Swati Arora



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Drama
Department: Humanities

I am an Early Career Researcher in Theatre and Performance.

My research interests fall under the categories of theatre in India, gender and performance, South Asian urbanisms, cultural anthropology, postcolonial theatre and literature, human geography, performance and the city, urban ethnography, religion in public spaces. I engage with these interdisciplinary interests through my active involvement with the Performance in Public Spaces working group of the International Federation of Theatre Research. I was a convener of the same for 2011-2013.

I completed a dual Masters in International Performance Research at the universities of Warwick and Amsterdam with the support of a generous grant from the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship. My PhD, undertaken at the University of Exeter and funded by UKIERI grant, focused on Indian theatre practices, both contemporary and historical, and their negotiation with the urban spatiality of Delhi. I am currently developing this work for publication as a monograph. 

My current research looks at the relationship between contemporary cultural activism and its relationship with the Left party politics in India. This is a part of the British Academy funded international project 'Cultures of the Left: Performances and Manifestations' between the University of Warwick and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and involves colleagues from India, UK, Latin America, USA, Eastern and Southern Europe and China.