Prarthana Purkayastha

Prarthana Purkayastha

Dr. Prarthana Purkayastha is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway University of London.

Dr. Prarthana Purkayastha is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway University of London. Her monograph Indian Modern Dance, Feminism and Transnationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) won the 2015 de la Torre Bueno Prize and the 2015 Outstanding Publication Award from the Dance Studies Association.

She is co-editor, with Anurima Banerji, of the Oxford Handbook of Indian Dance (under contract with Oxford University Press, New York); and co-editor, with Aoife McGrath, Tereza Havelkova and Marcus Tan, of Theatre Research International journal’s special issue on ‘Sounding Corporeality’ (forthcoming in 2021). Her publications have appeared in Dance Research Journal, Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review, Asian Theatre Journal, CLIO: Femmes, Genre et Histoire, South Asian Diaspora, South Asian Film and Media and South Asia Research; book chapters feature in volumes such as The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (2019), Dance Matters Too (Routledge, 2018) and Rethinking Dance History (2nd ed. Routledge, 2017).

Her second monograph, with the working title ‘Dance Remains’, is currently under development, and explores a decolonial method of reading dance images engaging historiography, visual culture, and critical theories on race, gender, sexuality and nationhood. Prarthana is committed to anti-racism, equality and inclusivity in higher education, and currently chairs Royal Holloway’s Black and Global Majority Staff Network.

Prarthana Purkayastha | Decolonizing Capture: Race, Photography and Dance

Keynote

Photographic documentation forms a significant part of many dance and performance archives, providing visual and material traces of events that once happened, or performers who once moved. Ontologically, however, dance and performance are understood to be exceptional because they are uncapturable (Peggy Phelan, 1993). Moreover, photographic capture is now understood to be a major tool […]

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