Re-enacting Angkorian grandeur in postcolonial Cambodia (1953–70)
cultural performances à la Angkorienne within
Sihanouk’s strategies of cultural diplomacy 10 will be
We will conceptualise these performative genres as
highly creative, but also – in line with Elin
Diamond’s definition – as ‘contested spaces
where meanings and desires are generated, occluded, or multiply
interpreted’. 11 In cultural
The Queen’s currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia’s south-eastern settler frontiers
currency of Queen Victoria, the British sovereign, among Kulin
Aboriginal peoples. 4 In this frontier encounter, seemingly
quotidian yet compelling enough for Adeney to record in his diary,
is revealed an intriguing sovereignty performance. In a scene
rendered as a theatrical vignette, Adeney showed the coin and tested
the small Aboriginal group when he asked if they
Explanations of working-class politics in Australia and Britain have traditionally been heavily rooted in domestic 'bread and butter', socio-economic factors, including the much-debated issue of social class. 'Traditional' and 'revisionist' accounts have greatly advanced our knowledge and understanding of labour movements in general and labour politics in particular. This book offers a pathbreaking comparative and trans-national study of the neglected influences of nation, empire and race. The study is about the development and electoral fortunes of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the British Labour Party (BLP) from their formative years of the 1900s to the elections of 2010. Based upon extensive primary and secondary source-based research in Britain and Australia over several years, the book makes a new and original contribution to the fields of labour, imperial and 'British world' history. It offers the challenging conclusion that the forces of nation, empire and race exerted much greater influence upon Labour politics in both countries than suggested by 'traditionalists' and 'revisionists' alike. Labour sought a more democratic, open and just society, but, unlike the ALP, it was not a serious contender for political and social power. In both countries, the importance attached to the politics of loyalism is partly related to questions of place and space. In both Australia and Britain the essential strength of the emergent Labour parties was rooted in the trade unions. The book also presents three core arguments concerning the influences of nation, empire, race and class upon Labour's electoral performance.
women of genteel persuasion. Their
performance was essential for their psychological well-being and any erosion of their
gentility would render them adrift in landscapes socially as well as geographically
The concentration in this work on the place and value of the subject’s
material culture has provided a means of reading not only the processes of the construction
of this newly situated identity, but also the very mechanisms by which subjectivity found
expression. Critics of material culture studies may assert
Photographic encounters between Dutch and Indonesian royals
Hamengku Buwono VIII made perhaps the most emphatic point of his absence by declining to include a single portrait of himself in the album gifts he sent to Wilhelmina in 1923 and Juliana in 1937. Instead, his albums showed wayang wong (dance drama) performances held at the Yogyakarta kraton in their honour. In doing so, he complied with the necessity of celebrating the Dutch monarchy without having to negotiate the Dutch-inflected customs and rituals that Javanese royals were increasingly drawn into at celebrations for the House of Orange. This is not to say that
organise: mast- and rope-climbing races, timed obstacle courses and other feats of skill (see figure 3.5 ). In the evenings an aircraft hangar served as the festival hall where men took their meals and watched performances, including a komedi bangsawan (Malay opera).
De Hoog's camera also recorded the performance of various dances associated with particular ethnic groups that were increasingly appropriated for koninginnedag celebrations: for instance, the kuda kepang , or ‘bamboo horse’ dance, the hallmark of
I have organised this study around a central concern
with elections and the performances of the ALP and the BLP in these elections. This has enabled me to meet three key
objectives. First, to impose order and coherence upon a vast and sometimes unwieldy mass of
primary and secondary material. Second, to compare and contrast continuities, changes,
similarities and differences in Labour and anti-Labour attitudes and policies towards the
factors of empire, nation, race and
tours, the monarch was only rarely honoured in person.
Yet scholars of royal festivals have been resolute on the efficacy of spectacle and performance in the ‘invention of traditions’ to legitimise British monarchs and their representatives before their colonial subjects, and to cement allegiances with Indigenous aristocrats.
What is missing from this scholarship on both the British and Dutch empires is a treatment of how ritual involving images of European
that he himself had witnessed Macartney's performance of sangui jiukou in 1793; for another, no matter what form of respect Macartney had paid to the previous emperor, that precedent was not to govern proceedings on the present occasion. Five days later, however, when the two parties met for the second time, the dukes’ attitude had become much more courteous. Ho first asked what the British side expected from this mission. After Amherst informed him of the various wishes entertained by the EIC and the British government, Ho suggested that all these expectations
according to his own series numbers. They showed the celebration of Prince Bernhard's birthday in Jembrana in June 1946, and the celebration of Queen's Day for Wilhelmina in Penebel and Negara later that same year.
In the album that Dronkers entitled ‘Queen's Day … in a liberated land’, he showed koninginnedag as an affair of mast-climbing competitions, music performances and a feast for two thousand children.
His notes also detailed the spontaneous local establishment of a night guard