Performance and Performativity in Modern South Asia: An Interdisciplinary Pre-Conference

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Annual Conference on South Asia
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Call for Papers and Performances:

Performance and Performativity in Modern South Asia: An Interdisciplinary Pre-Conference

October 26, 2017
Madison, WI

This preconference approaches ‘performance’ as both a rich object of analysis and a theoretical framework for the study of South Asian culture and praxis. In so doing, it demands a dedicated engagement with the diverse forms of performance in South Asia ­– including but not limited to theatre, performance art, dance, music, and performativity. The use of performance as both a tool and an object of analysis is an often under-represented field within the discipline of South Asian Studies, and we seek in this conference to emphasize its importance to topics as diverse as government bureaucracy, feminist protest, and recuperative historiography. By invoking performance as a conceptual category, we illuminate the potential for performative modes of reading and analysis to generate new understandings of the articulations of caste, class, gender and sexuality within South Asia. Given the wide scope of this preconference, we hope to attract scholars and performers from a range of disciplines and sub-fields, uniting them around the question of what performance can do for the study of Modern South Asia.

Possible topics include:
Feminist protest and performativity
Neoliberal frameworks in performance
Theater as historiography
The relationship between performance, memory and the archive
Performance and community: questions of ‘nation,’ ‘culture,’ and belonging
Interculturalism/global networks and the circulation of performance
Performance and the question of caste
Performing queer identities.
Dance, movement, and the circulation of affect
Theater and dance in the diaspora

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a bio of no more than 100 words by June 15, 2017 to Jisha Menon, Kat Frances Lieder, and Sharvari Sastry at Please also include any technical needs your presentation may have. We will do our best to accommodate.