Infrastructural Performance: Reclaiming Social Relationality in Times of Structural Precarity

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Infrastructural Performance : Reclaiming Social Relationality in Times of Structural Precarity. / Schmidt, Cecilie Ullerup.

I: Nordic Theatre Studies, Bind 30, Nr. 1, 03.08.2018, s. 5-19.

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Schmidt, CU 2018, 'Infrastructural Performance: Reclaiming Social Relationality in Times of Structural Precarity', Nordic Theatre Studies, bind 30, nr. 1, s. 5-19. https://doi.org/10.7146/nts.v30i1.106915

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Schmidt, C. U. (2018). Infrastructural Performance: Reclaiming Social Relationality in Times of Structural Precarity. Nordic Theatre Studies, 30(1), 5-19. https://doi.org/10.7146/nts.v30i1.106915

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Schmidt CU. Infrastructural Performance: Reclaiming Social Relationality in Times of Structural Precarity. Nordic Theatre Studies. 2018 aug 3;30(1):5-19. https://doi.org/10.7146/nts.v30i1.106915

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Schmidt, Cecilie Ullerup. / Infrastructural Performance : Reclaiming Social Relationality in Times of Structural Precarity. I: Nordic Theatre Studies. 2018 ; Bind 30, Nr. 1. s. 5-19.

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