Unhappy performatives of statehood: Staging incompatible narratives of Eritrea through academic conferences

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Abstract

In this article I analyze two conferences held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Eritrean independence as "unhappy performatives" in J. L. Austin's sense. My analysis is based on my personal and emotional investment in both conferences - a position that gave me a unique understanding. Using a performance studies lens offers new ways of understanding the dynamics of the scholarship about international politics thereby contributing to wider debates on how performances of truths often replace truth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-118
JournalTDR - The Drama Review - A Journal of Performance Studies
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2020

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  • Global Development Institute

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