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Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labour

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Dr. Srinivasan presents a performative lecture from her interdisciplinary book Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor with singer Uthra Vijay

Dr. Srinivasan presents a performative lecture from her interdisciplinary book Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor with singer Uthra Vijay.

She uses performance as research to think through Indian dancers as transnational migrant workers and wage earners, who negotiate citizenship and gender issues through performative acts. Methodologically, Priya uses ethnography, history, critical race theory, performance and post-colonial studies to investigate the embodied experience of Indian dance as socio-politico-historical act/acts.  Shifting away from the usual emphasis on Indian women dancers as culture bearers of the Indian nation, she re-frames the movements of nineteenth century transnational hereditary Indian dancers as forms of unrecognized labour. In doing so, Priya proposes a transformative theory of dance, gendered-labor, and citizenship based on archival embodiment and kinesthetic repertoire.

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Venue

Boardroom

Venue Location

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

62-64 Eton Avenue
LondonGreater London, England NW3 3HY

Event price

Free, but booking essential

Event dates

31 May 2017 -

6:30pm to 7:30pm

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