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Migration and Performance in Contemporary Ireland

Towards a New Interculturalism


Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Charlotte McIvor
    Pages 1-36
  3. Intercultural Production Infrastructures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
  4. Producing the Intercultural Subject

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Charlotte McIvor
      Pages 117-152
  5. Intercultural Publics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Charlotte McIvor
      Pages 181-212
  6. Charlotte McIvor
    Pages 255-265
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-296

About this book


This book investigates Ireland’s translation of interculturalism as social policy into aesthetic practice and situates the wider implications of this ‘new interculturalism’ for theatre and performance studies at large.

Offering the first full-length, post-1990s study of the effect of large-scale immigration and interculturalism as social policy on Irish theatre and performance, McIvor argues that inward-migration changes most of what can be assumed about Irish theatre and performance and its relationship to national identity. By using case studies that include theatre, dance, photography, and activist actions, this book works through major debates over aesthetic interculturalism in theatre and performance studies post-1970s and analyses Irish social interculturalism in a contemporary European social and cultural policy context.  Drawing together the work of professional and community practitioners who frequently identify as both artists and activists, Migration and Performance in Contemporary Ireland proposes a new paradigm for the study of Irish theatre and performance while contributing to the wider investigation of migration and performance.  


Irish theatre Irishness performance studies nationalism and theatre theatre for social change J. M. Synge Celtic Tiger multiculturalism ethnic diversity postcolonialism ethnic minority unity in diversity cultural adaptation participant-observer ethnic communities international festivals immigration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Drama and Theatre StudiesNational University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

About the authors

Charlotte McIvor is a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.  She is the co-editor of Staging Intercultural Ireland: Plays and Practitioner Perspectives (with Matthew Spangler) and Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice (with Siobhán O’Gorman).  She has published in Modern Drama, Irish University Review, Irish Studies Review and multiple edited volumes on contemporary theatre and performance. 

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