By Dunja Njaradi
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Understanding Postsocialism: Identity and Hybridity In the poststructuralist discussions surrounding the intersections of art, politics, and literature the critical resistance position was given to the marginalized identities and voices that were often unrepresented in Western hegemonic discourse. Thus, hybrid identities, ‘border identities’ that transgress or blur the border between self and the ‘Other’, were deemed subversive as they disrupt the binary logic of Western modernist thought. For instance, Kompridis argues that: Although [hybridity] is a concept neither uniformly understood nor uniformly applied … it is predominantly deployed as a boundary-subverting, unquestionably transgressive, critical tool [and it] has undergone a premature, largely unnoticed normativization, thereby making available a framework within which the political claims of culture can be tamed and domesticated.
Modernist approaches are seen as those that combine detailed description/formal analysis of a dance piece and historical contextualization. According to Jackson (1994), this kind of approach is exemplified in the early writing of Janet Adshead in which she argues for a so-called ‘dance-based dance theory’. Adshead writes that: ‘much of what a choreographer does is, of necessity, a product of her or his training, the techniques that that person has studied, the works they have danced in and seen and the conventions and traditions that these derive from’ (Adshead, 1987, cited in Jackson, 1994:3).
In this conception, the Second World silently became part of the First and has nothing to offer to First and to Third World scholarships. Many ‘Second World’, Eastern European scholars argue for the necessity of dialogue among scholars traditionally assigned to deal with the First, Second, or Third Worlds. In the introductory note to a collection of essays on Eastern Europe, Sibelan Forrester, Magdalena J. Zaborovska and Elena Gapova call on Eastern European scholars to introduce interdisciplinary approaches deploying concepts of cultural studies, African American Studies, and postcolonial studies.
Backstage Economies: Labour and Masculinities in Contemporary European Dance by Dunja Njaradi