10th Baugh lec­ture on Sun­day

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DR NANDI Bha­tia, lead­ing scholar of post­colo­nial theatre, will de­liver the 10th Ed­ward Baugh Dis­tin­guished Lec­ture on Sun­day Novem­ber 27th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Neville Hall Lec­ture Theatre (N1) at the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. The event will be hosted by the Depart­ment of Lit­er­a­tures in English and the Depart­ment of Mod­ern Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures. Bha­tia has ti­tled her talk ‘Dra­matic Con­tests and Colo­nial Con­texts on the Indian Stage’.

Bha­tia is a pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of English and as­so­ciate dean of re­search and grad­u­ate stud­ies in the Fac­ulty of Arts and Hu­man­i­ties at West­ern Univer­sity in Lon­don, On­tario, Canada.

Her ground­break­ing re­search has di­rected long-over­due at­ten­tion to the cru­cial role of theatre and per­for­mance prac­tice in bring­ing po­lit­i­cal strug­gles to the pub­lic sphere in colo­nial and post­colo­nial In­dia. In­ter­ven­ing in a field dom­i­nated by dis­cus­sions of the post­colo­nial novel, her re­search es­tab­lished theatre as a vi­tal site of re­sis­tance to colo­nial au­thor­ity, class struc­tures and patriarchy. In ad­di­tion to his­tor­i­cally grounded and richly par­tic­u­larised stud­ies of the­atri­cal per­for­mance in In­dia, Bha­tia’s re­search ex­tends to the South Asian di­as­pora, ex­plor­ing theatre in global and tran­scul­tural con­texts.

Recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to the fields of post­colo­nial per­for­mance and fem­i­nist stud­ies, her re­search has been sup­ported by ma­jor grants from the gov­ern­ments of Canada and In­dia, as well as West­ern Univer­sity.

She is the au­thor of two books,

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