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Jisha Menon
Assistant Professor, Department of Drama
Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow 2011-12

Jisha Menon teaches courses at the intersection of postcolonial theory and performance studies. She received her M.A. in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University and her Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford University. She has previously taught in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has published essays on the Indian partition, transnational feminist theatre, and sexual and political violence in South Asia. She is co-editor, with Patrick Anderson, of a volume of essays, Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2009) that explores the coimbrication of violence, performance, and modernity in a variety of geopolitical spaces.

For her fellowship, Menon will continue work on her current book project, Performance of Nationalism: India, Pakistan and the Memory of Partition (Cambridge UP, forthcoming), which considers the constitutive role of gendered violence in the formation of the Indian and Pakistani nation. Through a study of the affective and performative dimensions of nation-making, the book recuperates the idea of "mimesis" to think about political history and the crisis of its aesthetic representation, while also paying attention to the mimetic relationality that undergirds the encounter between India and Pakistan. She is also at work on a second project, Pedestrian Acts: Performing the City in Neoliberal Bangalore, which considers new narrations of selfhood that are produced at the intersection of neoliberal state, global art markets and consumer fantasy.

Further information about Professor Menon is available from her website.