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Sheetala Bhat

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Assistant Professor

Office: Atkinson 640
Email: bsheetal@yorku.ca


Sheetala is a theatre researcher, artist, and playwright. She specializes in South Asian theatre and politics, South Asian diasporic theatre in Canada, and Indigenous theatre in Canada. She is currently working on a manuscript on theatrical performances of love as anti-colonial feminist resistance in India and in Indigenous theatre on Turtle Island. Her next project will be a comparative study of Indigenous and Adivasi theatre productions about criminalization of Indigenous peoples and prison abolition on Turtle Island and India. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Research in Canada, and the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Prior to her appointment at York, she was an Arts Without Borders Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She has also worked in professional, community, and protest theatre in the state of Karnataka in India.

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Degrees

PhD, Western University
MA, Manipal University, India

Research Interests

Theatre , Indigenous Peoples, South Asia, Migration, Hindu Nationalism, Settler Colonial Studies
  • Robert Lawrence Prize, Canadian Association for Theatre Research - 2022
  • Helsinki Prize, International Federation for Theatre Research - 2020
  • Carl F. and Margaret E. Klinck Prize, Western University - 2022
  • David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts - 2019
Books

Publication
Year

Performing Self, Performing Gender: Reading the lives of Women Performers in Colonial India, Manipal University Press, 2017.

2017

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“‘Restart the play’: On Cyclicality and the ‘Indian Woman’ in the Theatrical Future of C Sharp C Blunt.” Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms, edited by Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, Taryne Jade Taylor, & Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Routledge, 2023, pp. 462-468.

2023

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Making Home, Unmaking Domesticity: Love, Joy, and Other-than-Human Worlds in Kamloopa." Theatre Research in Canada, 44 (2), pp. 191-209.

2023

Alvis, Cole, et al. “Radical Refusals and Indigenous Gifts of Love: A Conversation on Indigenous Theatre.” Theatre Research in Canada, University of Toronto Press, vol. 42, no. 1, 2021, pp. 100-119.

2021

Bhat, Sheetala. “‘Did I Tell Your Story?’: Theatrics of Allyship across Caste and Religion in India.” Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Vol. 35, no. 2, 2021, pp. 93-98.

2021

Bhat, Sheetala. “Watching the (Re)calling of a Princess on Stage: On I Call myself Princess and Bearing Witness to Indigenous Histories through the Fantastic in Theatre.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 31, no. 1, 2020, pp.47-60.

2020


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2024 AP/EN4140 3.0 A Contemporary Drama ONLN



Sheetala is a theatre researcher, artist, and playwright. She specializes in South Asian theatre and politics, South Asian diasporic theatre in Canada, and Indigenous theatre in Canada. She is currently working on a manuscript on theatrical performances of love as anti-colonial feminist resistance in India and in Indigenous theatre on Turtle Island. Her next project will be a comparative study of Indigenous and Adivasi theatre productions about criminalization of Indigenous peoples and prison abolition on Turtle Island and India. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Research in Canada, and the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Prior to her appointment at York, she was an Arts Without Borders Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She has also worked in professional, community, and protest theatre in the state of Karnataka in India.

Degrees

PhD, Western University
MA, Manipal University, India

Research Interests

Theatre , Indigenous Peoples, South Asia, Migration, Hindu Nationalism, Settler Colonial Studies

Awards

  • Robert Lawrence Prize, Canadian Association for Theatre Research - 2022
  • Helsinki Prize, International Federation for Theatre Research - 2020
  • Carl F. and Margaret E. Klinck Prize, Western University - 2022
  • David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts - 2019

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“‘Restart the play’: On Cyclicality and the ‘Indian Woman’ in the Theatrical Future of C Sharp C Blunt.” Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms, edited by Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, Taryne Jade Taylor, & Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Routledge, 2023, pp. 462-468.

2023

Books

Publication
Year

Performing Self, Performing Gender: Reading the lives of Women Performers in Colonial India, Manipal University Press, 2017.

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Making Home, Unmaking Domesticity: Love, Joy, and Other-than-Human Worlds in Kamloopa." Theatre Research in Canada, 44 (2), pp. 191-209.

2023

Alvis, Cole, et al. “Radical Refusals and Indigenous Gifts of Love: A Conversation on Indigenous Theatre.” Theatre Research in Canada, University of Toronto Press, vol. 42, no. 1, 2021, pp. 100-119.

2021

Bhat, Sheetala. “‘Did I Tell Your Story?’: Theatrics of Allyship across Caste and Religion in India.” Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Vol. 35, no. 2, 2021, pp. 93-98.

2021

Bhat, Sheetala. “Watching the (Re)calling of a Princess on Stage: On I Call myself Princess and Bearing Witness to Indigenous Histories through the Fantastic in Theatre.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 31, no. 1, 2020, pp.47-60.

2020


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2024 AP/EN4140 3.0 A Contemporary Drama ONLN