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Dossier Du corps à l’image. La réinvention des performances culturelles en Océanie

The body and its image: reinventing cultural performances in Oceania in an era of globalization

Aurélie Condevaux, Géraldine Le Roux and Laura Schuft
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Du corps à l’image. Repenser les performances culturelles en Océanie à l’ère de la mondialisation

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Cultural performances: mirrors of society or generative of social change
A change of paradigm for rethinking cultural performances?
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In an era of globalization and new communication technologies, and in a present profoundly marked by colonial histories, how can we consider cultural performances in Oceania today? What do the staging and broadcasting of Oceanian cultures reveal or convey? What interpretative frameworks allow us to comprehend the social, political and cultural processes taking place both on and behind the scenes? Through these questions, this special issue of the JSO seeks to renew the prism of analysis on a much-studied topic: performances of the body and culture in Oceania.

In accordance with recent anthropological work, the term “performance” is used here to designate a variety of practices, in particular songs and dances (Glowczewski and Henry, 2007), theatre (Preaud, 2007) and even sequences of words and gestures accompanying the presentation of visual art. Performances can be defined as the “intentional development of expressive skills before an audience” (Castellani, 2007: 74, our translation...

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Aurélie Condevaux, Géraldine Le Roux and Laura Schuft, « The body and its image: reinventing cultural performances in Oceania in an era of globalization », Le Journal de la Société des Océanistes [Online], 142-143 | 2016, Online since 31 December 2016, connection on 21 June 2018. URL :

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About the authors

Aurélie Condevaux

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, EIREST,

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Géraldine Le Roux

Université de Bretagne Occidentale, CRBC,

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Laura Schuft

Université Côte d’Azur, LAMHESS, France,

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