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Joscelyn Jurich: Performing
Performing "Karama": Abounaddara’s Emergency Cinema in Theory and Praxis
(p. 243 – 296)

Joscelyn Jurich

Performing "Karama": Abounaddara’s Emergency Cinema in Theory and Praxis

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  • Think Art
  • performance
  • Human rights
  • collective memory
  • justice
  • violence
  • politics

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Joscelyn Jurich

is a PhD candidate in Communications at Columbia University and an adjunct lecturer in Media Studies at New York University. Her writing on the visual arts, film and photography has appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture, Studies in Documentary Film and Afterimage. Her research addresses global visual culture in conflict and post-conflict contexts and probes the relationships between artistic and political praxis, narrative, the process of artistic creation under “emergency” and “crisis” conditions and the potential of the visual arts as media, cultural and socio-political critique.
Liliana Gómez (ed.): Performing Human Rights

The invisibilization of political violence, its material traces and spatial manifestations, characterize (post)conflict situations. Yet counter-semantics and dissonant narratives that challenge this invisibility have been articulated by artists, writers, and human rights activists that increasingly seek to contest the related historical amnesia. Adopting “performance” as a concept that is defined by repetitive, aesthetic practices—such as speech and bodily habits through which both individual and collective identities are constructed and perceived (Susan Slyomovics)—this collection addresses various forms of performing human rights in transitional situations in Spain, Latin America, and the Middle East. Bringing scholars together with artists, writers, and curators, and working across a range of disciplines, Performing Human Rights addresses these instances of omission and neglect, revealing how alternate institutional spaces and strategies of cultural production have intervened in the processes of historical justice and collective memory.


With contributions by Zahira Aragüete-Toribio, Pauline Bachmann, Vikki Bell, Liliana Gómez, Joscelyn Jurich, Uriel Orlow, Friederike Pannewick, Elena Rosauro, Dorota Sajewska, Stephenie Young.