Interculturalism and Performance Now

New Directions?

  • Charlotte McIvor
  • Jason King

Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Charlotte McIvor
    Pages 1-26
  3. New Interculturalism as Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Julie Holledge, Sarah Thomasson, Joanne Tompkins
      Pages 89-111
  4. Redirecting Intercultural Traffic

  5. Intersectional Interculturalisms

  6. Migrant Interculturalisms

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-377

About this book


This book is the first edited collection to respond to an undeniable resurgence of critical activity around the controversial theoretical term ‘interculturalism’ in theatre and performance studies. Long one of the field’s most vigorously debated concepts, intercultural performance has typically referred to the hybrid mixture of performance forms from different cultures (typically divided along an East-West or North-South axis) and its related practices frequently charged with appropriation, exploitation or ill-founded universalism. New critical approaches since the late 2000s and early 2010s instead reveal a plethora of localized, grassroots, diasporic and historical approaches to the theory and practice of intercultural performance which make available novel critical and political possibilities for performance practitioners and scholars. This collection consolidates and pushes forward reflection on these recent shifts by offering case studies from Asia, Africa, Australasia, Latin America, North America, and Western Europe which debate the possibilities and limitations of this theoretical turn towards a ‘new’ interculturalism.  


new interculturalism intercultural performance aesthetic practice authenticity cultural identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Charlotte McIvor
    • 1
  • Jason King
    • 2
  1. 1.Drama and Theatre Studies National University of IrelandGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Irish Heritage TrustDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02703-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02704-9
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