This book examines the enactment of gendered in/equalities across diverse cultural forms, turning to the insights produced through the specific modes of onto-epistemological enquiry of embodied performance. It builds on work from the GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe) project and offers both theoretical and methodological analyses of an array of activities and artworks. The performative manifestations discussed include theatre, installations, social movements, mega-events, documentaries, and literary texts from multiple geopolitical locales. Engaging with the key concepts of re-enactment and relationality, the contributions explore the ways in which in/equalities are relationally re-produced in and through individual and collective bodies. This multi- and trans-disciplinary collection of essays creates fruitful dialogues within and beyond Performance Studies, sitting at the crossroads of ethnography, event studies, social movements, visual studies, critical discourse analysis, and contemporary approaches to textualities emerging from post-colonial and feminist studies.
Table of Contents
1 Performing Cultures of Equality
Emilia María Durán-Almarza, Carla Rodríguez-González and Suzanne Clisby
PART I Embodying (In)Equalities
2 Honey Pot Performance’s Black Feminist Praxis: Embodiments of Collaboration and Collectivity
Meida Teresa McNeal
3 The Performance of Black Young Masculinity in Bola Agbaje’s and Mojisola Adebayo’s Council-Estate Plays
Paola Prieto López
4 Art’s Political Potential and the Violence That the Art Does. On the Performative Operations of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Guests (2016)
Dorota Golańska and Aleksandra Różalska
Part II Visualizing (In)Equalities
5 Tinted Visions: Performing Equalities Through Festive Decorations in LGBT-Themed Events in Hull (UK City of Culture 2017)
6 Social Media Reverberations of Feminist Assemblies: Reflections After Non una di Meno’s Verona transfemminista Rally
7 Gender-Based Violence and the Performance of Masculinity: A Comparative Analysis of the Documentary Films Ma l’amore c’entra? and Serás hombre
Orianna Calderón Sandoval and Adelina Sánchez Espinosa
PART III Inscribing (In)Equalities
8 Strangers, Persisters, and Killjoys: Confronting Gender Inequality through Performance Poetry
Esther Álvarez López
9 Imperialism’s Performative Technologies: Race, Gender, and Wearable Devices in Aliette De Bodard’s ‘Immersion’
10 Figures of a Gender Now Upon Us: The Transfeminine in Contemporary Queer Fiction from the Philippines
Emilia María Durán-Almarza is Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Oviedo.
Carla Rodríguez González is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, French and German Studies of the University of Oviedo.
Suzanne Clisby is Professor of Gender Studies in the Centre for Global Learning (GLEA) at Coventry University, Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Global Gender and Cultures of Equality (GlobalGRACE) Project (2017-2021) and Co-Editor of the Journal of Gender Studies.