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Performing the Secular

Religion, Representation, and Politics

  • Milija Gluhovic
  • Jisha Menon


  • Includes a Foreword from Rustom Bharucha

  • Examines the uneasy fit between secularism and democratic pluralism

  • Argues that public culture must be re-imagined and re-forged through public performative practices


Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

About this book


With a foreword from Rustom Bharucha, this book is a timely anthology which aims to unsettle our habituated modes of thinking about the place of the secular in cultural productions. The last decade alone has witnessed many religious protests against cultural productions, which have led, in some cases, to the closure of theatre and opera performances. Threats to artists led to the exile of Indian painter, MF Husain, and murder of Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh, the controversy over the depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 led to the cancellation of performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo for the season.

Offering fresh and provocative readings that probe the limits and promise of secularity in relation to questions of performance, politics, and the public sphere, this book will be invaluable to scholars who seek to understand the dramatic rise of politicized theology in our new century.


Politics International Violence Free speech Blasphemy

Editors and affiliations

  • Milija Gluhovic
    • 1
  • Jisha Menon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Theatre and Performance StudiesStanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA

About the editors

Milija Gluhovic is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick, UK. His monograph Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics and an edited volume titled Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (with Karen Fricker) were published in 2013.

Jisha Menon is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University, USA. She is the author of The Performance of Nationalism: India, Pakistan, and the Memory of Partition (2013) and co-editor of Violence Performed (2009).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Performing the Secular
  • Book Subtitle Religion, Representation, and Politics
  • Editors Milija Gluhovic
    Jisha Menon
  • Series Title Contemporary Performance InterActions
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Performance InterActions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-49607-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-69769-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-49608-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXVI, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theatre and Performance Studies
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