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Filipino Migrant Stories and Trauma in the Transnational Field

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Caleb Johnston



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Abstract We put to work recent efforts to decolonise trauma theory in the context of our experience of writing and performing in the Philippines our testimonial theatre play about Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP). The play, a collection of monologues based on verbatim scholarly research transcripts, was performed in Manila in November 2013 and October 2014, first as professional and then community theatre. We think through what it means to move a trauma narrative about family separation from Vancouver to Manila, both in terms of the reception of Canadian-based trauma and how it works in relation to traumas based in the Philippines. As a contribution to the geographies of trauma, we consider efforts to think what it would mean to decolonise trauma studies, and examine how trauma narratives gather other narratives as they travel, the politics of scholars from the global north soliciting and circulating trauma narratives, and the possibilities of building collective politics through individual stories of trauma.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pratt G, Johnston C, Banta V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Emotion, Space and Society

Year: 2017

Volume: 24

Pages: 83-92

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 15/09/2015

Acceptance date: 12/08/2015

Date deposited: 23/01/2017

ISSN (print): 1755-4586

ISSN (electronic): 1878-0040

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2015.09.002


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