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Migration in Performance: Crossing the Colonial Present

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Caleb Johnston


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This book follows the travels of Nanay, a testimonial theatre play developed from research with migrant domestic workers in Canada, as it was recreated and restaged in different places around the globe. This book examines how Canadian migration policy is embedded within histories of colonialism in the Philippines and settler colonialism in Canada. Translations between scholarship and performance – and between Canada and the Philippines – became more uneasy as the play travelled internationally,raising pressing questions ofhow decolonial collaborations might take shape in practice. This book examines the strengths and limits of existing framings of Filipina migration, and offers rich ideas of how care – the care of children and elderly and each other – might be rethought in radically new ways within less violently unequal relations that span different colonial histories and complex triangulations of racialised migrants, settlers and indigenous peoples. This book is a journey towards a new way of doing and performing research and theory. It is part of a growing interdisciplinary exchange between the performing arts and social sciences, and willappeal to researchers and students within human geography and performance studies, and those working on migration, colonialisms, documentary theatre, and social reproduction.

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Author(s): Johnston C, Pratt G

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2019

Number of Pages: 190

Print publication date: 21/02/2019

Online publication date: 08/02/2019

Acceptance date: 01/09/2018

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138885639