indonesian trans-identified persons

Performing Waria: Genre as Technology for Shaping Trans-Identity in Indonesia

Paige Morgan Johnson
Studio 2

This event has been postponed to follow University policies that have been put in place in light of new developments related to the coronavirus.

In this talk, performance scholar Paige Morgan Johnson discusses her decade-long research on contemporary Indonesian performance practice, queer cabaret scene, and waria (an Indonesian term for transgender women). Johnson will describe the function of genre within contemporary Indonesian performance practices as a means of showing how queer and transgender bodies in Indonesia shape, and are shaped by, performance.

The aesthetic conventions of drag, for example, offer waria ways to perform the complex relationship between local understandings of Trans*-ness and global, predominantly Western, iterations of nonbinary embodiment. Of special interest are the ways waria entertainers perform the racialized femininity of Black pop stars—a practice that enables movement across affective, cultural, and geographic borders.

Paige Morgan Johnson is Assistant Professor of Performance & Race in the Department of Theater at Barnard College/ Columbia University.

Refreshments will be served.

Main Image: Performing Waria: Genre As Technology For Shaping Trans-Identity In Indonesia. Photo: Paige Morgan Johnson.

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Performing Waria: Genre as Technology for Shaping Trans-Identity in Indonesia
Paige Morgan Johnson
Tuesday 24
6:00 PM
March 2020
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EMPAC Spring 2020

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EMPAC Spring 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media.