10th Baugh lecture on Sunday
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,