY, University of Toronto, Triskelion Arts, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), WOW Cafe Theatre, the Wild Project, Rutgers University. She also performed and presented in Germany, France, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, India, Ghana, Martinique, Indonesia, Turkey, Serbia, and the UK.

Zami curated events for the CUNY Graduate Center, Dixon Place and Berlin Technical University. She is former Assistant Producer and current Co-Curator of Dance at the International Human Rights Art Festival. Zami also serves on multiple committees at Dance/NYC, as well as on the Bessies Committee.