Staging a State

Pace, M. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


Prof M Pace will deliver a presentation on her co-authored book The Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft during which she will reflect on the connection between Judith Butler's notion of performativity and the PA's governing mechanisms. She will also discuss her experiences of carrying out field work in occupied Palestinian territory. The development of the work Staging a State revolves around concepts of decolonisation, statecraft, the unfolding of identity in time and space, performativity and perspective. It is less about what is being said and thought of, as of which perspective and power position it is being said and thought from. The clearing, blurring and blinding decolonial process of finding and changing perspectives is mirrored in the stage universe we work with. Staging a State aims to address the unifying trauma of decolonisation through staging of personal and individual experiences and stories, connected to the concept. CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Georgia Kapodistria RESEARCH & PERFORMANCE Denise Lim, Jon Hoff, Louise Paolo de Venecia Gile, Thjerza Balaj SCENOGRAPHY & COSTUMES Birkedal/Bartholin
Period10 Dec 202012 Dec 2020
Event titleMicro Festival/Fonden Roskilde Festival: Staging a State
Event typeOther
LocationRoskilde, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Palestine
  • settler colonialism
  • statecraft
  • performativity
  • Judith Butler
  • decolonization
  • identity
  • memory
  • temporality
  • spatiality
  • power
  • trauma