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Biography

I joined King’s in Fall 2019 after my appointment as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. I finished my PhD in Drama at Exeter, after receiving Double Masters in International Performance Research from Warwick and Amsterdam.

My research focuses on gendered violence and feminist activism; decolonial approaches to contemporary performance; and the relationship between space, performance and their wider socio-political contexts. I am a co-convener of Performances in Public Spaces working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and a fellow of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC). I also serve on the Glynne Wickham Scholarship Subcommittee of the Standing Conference of the University Drama Departments, UK (SCUDD).

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Performance and the City
  • Transnational Gender Politics
  • Decolonial Pedagogies
  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Performance Histories of the Global South

At present, I am working on my first monograph that looks at urban performance cultures in contemporary Delhi. Interdisciplinary in nature, it analyses performance practice across a range of spectrums – street art, graffiti, community theatre, feminist performances, site-specific work, ritual theatre and video art. With Petra Bakos-Jarrett (University of Linköping, Sweden), Redi Koobak (University of Bergen, Norway), Nina Lykke (University of Linköping, Sweden), Madina Tlostanova (University of Linköping, Sweden) and Kharnita Mohamed (University of Cape Town, South Africa), I am co-editing a book on New Tools for Transnational Analysis in Intersectional Feminist Research, to be published with Routledge (2020).

My research so far has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UK-IERI); European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus funding; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Centre for Humanities Research, South Africa Research Fund; Glynne Wickham Award; the International Federation for Theatre Research conference bursary; travel support from International Association of Theatre Critics; and University of Leiden’s International Institute for Asian Studies.

Teaching

I convene and teach on the following modules at King’s –

Undergraduate:

  • Gender and Performance
  • Modern Theatre
  • Theatre and Politics in the 20th and 21st Century
  • Writing Race, Writing Gender

Postgraduate:

  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Performance Lab

Selected publications

  • 'Be a little Careful: Women, Violence and Performance in India’, New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 3-18.
  • "Left to 'biyaasi number': Cultural Activism and Political Street Theatre in Delhi", Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 71-90.
  • 'Walk(ing) in India and South Africa: Notes towards a Transnational Feminist Politics', in Sruti Bala and Mark Fleishman (eds.), Translation and Performance in an Era of Global Asymmetries, special issue in South African Theatre Journal. Forthcoming.
  • ‘Walking at Midnight: Women and Danger on Delhi’s Streets’, in WalkingLab (ed.), Walking in/as Publics, special issue in Journal of Public Pedagogies. Forthcoming.
  • 'Dissident Solidarities: Power, Pedagogy, Care', in Judith Rudakoff (ed.), Performing #Metoo: How Not to Look Away. London: Intellect, 2019. Forthcoming.