Somewhere to call home: Refugee performance and the (re)creating of identity.

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Title Somewhere to call home: Refugee performance and the (re)creating of identity.
Author Balfour, Michael St Clair
Publication Title Commissioned/invited working paper
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Griffith Inistitue of Educational Research
Abstract This working paper explores performance activities used by and with refugee groups as part of their effort to continue to process experiences. Within this area of refugee studies, performance activities can be conceptualised as: “...gathering points that create a momentary sense of community” (Balfour, Hughes, & Thompson, 2009, in press). I will discuss two projects, one based in Logan City, Queensland working with new humanitarian entrants from Africa and the other a multiethnic project, Exodus, which used participatory photography, performance, and a combustible sculpture to explore the impact of migration in Margate, a seaside town in the UK. The paper assesses some strategies in how arts practice can engage individuals and groups from a refugee background, and explores the different ways in which the arts attempt to respond to issues of bicultural adjustment, social integration, and experiences of displacement.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
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Date Accessioned 2009-02-05
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Publication Type Major Reviews/Reports
Publication Type Code d

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