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Radical Beauty for Troubled Times: Involuntary Displacement and the (Un)Making of Home


Radical Beauty for Troubled Times: Involuntary Displacement and the (Un)Making of Home

Neumark, Devora (2013) Radical Beauty for Troubled Times: Involuntary Displacement and the (Un)Making of Home. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examines the relationship between forced dislocation and home beautification practices. It is the result of an interdisciplinary approach and an arts-based methodology. At the heart of this work lies a double-interrogation: how is the daily appreciation and manipulation of one’s belongings crucial to the experience of creating home anew following forced dislocation and in what ways do these home beautification practices and the repetition of stylized narratives—and other personal and cultural stories of home and its loss—contribute to the perpetuation of violence in places where home is contested?

Home’s properties, associations, and manifestations (or lack-there-of) in the political, cultural, emotional, and embodied realms are investigated using a wide array of materials, including the presentation and analysis of a series of live art events that I convened within the tenure of this cycle of research-creation, historical community pageants, personal stories of home and its loss, as well as salient aspects of housing theory and trauma studies.

This research-creation process leads towards the realisation that deliberate attention paid to the material and immaterial cultures of home may either help transform the traumas of displacement or create new ones. And that furthermore, the beautification of one’s home interior and surroundings is heavily involved in the sense-making process of the (un)making of home.

Divisions:Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Neumark, Devora
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Date:15 April 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Bhagwati, Sandeep and Jim, Alice Ming Wai and Kuppers, Petra
Keywords:Third Realm beauty, migratory aesthetics, “The Jewish Home Beautiful”, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, research-creation, arts-based research, live art performance, dialogical art, displacement, homemaking, home, home beautification.
ID Code:977138
Deposited On:17 Jun 2013 18:53
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43
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