Performing Statelessness in Europe

  • S.E. Wilmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-245

About this book


This book examines performative strategies that contest nationalist prejudices in representing the conditions of refugees, the stateless and the dispossessed. In the light of the European Union failing to find a political solution to the current migration crisis, it considers a variety of artistic works that have challenged the deficiencies in governmental and transnational practices, as well as innovative efforts by migrants and their hosts to imagine and build a new future. It discusses a diverse range of performative strategies, moving from a consideration of recent adaptations of Greek tragedy, to performances employing fictive identification, documentary dramas, immersive theatre, over-identification and subversive identification, nomadism and political activism. This study will appeal to those interested in questions of statelessness, migration, and the problematic role of the nation-state.


theatre immigration crisis theatre and citizenship asylum displacement subversive theatre

Authors and affiliations

  • S.E. Wilmer
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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