National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Max Mastrosavvas
Artistic Director, Theatro Oneiron Inc, South Australia

Hybridizing Identity

Basically, the proposal will be put that the existing definitions of what constitutes "Greekness" should be examined from the point of who constructs them and why. These views may indeed need to be broader than we permit ourselves in Australia currently. This position will be argued from the perspective of active experiences through literature and specifically dramatic texts. Some of these texts may be Greek-Australian generated and others belong to the canon of Greek literary history. "Inclusivity" may mean embracing international developments in Greek literature and performance. Promoting the image of contemporary Greek themes may mean employing the media/marketing strategies of "mainstream" agencies. The "Cultural Activism" coined by Peter Sellars may mean more organised strategies become necessary when profiling identity. What are the implications culturally and economically of these proposals?

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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