Current Topics in Dance Research Colloquium Series and the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture Series In Critical Dance Studies and Dance-Making

UCR Department of Dance


Recast(e)ing South/Asian Dance and Performance

This year’s colloquium recasts South/Asian dance and performance through the lenses of caste, race, gender, sexuality, nation, migration, diaspora, and coloniality. Invited presenters include scholars, artists, scholar-artists, and artist-scholars whose work engages with South/Asian cultural production in India, Australia, the US, China, and the Caribbean. The colloquium will culminate in the annual Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture in Critical Dance Studies and Dance Making. 


Coordinated by Dr. Anusha Kedhar

Associate Professor of Critical Dance Studies


January 10-February 28, 2022

Mondays and occasional Thursdays

ONLINE – free and open to the public

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Monday, January 10

4-5:30 p.m. (PDT)

Shaista Patel, “Indian Americans Engulfing ‘American Indian’: Marking the ‘Dot Indians’’ Indianness through Genocide and Casteism in Diaspora”

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Thursday, January 20

12-1:30 p.m. (PDT)

Brahma Prakash, “The Nexus of the ‘Access’ and the ‘Excess’: Understanding the Erotic Move of the Marginalized Dancers and Singers in Northern India”

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Monday, January 24

4-5:30 p.m. (PDT)

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, “‘Speaking Like an Expert Lover’: Gendered Voice in the Telugu Padam

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Monday, January 31

4-5:30 p.m. (PDT)

Hentyle Yapp in conversation with Sarita Echavez See, “Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and the Aesthetic”

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Co-sponsors: Department of Dance, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Media & Cultural Studies, CIS Performing Difference Research Cluster


Monday, February 7

4-5:30 p.m. (PDT)

Priya Srinivasan, “Unruly Spectators in Unexpected Sites”

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Monday, February 14

4-5:30 p.m. (PDT)

Usha Iyer, “Writing a History of Film Dance without Films: Song Booklets and an Archival Hermeneutic of Speculation”

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Thursday, February 24

12-1:30 p.m. (PDT)

Anjali Arondekar, “Sexuality’s Caste: Intimations of Dissent”

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Monday, February 28 

4-6:00 p.m. (PDT)

Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture Series In Dance Studies

Nrithya Pillai, “Re-casteing Narratives of Bharatanatyam: History, Appropriation, and the Politics of Invisibilization” 

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Yashoda Thakore, “Performing Her-Stories of the Kalavantalu”

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Monday, February 28 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Arts, Dance, Lectures & Presentations


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Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Alumni, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public, Parents



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