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Anita E. Cherian

Dr. Anita E. Cherian

Associate Professor

E-mail: anitacherian[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Associate Professor , School of Culture and Creative Expressions


  • PhD Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
  • Title of Dissertation: ‘Fashioning a National Theater: Institutions and Cultural Policy in Post Independence India’.
  • M.Phil. English Literature, with a focus on American Poetry.
  • Title of Dissertation: ‘The City and the Body in the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg’.
  • MA English Literature, Stella Maris College, University of Madras
  • BA English Literature, University of Madras.

Past Experience

  • 2016-Present: Associate Professor in Literary Art, SCCE
  • 2010-2012: Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
  • 2005-2016: Assistant Professor in English, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi
  • 2003-2005: Adjunct Faculty in Media History and Theory, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Postcolonial Literatures and Theory
  • Literary History
  • Performance Studies
  • Theatre History
  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy Studies
  • Dance Studies
  • Literary and Critical Theory


  • Fellowship, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, 2010-2012
  • India Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 2001
  • Charles Wallace Trust India Fellowship, 2001
  • UGC-JRF Fellowship,1991


  • The Convolutions of Curation: Genealogies of Repertoire and Identity in the Performances of Narthaki Natraj and Shri Kalakrishna’, Serendipity Arts Foundation, Forthcoming, 2021.
  • Anita E. Cherian & Gargi Bharadwaj. ‘Constructing Genealogies of Disobedient Performance: Disappearance by/in the Media, Performance Research, 24:19 (2019): 77-85. Published online February 2020.
  • Tilt, Pause, Shift: Dance Ecologies in India. Ed. Anita E. Cherian. New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2016.
  • ‘Encountering the Performance Space, Experimenting with Dramaturgy’ in Nissar Allana ed. Ibsen Conference 2008: The Contemporary Relevance of Ibsen, Inroads into Theatre Dramaturgy in India. Delhi: Dramatic Arts and Design Academy, 2009.
  • ‘Institutional Maneuvers, Nationalizing Performance, Delineating Genre: Reading the Sangeet Natak Akademi Reports 1953-59’, Third Frame: Literature, Culture and Society 2:3 (July-Sept, 2009): 32-60.
  • ‘The First Drama Seminar Report: Imagining a National Theatre.’ Sangeet Natak Vol. LXI, No. 2 (2007): 15-48.
  • Review. Rustom Bharucha’s The Politics of Cultural Practice: Thinking through Theatre in an Age of Globalization. (2001), Interventions Vol. 6, No. 1 (2004): 140-142.
  • Review. Helmut Wautischer ed. Tribal Epistemologies: Essays in the Philosophy of Anthropology. (1998). Indian Journal of Folklore Research Vol.1, No 2 (2002): 115-119.

Seminar / Conferences

  • Panel, ‘Practice as Research & Research as Practice,’ AUD Research Festival, January 2020.
  • Anita E. Cherian, ‘Tagore, Neruda, Cèsaire: A View from the South,’ Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 2011.
  • Anita Cherian & Veena Naregal. ‘Reviewing Disciplinary Agendas in Theatre History: Cultural Arenas, Policies, Institutions,’ ( A research and translation project in South Asian theatre histories, 1930-1970). Hosted by the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi in 2007. Supported by Hivos, the Tata Trust, and the India Foundation for the Arts,