Sharmistha Saha

Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
+91(022) 25765345
Email: 
sharmistha@hss.iitb.ac.in
Education: 

Postdoctorate from International Research Training Group ‘Interart’, Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany in 2015.

Dissertation: Can violence be performed? – a study in rehearsing with violence in becoming of a community.

Doctorate in Theaterwissenschaft from International Research Training Group ‘Interart’, Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany in 2014.

Dissertation: Coagulating communities: formation of a national body through cultural practice in colonial India 

MPhil in Theatre and Performance Studies from School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2010.

Dissertation: Witnessing Movement: Indian People’s Theatre Association’s Central Squad and Gender Politics.

Research Interests: 

Performance Studies, Aesthetics and Politics, Critical Theory, Theatre History

 

Publications: 

Upcoming: ‘Thinking Indian Theatre: formation of a national body through cultural practice in colonial India’ in Aakar Books, New Delhi.

2016: Published in the Book ‘Exploring alterity in a globalized world’ edited by Christoph Wulf - ‘The Commune-ist Air: living the everyday in times of struggle – the case of Indian People’s Theatre Association’s Central Squad, pp. 197-215, Routledge.

2013: Published in the Book Gender, Space and Resistance edited by Dr, Anita Singh and Tarun Tapas Mukherjee - Witnessing Movement: The Women Artists of the Indian People’s Theatre Association’s Central Squad, pp.174- 188; DK Printworld(P) Ltd.

2010: Published a photo-story on the Cult of Yellamma at Saundatti in Karnataka at http://www.merinews.com/newPhotoLanding.jsp?imageID=18102.

2009: Published in the Journal of Indian Anthropological Society -Politics of Gender and Gender Performitivity in the Cult of Yellamma, pp.149-158; vol.44.

Conferences: 

2016 (accepted): Paper ‘Dance of the snakes: notes on the future of intercultural performance’ selected for International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) annual conference at Stockholm.

2016: Paper ‘Performing the lives of the Hungry, performing for the lives of the hungry: the Indian People’s Theatre Association’s Central Squad and the Bengal Famine’ selected for the 2nd International workshop on ‘The Indian Predicament: South Asia in WWII’ for the research project ‘Judging Histories’ of the Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.

2015: Invited to give a talk at the Political Science Department of Presidency University in Kolkata on ‘What is theatre? Political implications of a performance genre’s journey in colonial India’.

2015: Invited to give a talk at Manipal Centre of Philosophy and Humanities at Manipal University on ‘What is theatre? Political implications of a performance genre’s journey in colonial India’.

2014: Presented the paper -‘Coming communities and vacillating definitions: a case of swadesi jatra’ at the 20th Performance Studies International Conference held at Shanghai Theatre Academy at Shanghai, China.

2010-2014: Papers presented at Colloquiums of Interart, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany -

(1) We, the people of India and our theatre: a study on the formation of the idea of cultural societies in India


(2) Coagulating communities and a new theatrum mundi: the coming of theatre in 19th century India


(3) The Commune-ist Air: performing banalities and living the everyday


(4) Of pleasures and sins: colonial European 'theatre' in the emerging cities (two case studies- Calcutta and Bombay)

2014: Participated in the Joint symposium ‘The art of speculation’ and chaired the group ‘The aesthetics of speculation’ organized by The International Research Training Group ‘Interart’ of the Freie Universität at Berlin, Germany.

2013: Invited to give a lecture on ‘Women and the Central Squad of the Indian People’s Theatre Association’ at the 70th anniversary of IPTA and birth centenary of Balraj Sahni.

2013: Participated in the Cultural Studies Workshop organized by Centre for Studies in Social Sciences and presented the paper - Telling lives, performing roles: a story about the Indian People’s Theatre Association’s Central Squad.

2012:Participated in the seminar on ‘Bengal Related Studies for Students and Young Scholars’ at Martin-Luther- Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

2012: Participated in the workshop 'History, Memory, Performance' at the Department of Theatre, Ottawa University, Canada.

2012: Participated in the Joint Symposium ‘Makeshift: On Temporality and Temporariness in Artistic Production’ at Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.

2011: Participated in the colloquium 'InterPositions' organised by Goldsmiths College, London, UK.

2009: Participated in the annual conference of the Indian Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) held at New Delhi and presented the paper -Autobiography to Historiography: Engendering History of Modern India.

Awards: 

2015: Post-graduate Fellow, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


2012-2014: Graduate Fellow, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


2010-2012: Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellow


2009: Junior Research Fellow (JRF) of University Grants Commission (India) and NET (National Eligibility Test)


2006: Becas MAEC-AECID Scholarship from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Government of Spain

2005: Winner of Premio Cervantes, Embassy of Spain, New Delhi