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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

About the editors

Charlotte McIvor is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Migration and Performance: Towards a New Interculturalism (Palgrave, 2016) and co-editor of multiple edited collections on intercultural performance, migration, devised and contemporary performance practices. 

Jason King is Academic Coordinator of the Irish Heritage Trust. He has held previous appointments at the National University of Ireland in Cork, Galway and Maynooth, the University of Limerick, the Université de Montréal, and Concordia University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interculturalism and Performance Now
  • Book Subtitle New Directions?
  • Editors Charlotte McIvor
    Jason King
  • Series Title Contemporary Performance InterActions
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Performance InterActions
  • 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 Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-02703-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-02704-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 377
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theatre and Performance Studies
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“This book is a timely and important intervention as it introduces new perspectives and developments in interculturalism and performance. The collection of essays ignites dialogues on the ways the discourse should be understood beyond simplistic binaries and brings new appreciation to the role of cultural interchange in the performing arts today.” (Marcus Tan, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

“This collection skilfully assesses emerging critical approaches and paradigms for understanding interculturalism and performance, revitalizing this contested concept and demonstrating its contemporary utility and urgency. Ethically grounded and theoretically expansive, the essays explore new sites, methods, and praxes that continue to nuance our appreciation of the complexities of intercultural engagements in and through performance. This book is a noteworthy addition to scholarly discussions of ‘new interculturalism’ in theatre and performance studies and related disciplines.” (Diana Looser, Stanford University, USA)

“An important and diverse collection of essays exploring a variety of paradigms and examples of ‘new interculturalism(s)’ as they negotiate various forms of hybridity in both context specific local as well as global contexts today.” (Phillip Zarrilli, Exeter University, UK)