Performing Global Networks
Karen Fricker, Ronit Lentin
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mar 26, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
Networks are everywhere: from migrant organisations to information technology, from business to social movements, from international governance to global non-governmental organisations, from theatrical collectives to fan clubs, from memory sites to narrative circles. The portmanteau terms networks, and more specifically, global networks, seem to have become the mots du jour in contemporary cultural and social studies. But what cultural, social and political work do global networks accomplish: what is the work of these networks?
This path-breaking collection follows Graeme Thompson’s rallying cry for a clearer analytical approach to the ways in which networks are ‘enacted, assembled, conducted, and performed.’ In its thirteen chapters, scholars from a variety of fields – sociology, theatre and performance studies, peace studies, history, and musicology – as well as social and cultural activists, explore the multiple meanings of global networks and performance.
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It is important at this stage to focus briefly on such an intercultural approach that
elides difference, in order to tease out what precisely is meant by this form of
interculturalism. Representing otherness in Orientalist fashion of course denies
This was the means by which Mnouchkine turned her actors into witnesses, her
texts into testimony and her intercultural approach to embodiment into a form of
ideational roaming that derives from a global network of cultural inspiration and ...
... in the role of Celtic raiders and slave traders whose captives were played by
child asylum seekers in the care of the state, many of whom have gone on to
perform in a variety of intercultural theatrical spectacles which this article will
mutual dependency in their respective forms of desire for political and cultural
recognition from one another that nevertheless work at cross purposes rather
than provide the basis for meaningful and reciprocal intercultural exchange. For if
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