Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labour
Room 321, Level 3
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
T: 9035 4844
Dr Priya Srinivasan, Asia Institute Honorary Fellow, presents excerpts of her award-winning book, Sweating Saris. The book examines dance as a form of gendered labour and Indian dancing women as transnational labourers negotiating key immigration laws. Srinivasan focuses on the notion of the "bodily archive" to explore postcolonial ambivalence, third world feminist methodologies, in relation to anti-Asian immigration laws framing dancers as gendered, racialized migrant labourers.
Dr Priya Srinivasan
Priya Srinivasan has a dual career as an artist and scholar committed to questions of migration, female labour, and art. After obtaining a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, she was hired as the first Indian professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside where she presented her hybrid talking dance lecture/performance based on her award winning book, *Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor*, across the US in leading universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago, Northwestern, and in the UK at Oxford and Royal Holloway. Her book examines Indian dance and dancers not just as aesthetic but as gendered, racialized and migrant forms of labor. She has a long career as a performer of post modern Indian artistic practices in Australia, USA, India, China, and Europe. She worked as an Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside and at the International Institute of Asian Studies at Leiden University, and is currently an independent artist and Honorary Fellow at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.