“The hunger strike and the fast are reflective experiences, performances of death in which we see ourselves.” ( Grant 2019: 1 ) “We have now learned our power to starve ourselves out of prison, and this power we shall use.” (Christobel
Performances of Death
Hunger Strikes, Discipline, and Democracy
Envisioning, Evaluating and Co-Enacting Performance in Global Health Interventions
Ethnographic Insights from Senegal
Diane Duclos, Sylvain L. Faye, Tidiane Ndoye, and Loveday Penn-Kekana
act of locating, understood as an approach to capturing epistemologies in the making and to reflecting on the role and responsibilities of anthropology as a community of practice, will be used to understand how ‘performance’ was both studied and co
Staging and Performance in Sidney Lumet's Deathtrap
isolate two expressive devices as especially fertile: figure staging and actors’ performances. In what follows, I seek to disclose the techniques of staging and performance by which Deathtrap generates suspense and surprise; I attempt to lay bare the
Legitimating state violence in the Swedish deportation regime
Lisa Marie Borrelli and Annika Lindberg
through their circulation among different bureaucratic agents and units ( Navaro-Yashin 2007 ; Nugent 2010 ; Trouillot 2001 ), and are eventually acted upon. The production of documentation thus allows for agents of the state to maintain a performance of
Literary Readings as Performance
On the Career of Contemporary Writers in the New Ireland
Drawing on an anthropological study of the social organisation of the world of Irish writers, this article investigates the literary reading as performance which has become central for the career and promotion of contemporary writers. How is the reading - live as well as recorded - constituted, and how is it experienced from the writer's point of view? The data are derived from participant observation and interviews at literary festivals and conferences, writers' retreats, book launches and more informal situations with writers, as well as from fiction and essays by the writers. For this article, I asked some of the writers to write short texts on the reading. It turned out that the frames of the reading as performance reach beyond the reading event, and also that a reading includes elements of risk, such as not attracting a big enough audience or performing badly. Finally, the article considers the changing role of the ethnographer.
The Artist is Absent, or The Birth of Seven Documented Performances by Yan Xing
Meiling Cheng, Andy Campbell, Hendrik Folkerts, Amelia Jones, and Xing Yan
Prelude, played by Meiling Cheng This account about The Birth of Seven Documented Performances— a series of planned live artworks by Yan Xing—features an assemblage of texts by five authors: a curator (Andy Campbell), a critic (Meiling Cheng
Understanding through Performance Black Boston
A City Connects
and participatory museum experiences identified by museum studies scholar Richard Sandell, who argues that museums are “key sites for the enactment and viewing of performances by visitors; performances which regularly feature negotiations of cultural
Economic Performance, Social Progress and Social Quality
This article concerns challenges arising from the development of economic globalization as the so-called “creator of a new world order“ and its tendency to deteriorate the foundation of a global order in terms of social justice, solidarity, and human dignity. As main point of referral functions, the report of the "Commission Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi" on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress that refers to the European Commission's strategy of development, acknowledges the need for these values. On behalf of this reflection, this article is based on the recent outcomes of the exploration of these social quality issues in a recent published book by the Foundation on Social Quality. The article argues that indicators are needed in order to understand the effects of societal changes in response to the current economic globalization, which increases inequality and the fragmentation of the labor market.
Corporeal performance in contemporary ethnonationalist movements
The changing body politic of Basque and Catalan secessionism
Mariann Vaczi and Cameron J Watson
Over the past ten years, the Catalan independence movement has intensified and gained considerable social support. State–region relations hit bottom in late 2019, when demonstrations and night street fights occurred as a result of the Constitutional Court decision to imprison Catalan pro‐independence politicians. In the Basque Country, a reverse process may be observed: after decades of its violent ‘Troubles’, the Basque Country now enjoys peace and channels its pro‐independence politics in formal directions. Beyond discursive messages, the Basque and Catalan movements have deployed body techniques to call attention to their political objectives. The historically changing moods and dispositions of the two movements may be traced through the corporeal performance techniques they have chosen as their symbols and allegories. The hand, palm, fist, skin, touch and verticality become ideological configurations that reproduce political imaginaries that express the dispositions, risks and desires of nationalist constructions.
Performance and Life Analogies in Shakespeare Novels for Young Readers
The article uses performance and life analogies in ten novels for juvenile readers to investigate the young protagonists' quest for identity or orientation. Through their experiences in the theatre and as Shakespeare's colleagues, apprentices, or friends, the young people find out who they are and who they might be or should become. The narratives suggest that, not only as stage-actors but also as life-performers, they relive experiences that can be ascribed also to Shakespeare himself. As seen with their eyes, this Shakespeare is de-bardolatrised and de-mythologised when the life-and-theatre analogies he shares with them are extended to his working methods as a poet and playwright.