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Mobilizing Workers Poetry

A Pedagogical Journal

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 2024


Under lockdown in a boarding school in China, students staged a performance based on poetry written by Chinese migrant workers. The poems guided an exploration of biotechnical interdependencies in and between local and global environments and the composition of the resistance script and movement score of laboring bodies embedded in the poems.

Special Issue Still Exhausted: Labor, Digital Technologies, and the Performing Arts
© The Author(s), 2024. Published by Cambridge University Press for Tisch School of the Arts/NYU

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