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Assistant Professor, Department of English, York University, Toronto

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 3 Jul 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

How do the political aesthetics of the Hindu diaspora in the West interact with mythopolitics in India?

This talk studies ways in which Hindu diasporic communities in the West connect with and influence political stories in India. How do these communities use neoliberal digital spaces to enact “long distance nationalism”? And how do artists respond to, comply with, and resist the combination of diasporic nationalism and Western neoliberalism?

By looking at various forms of cultural expression, this talk explores the interconnections between Western liberal ideas of diversity and the politics of caste and religion in the Indian diaspora.


Sheetala Bhat

Assistant Professor, Department of English, York University, Toronto

Sheetala Bhat is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at York University in Toronto.  She specializes in South Asian theatre and politics, South Asian diasporic theatre in Canada, and Indigenous theatre in Canada. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismTheatre Research in Canada, and the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts. She is the author of Performing Gender: Reading the Lives of Women Performers in Colonial India.