Aren’t We Human?

  • Gabriel Varghese


Spanning the last two decades, this chapter discusses several case studies to illustrate how theatre-makers resist colonial abjection by means of a process of ‘re-epidermalization.’ Efforts aimed at disidentification from the Zionist public sphere, and its narrative of erasure, are presented as processes of international solidarity formation. As shown through the case studies, Palestinian theatre-makers are able to mobilize wider participation and support for their struggle by engaging global publics. By adopting different approaches, such as fostering collective memory and constructing counter-histories, theatrical performances and theatre spaces ultimately function as sites of political mobilization. The chapter concludes that through theatre, Palestinians are able to call attention to their abjection and, at the same time, disidentify with the very processes by which they are rendered abject.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Varghese
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  1. 1.The Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant)East JerusalemPalestine, State of

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