Dr. Jashodhara Sen is a performance historian and practitioner specializing in South Asian theatre and performance. Her performance practice, scholarship, and teaching are informed by the theories of postcolonialism, decoloniality, and subaltern studies. Jashodhara’s research interests lie in the intersection of politics and the histories of liberatory performances across South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Her current research, which she is developing in her book project, Between Popular and Profane: Contemporary jatra in India, focuses on the culturally specific performance form jatra and its many modalities and is centered on class and gender dynamics. The book traces the genealogies of the performance form and highlights jatra’s evolution through the interface of a class and gender politics. Her research and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Ecumenica, Asian Theatre Journal, New England Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal, and Political Theology Network. Jashodhara completed her doctoral degree in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020 and serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Florida, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate theatre history and theory courses.
Jashodhara is working on an ongoing research project, a digital storytelling platform for South Asian immigrant women titled “Leaving Home, Finding Home,” that redefines audience-participant relationships in alternative theatrical spaces. For this project, she has received the PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Award through Imagining America in 2017, the Engaged Arts and Humanities scholarship (2018-2019), and the Community-Based Research scholarship (2018-2019). Most recently, Jashodhara received an award in directing from KCACTF (The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) for the play Shakuntala (adaptation, 2020) produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance at CU Boulder.
Besides her scholarship and artistic endeavors, Jashodhara loves taking long strolls with her pups while listening to Indian classical music.
Current Research Interests: South Asian diasporic theatre and performance, postcolonial and subaltern studies, and digital autobiographical performance.
Recent peer-reviewed journal publications
“Mothering the Pandemic through the Interface” of Ritual and Performance.” Journal of Performance, Religion, and Spirituality, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2021.
“Renegotiating Home through the Digital Storytelling Platform” Leaving Home, Finding Home.” Texas Theatre Journal, Vol. 17, 2020. 79.
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Community-based Research Fellowship (2018-2019)
Research Project: Leaving Home, Finding Home: Stories by South Asian Women within the US
Leaving Home, Finding Home is a platform for documenting the autobiographical stories of South Asian immigrant women in the Boulder County community.
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Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Scholar (2018-2019)
Sen’s project, LEAVING HOME, FINDING HOME is a digital storytelling space by and for immigrant women from South Asia residing in the United States. As a South Asian academic, immigrant, and digital archivist for this platform, she invites women who identify as South Asian to share their powerful stories related to immigration, identity, freedom, and equality. The forum is an open-access website for social networking, connecting with fellow immigrant identities, and sharing and celebrating both collective and individual experiences.
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Recent Directing Credit
The Shaking Earth by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (image), MARCH 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm, Streaming Event, Admission: FREE
Directed by: Jashodhara Sen
The first runner-up of the Woodward International Playwriting Competition for 2021 is The Shaking Earth by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. The play takes place during the three days of anti-Sikh massacres that occurred in the wake of the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. The play also takes place in the present, as a refugee mother and her politically-minded daughter continue to carry their traumas in a post 9/11 America. The play explores the transmission of trauma across generations, and looks at history with a queer lens, seeing how being a woman and being a gay man have changed from 1984 India to the present, and how sometimes the most frightened among us become the greatest of heroes.