Socialist Materialist Feminist Theatre in post-colonial spaces (India) - Interactions and Intersectionality: Professor Bishnupriya Dutt

Socialist Materialist Feminist Theatre in post-colonial spaces (India) - Interactions and Intersectionality: Professor Bishnupriya Dutt

Glasgow Theatre Seminar
Date: Friday 26 April 2024
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre
Category: Public lectures, Academic events
Speaker: Professor Bishnupriya Dutt

About the talk

Post-colonial Indian theatre, particularly the feminist theatre (1980-2010) responded critically in theatrical terms to the impoverishment, sexual violence and increasing marginalization of the weaker sections of society, and at the intersections of such exclusions the women’s questions. Focusing on some critical works by major women directors, the lecture dwells on how they shaped a socialist materialist aesthetics, strategies to address sexism and gender normativity, while impacting on professional practices such as casting and rehearsals. It reveals the extent to which Indian feminist theatre-makers have participated in worldwide feminist debates and highlights their contribution to inter-subjective encounters between post-colonial feminist practices and feminist theatre in the UK.

Bishnupriya Dutt is Professor of Theatre and Performance studies, in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi India. Her area of research includes politics and theatre, feminist readings of Indian Theatre, Contemporary performance practices and popular culture. Her most recent publications include Maya Rao and Indian Feminist Theatre (Cambridge, 2022); ‘Post-colonial imaginations: Afro-Asian dialogues in the past and present’ in Miriam Haughton et al eds: Theatre, Performance and Commemoration(Methuen, 2023). She has also led a number of international project collaborations with University of Warwick, Freie Universitat, Berlin and University of Cologne. She is currently the President of the International Federation for Theatre Research. She was a distinguished fellow at Temporal Community, EXC2020 (2023), F.U. Berlin and at present a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the RCSSD, London.

About the Glasgow Theatre Seminar

The Glasgow Theatre Seminar is a recurring series of talks, discussions and other events hosted by Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. Drawing together researchers, theatre makers and other artists, the seminar is a public forum for exploring theatre and performance in the past, present and future, as well as the relationships between scholarship and practice.

Though the series covers a wide range of topics, the programme often reflects the work of Theatre Studies at Glasgow’s two research hubs: Dramaturgy as Critical Practice and Performance, Ecology and Heritage.

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