EASTAP Webinar Series: Rustom Bharucha

In 2021 EASTAP will organize a series of online discussions with scholars and artists about their recent and ongoing work. The webinars will be held on Zoom and live-streamed on EASTAP’s Facebook profile. Video recordings will later be uploaded on EASTAP’s webpage.

We are delighted to announce that our first guest will be Rustom Bharucha, a distinguished professor of theatre and performance studies, the author of such influential books as Terror and Performance (2014), The Politics of Cultural Practice: Thinking Through Theatre in an Age of Globalization (2000), or Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture (1993). Most recently, he has completed a new book, Performing the Ramayana Tradition: Enactments, Interpretations, and Arguments, coedited with Paula Richman, which will be published in June 2021.

Locked down in his home-city of Kolkata since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemia, Rustom Bharucha has engaged in research on the coronavirus and other states of epidemic and disease in relation to theatre. As a result of this inquiry, with the support of the International Research Center/Interweaving Performance Cultures, he has recorded a series of lectures touching upon the “symbiotic, contrapuntal, intimate and divisive dynamics of theatre and the coronavirus” which is available to watch here:


Our webinar will start with Rustom Bharucha presenting his reflections on theatre and the coronavirus for around 30 minutes, followed by questions from the participants in the seminar.

Technical information:

EASTAP webinars are free of charge. However, if you are not an EASTAP member please register for the Zoom meeting by writing to this address: eastapwebinars@gmail.com to obtain the Zoom link.  All EASTAP members will receive the link via email.

For those who cannot connect on Zoom, the webinar will be live-streamed on Facebook.

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Please join us for a timely conversation with Rustom Bharucha on theatre and the coronavirus in the first EASTAP webinar on 4 March at 15:00 CET (via Zoom or Facebook). Watch a series of lectures by Bharucha tackling these issues from multiple perspectives: