My work exists at the convergence of performance and visual culture, feminist theory, Black Studies, and dramaturgies of urban space in the Global South. It considers how different forms of performance and artistic production challenge colonial histories, epistemologies, and their corresponding debris.


Other Publications

Selected essays

‘Fugitive Aesthetics: Performing Refusal in Four Acts’, in Injury and Intimacy: In the Wake of #MeToo in India and South Africa, ed. by Nicky Falkoff, Shilpa Phadke and Srila Roy. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2022.

‘A Place Called Home’, Wasafiri (2022).

‘A Manifesto to Decentre Theatre and Performance Studies’, Studies in Theatre and Performance 41.1 (2021): 12-20.

Walk in India and South Africa: Notes towards a decolonial and transnational feminist politics‘, in Mark Fleishman and Sara Matchett (eds.), Translation and Performance in an Era of Global Asymmetries special issue, South African Theatre Journal 32.2 (2020): 14-33.

Walking at Midnight: Women and Danger on Delhi’s Streets‘, in WalkingLab (ed.), Walking in/as Publics, special issue in Journal of Public Pedagogies 4 (2019).

Book Reviews

Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times, Contemporary Theatre Review 28.3

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’, TaPRA 2023.

    ‘Border-crossings: performance studies wanderings’, panel with Diana Damian Martin, Anika Marschall and Azadeh Sharifi, PSi 2023.





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