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Jane E. Goodman
Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Democracy and Cultural Exchange after the Arab Spring

Completion of an enhanced digital edition and book-length study that records and analyzes the intercultural exchange between an Algerian theater troupe and audiences in the United States.

In the humanities, intercultural exchange has been understood as a problem of translation not only between languages but also between cultures. I propose to explore problems of cultural translation, or the act of conveying one group’s history and experiences in terms that another group can understand. I do so via a study of an upcoming US government-sponsored tour by an Algerian theater troupe. The book follows the troupe from Algeria to the United States, showing how actors and audiences confront new views of their own and each other’s culture through theatrical performance. The book is envisioned as a multimedia work that will enable readers to experience (via embedded video) the events analyzed in the text as well as to explore links to primary research materials (such as theatrical scripts) that cannot be accessed via a traditional print book. The enhanced e-book is under contract with Indiana University Press.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Folklore and Folklife; Theater History and Criticism

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018