Transnational satire and the critique of globalisation: navigating comedic attack towards multiple targets, international networks, and contested accountability. / Enahoro, Carole.


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The satire of globalisation and its impact, though an urgent and crucial undertaking, is an emerging field that engages not with a single target, but with the failings of networks, systems, interdependencies, supply chains, and multi-sited institutions. Changing the focus of critique from single to multiple targets fundamentally changes how satire operates. Through creative practice and critical research, I explore how and if the transnational satirist can attack these sprawling, more entangled structures through humour.

In order to explore the complexities of this emerging genre, along with theoretical research I analyse the creative process of writing of a satirical novel about the trade of coltan, a conflict mineral from eastern Congo. It is used in electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops worldwide. Coltan is mined in an area in which over five million people have been killed, and where women/men/children are subjected to sexual violence, gang rape, and sexual mutilation, while the international community has been particularly touched by coltan mining’s encroachment on the habitat of endangered gorillas. The mineral is extracted by artisanal miners, whose livelihoods depend on its continued sale, yet its profits help to fund continuing conflict. Coltan is processed through a long supply chain that implicates not only Congo and adjacent countries, but China, and Europe/North America, and its value determined by tangential corporations. It is this nuanced and paradoxical network and its stakeholders that form my principal area of focus.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusIn preparation - 2020

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