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‘Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Promise’: Performing a Pan-ASEAN Archipelagic Identity at Age 50

  • William Peterson
  • Reagan Romero Maiquez
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Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Abstract

An analysis of the summit’s principal public performances, namely the Gala Dinner and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, reflect how a pan-ASEAN identity and politics were imagined and performed in ways that create a virtual, coherent, and regionally constituted archipelago where cultural flows, real and imagined, link states and geographical locations. We interrogate these performances through archipelagic frames to unpack the construction of a pan-ASEAN character and politics. Ultimately, we propose a pan-ASEAN identity seen through the politics and theatre of the summit as an archipelago that extends Southeast Asia to other locations, an identity reflecting the region’s history as a postcolonial intervention and invention of previous imperial forces, while subject to the global forces of neoliberalism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Peterson
    • 1
  • Reagan Romero Maiquez
    • 2
  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Philippine Studies Network in AustraliaMelbourneAustralia

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