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Performing Citizenship

Bodies, Agencies, Limitations

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides an overview and insight into current investigations on the aesthetics and politics of performing citizenship

  • Ranges across a variety of disciplines including political philosophy and theory, urban studies, ethnography, migration studies and theatre and performance studies

Part of the book series: Performance Philosophy (PPH)

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Paula Hildebrandt, Sibylle Peters
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. Bodies of Citizenship

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Doing Rights with Things: The Art of Becoming Citizens

      • Engin Isin
      Pages 45-56Open Access
    3. Performing Citizenship: Gathering (in the) Movement

      • Liz Rech
      Pages 57-75Open Access
    4. On Bodies and the Need to Appropriate Them

      • Antje Velsinger
      Pages 77-89Open Access
  4. Citizenship and (Urban) Space

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91
    2. Silence, Motifs and Echoes: Acts of Listening in Postcolonial Hamburg

      • Katharina Kellermann
      Pages 93-109Open Access
    3. Spaces of Citizenship

      • Sergio Tamayo
      Pages 127-145Open Access
    4. Urban Citizenship: Spaces for Enacting Rights

      • Kathrin Wildner
      Pages 147-159Open Access
  5. Citizenship and (Non-)Performance: Premises/Critique/Speculations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 175-175
    2. Paralogistics: On People, Things and Oceans

      • geheimagentur, Sibylle Peters
      Pages 209-227Open Access
    3. Phyto-Performance and the Lost Gardens of Riga

      • Alan Read
      Pages 229-242Open Access

About this book

This open access book discusses how citizenship is performed today, mostly through the optic of the arts, in particular the performing arts, but also from the perspective of a wide range of academic disciplines such as urbanism and media studies, cultural education and postcolonial theory. It is a compendium that includes insights from artistic and activist experimentation. Each chapter investigates a different aspect of citizenship, such as identity and belonging, rights and responsibilities, bodies and materials, agencies and spaces, and limitations and interventions. It rewrites and rethinks the many-layered concept of citizenship by emphasising the performative tensions produced by various uses, occupations, interpretations and framings.


  • Open Access
  • Urbanism
  • Media
  • Culture
  • Postcolonial
  • Activism
  • Rights
  • Space
  • Diaspora
  • The state
  • Performance art

Editors and Affiliations

  • Berlin, Germany

    Paula Hildebrandt

  • Tanzplan Hamburg, K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Hamburg, Germany

    Kerstin Evert

  • FUNDUS Theater, Hamburg, Germany

    Sibylle Peters

  • University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle a.d. Saale, Germany

    Mirjam Schaub

  • HafenCity University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Kathrin Wildner, Gesa Ziemer

About the editors

Paula Hildebrandt works as a freelance filmmaker, photographer and writer in Berlin, Germany.

Kerstin Evert founded the choreographic centre K3 Tanzplan Hamburg in 2006, and has been its artistic director since then.

Sibylle Peters is a researcher, a performance artist, and the founder and director of the Forschungstheater at the FUNDUS THEATER in Hamburg, Germany.

Mirjam Schaub is Professor of Philosophy at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle, Germany.

Kathrin Wildner is Professor in the Department of Metropolitan Culture at HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany, and Visiting Professor at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.

Gesa Ziemer is Professor for Cultural Theory and Practices and Vice President in the Research Department at the HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

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