My work exists at the convergence of performance and visual culture, feminist theory, Black studies, and dramaturgies of urban life. I am invested in recovering, and engaging with, performance and visual art histories of artists and activists in the Global South, which tend to be marginalised in Anglophone institutional archives. Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, I am working on a monograph on urban performance cultures in contemporary Delhi.

I am a co-convener of Performance in Public Spaces working group of IFTR.

Other Publications

Journal Articles

Be a little Careful: Women, Violence and Performance in India’, New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge) 35.1

“Left to ‘biyaasi number'”: Cultural Activism and Political Street Theatre in Delhi’, Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge) 29.1

Walk(ing) in India and South Africa: Notes towards a deolonia and transnational feminist politics’, in Sruti Bala and Mark Fleishman (eds.), Translation and Performance, special issue in South African Theatre Journal 32.2

‘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.

Book Chapters

‘Dissident Solidarities: Power, Pedagogy, Care’, in Judith Rudakoff (ed.), Performing #Metoo: How Not to Look Away. London: Intellect. In Press.

Book Reviews

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

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