The sexy maid in Indonesian migrant workers' activist theatre: subalternity, performance and witnessing | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1757-1979
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1987


The performances of Indonesian domestic workers in protests against the 2005 ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization included improvisatory dramas by an ad hoc theatre group of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Union which countered the experiences of servitude and objectification that were common to those workers. This article explores our responsibility as intercultural critics in receiving and interpreting these theatrical performances in terms of witnessing. Drawing on the double meaning of witnessing eyewitness testimony and bearing witness it discusses our responsibility to simultaneously affirm the dramas as testimony to the enactment of an enabling subject position to refigure experiences of objectification, and bear witness to the subaltern silences underlying the articulation. The ethical issues of the intercultural critic as witness are examined in the latter parts of the article.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error