Performing Specters of Imperialism: Affect, Terror, and the Body in Naveed Mir's The Cinco Sanders Show
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dr. Amira Jarmakani
Dr. Tiffany King
Dr. Susan Talburt
Examining the work of Pakistani-American performance artist Naveed Mir’s The Cinco Sanders Show, this thesis explores Mir’s work as conjuring the specters of the terrorist, tortured, and targeted bodies of the U.S. war on terror and unpacks ghosting/haunting as a primary technology of U.S. imperialism. Through close readings of Mir’s characters Party Mummy and Mohammed the Plumber, I argue that Mir’s affective performance style evokes and complicates what I refer to as the three decorporealizing logics of the war on terror: the body-made-threat, the body-made-target, and the body-made torture. Understanding these processes as violent forms of racialization that take shape in the construction of the terrorist other, the tortured Guantánamo Bay detainee, and those brown bodies targeted and killed by U.S. drone strikes, I explore the relationship between these forms of decorporealizing racialization and everyday forms of racialization, which call into question modern understandings of the body itself.
Miller, Andrea, "Performing Specters of Imperialism: Affect, Terror, and the Body in Naveed Mir's The Cinco Sanders Show." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2014.