Caste and Performance 


May 24, 2024  

10-11:30am PST 


Location:  Zoom 




Sajan Mani is an Interdisciplinary artist hailing from a family of rubber tappers in a remote village in the northern part of Keralam, South India. His work voices the issues of marginalized and oppressed peoples of India, via the “Black Dalit body” of the artist. Mani’s performance practice insists upon embodied presence, confronting pain, shame, fear, and power. His personal tryst with his body as a meeting point of history and present opens onto “body” as socio-political metaphor. 


Shailaja Paik is a distinguished Taft Professor of History and Associate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies (University of Cincinnati, OH). Her second book The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity in Modern India (Stanford University Press, 2022) focuses on the politics of caste, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture in modern Maharashtra. 


Jyotsna Siddharth is the Country Director at Gender at Work India Trust. Their work includes advising non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organisations on DEI, feminist systems, work cultures, and narrative shifts. Jyotsna is also an independent artist, actor, writer, and producer with works highlighting gender, intersectionality, anti-caste, queer, minority rights, race and disabilities perspectives. 



The panel is part of the Caste and Corporeality conference.  


Co-sponsored by UCHRI, CIS, Department of Dance, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


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