Demonstration as Performance: The Women's March in Washington and Sister Marches

Authors: Hanife Vardi Topal*, New Jersey Institute Of Technology
Topics: Women, Social Geography, Human Rights
Keywords: women rights, women's march, demonstration, performances, protests, urban geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In the 21st century, women have asked that their rights be recognized by demonstrating in public space and by using a variety of performative techniques. Besides the Women March in Washington, Women's Marches were held in more than sixty countries on January 21, 2017. This paper examines and compares performative aspects of the Women's March events, in three of these countries. The aspects of performances for comparisons of these events are: who participated; if and how participants were organized into groups; type of the public space; if and how the space is significant for the march; the type of events held; the manner of dressing; the content of signs; and what sounds were incorporated. Locations of Women's marches are compared: Washington, United States; Frankfurt, Germany; and New Delhi, India.

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