María Regina Firmino-Castillo is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer, artist, and faculty member in the Department of Dance at the University of California-Riverside.
María Regina Firmino-Castillo is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer, artist, and faculty member in the Department of Dance at the University of California-Riverside. Born in Guatemala and trained as an anthropologist, her life and work trajectory attempts to transgress colonial and disciplinary categories to critically reflect on the corporeal as a material/discursive site of ontological production, destruction, and transformation--especially in the context of genocidal coloniality and its complex transnational repercussions. Maria is preparing a manuscript, tentatively entitled Choreographies of Catastrophe, which analyzes the role of the body--not as an object, but as an ontological process--in the complex catastrophic conditions of continuous coloniality in the Mesoamerican region. At the same time, the book investigates artistic experimentations in Guatemala, México, and the Mesoamerican diaspora in the US to demonstrate the ways that such projects construct corpo-realities alternative to the necro-ontologies of the present.