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Seeking entitlement: a performance ethnography exploring the paradoxes of trauma and testimonial in refugee performance

Misra, Smita (2015) Seeking entitlement: a performance ethnography exploring the paradoxes of trauma and testimonial in refugee performance. Master of Arts by Research (MARes) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This dissertation responds to some significant publications on refugee theatre and

concerns and debates, the problems confronted have been conceptualized as paradoxes: (1) the

testimonial authenticity in the portrayal of refugees in staged performances. The research is an

Canterbury. The devising process of the theatre project is set alongside the daily activities of the

featured in a community project on migration to Kent in April 2014. With an overarching

does the language of trauma come to bear on the biographies of individual asylum seekers? (2)

representation? Using a self-reflexive ethnographic methodology, the researcher writes about her

collected data includes the researcher’s journal entries, the participant’s performance pieces and

The study concludes that (1) refugee theatre has a tendency to presume the biases of audiences,

powerful in the asylum seeking procedure and that (3) migrants rely on performance in everyday

suggestions for applied theatre interventions scripts involving refugees and witnessing studies.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Arts by Research (MARes))
Thesis advisor: Shaughnessy, Nicola
Thesis advisor: Klich, Rosemary
Uncontrolled keywords: Performance Ethnography, refugee, asylum seeking, PTSD, postcolonialism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54733 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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