"The reader will be rewarded with rich accounts of a range of performative practices, some of which are more obviously of an artistic bend, and some which are perhaps more imaginative in their use of the idea of performative moments. The volume is to be recommended for advanced students in search of a fresh and promising take on matters of globalisation and modernity in Asia." - Ivan Kwek, Asian Journal of Social Science, Winter 2019
"Thanks to its cross-disciplinary approach, this anthology would work in courses in a variety of subject areas, including theater, communications, cultural studies, and the visual arts. It would also be appropriate for upper-level undergraduate research seminars or for a graduate-level survey course on performance studies. It should also appeal to scholars interested in expanding their knowledge of performance studies framed through the lens of globalization." - Andrea Schmidt. Situations 12.1 (2019)
Much has been said regarding the global flows of information that are characteristic of modernity; it has been frequently stressed that these conduits are so deeply embedded that local or national environments may be imagined as having a global span. Thus, while we are now well aware that the imagination is integral to global cultural processes, questions still arise about how the imagination of life with a global span is made possible at the level of everyday social practices. This book examines performative interventions that can generate a re-imagining of local publics — both spatially grounded and mediatized — and help to renegotiate the connection between the local and the global. After the ‘performative turn’ of the 1960s, it has been understood that shared experience of performance as event or spectacle can transform interpretations of the global and the local and create new meanings, and this book continues in the direction of this important tradition, while also fully expanding on its consequences.
Dr Chris Hudson is Associate Professor of Asian Media and Culture and Director of Higher Degrees by Research in the School of Media and Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. She has published widely on Asia, including Beyond the Singapore Girl: Discourses of Gender and Nation in Singapore.