Humanitarian Performance

From Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War

James Thompson

Humanitarian Performance
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James Thompson

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236 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780857421098 Published June 2014 World sales rights except India
As the world is challenged by a state of constant conflict and by disasters natural and manmade, support communities endeavor through humanitarianism to overcome human suffering and help to build more peaceful and safe futures.
Humanitarian Performance argues that the humanitarian project—from its history and rationale to its contemporary practice—can be productively explored through the critical lens of performance studies. Using the outpouring of international support for projects to benefit survivors of the Asian tsunami, the War in Kosovo, and the crisis in Darfur as case studies, this timely volume explores humanitarian attention to these narratives and the stories of tragedy and survival that emerge. With the peculiar focus and international audiences that the media brings to local tragedies, these contemporary disasters—and the humanitarianism that they elicit— become performance on the world stage.

Preface: ‘Looking for Libeskind’
Part 1: Humanitarian Performance
1. The Shape of the Show
2. From Consequentialism to the Theatre of Bare Life
Part 2: Humanitarian Performance Events
3. Kosovo: Simultaneous Truths and the Stages of War
4. Darfur and the Unhappy Performative
5. The Asian Tsunami: Photogenic Aid and the Pressure to Be There
Afterword: ‘Haiti’
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