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mw. dr. S. (Sruti) Bala

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Bezoekadres
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18  
  • Postadres:
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat  16-18
    1012 CP  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254785

Associate Professor at the Dept. of Theatre and Performance Studies

Research Affiliate with Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis and Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies

Principal Investigator of the NWO-funded research project "Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean" in collaboration with the University of Curaçao.

Since March 2017: Co-ordinator of MA Theatre Studies

Student of Tabla with Niti Ranjan Biswas

Research Interests

Participatory art, humour in art and activism, performance theory, postcolonial feminist theory and cultural practices

Professional Memberships

  • International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT)
  • Advisory Board member of Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Kolkata; Akda (The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance, Manila); Documenta (S:PAM, Studies in Performing Arts & Media, Gent).
  • Editorial Board member of the series Applied Theatre Praxis, Open Books


BA courses

Participatory Art

Dissertation Skills Seminar

MA Courses

Key Concepts and Research Methods in Theatre and Performance Studies

Art and Activism

Translation and Performance

Book presentation:

New Books from the Theatre Studies Dept.

Het boek gaat op! Nieuwe publicaties van Amsterdamse theaterwetenschappers

14 November 2018, 17 hrs, University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam


Recently published:

The Gestures of Participatory Art

Manchester University Press, 2018



Panel discussion: The Need for Legacy

Theatre Festival/Nieuwe Grond #5

08 September 2018, 17-19hrs


Sensing Race in the Theatre

Presentation during conference 'Race and the senses'

24 September 2018



Invited Lecture:  Postcolonial Theory and Globalisation

Erasmus University College, Rotterdam

03 October 2018


Keynote lecture: Artistic approaches to colonial legacies

Afrovibes Festival 2018

09 October 2018, De Balie


NWO Research Project:
Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty

The five-year research project "Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire" (funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO) in partnership with the University of Curaçao will investigate how citizenship is practiced under conditions of fragmented national sovereignty. Departing from the recognition that citizenship is not only a legal status legal status based on (birth)-rights and filial duties, but equally a notion tied to the histories of the nation-state, its claims to modernity, and its legacies of colonialism, slavery, and gender inequalities, the project examines citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire in terms of practices and incipient struggles for political subjectivity. It asks how citizenship is practiced and culturally articulated by subjects facing multiple forms of systemic inequalities. The proposed research consists of two multi-disciplinary doctoral projects on citizenship in relation to sexual minorities and gender relations respectively.

For updates, see our Project Website


  • Bala, S. (Accepted/In press). Reflections on the workshop format. In J. Boal, K. Howe, & J. Soeiro (Eds.), Routledge Companion to the Theatre of the Oppressed London, New York: Routledge.
  • Bala, S. (Accepted/In press). What is the impact of theatre and performance? In M. Bleeker, A. Kear, J. Kelleher, & H. Roms (Eds.), Thinking through Theatre and Performance London: Bloomsbury.


  • Bala, S. (2018). The Gestures of Participatory Art. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


  • Bala, S. (2017). Decolonising Theatre and Performance Studies: Tales from the classroom. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 20(3), 333-345. DOI: 10.5117/TVGN2017.3.BALA  [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2017). Scattered Speculations on the 'Internationalization' of Performance Research. In S. Bala, M. Gluhovic, H. Korsberg, & K. Röttger (Eds.), International Performance Research Pedagogies: Towards an Unconditional Discipline? (pp. 55-65). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53943-0_4  [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2017). The Art of Unsolicited Participation. In T. Fisher, & E. Katsouraki (Eds.), Performing Antagonism: Theatre, Performance & Radical Democracy (pp. 273-287). (Performance Philosophy). London: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-349-95100-0_14  [details] 
  • Bala, S., Korsberg, H., Gluhovic, M., & Röttger, K. E. (2017). International Performance Research Pedagogies: Towards an Unconditional Discipline? In S. Bala, M. Gluhovic, H. Korsberg, & K. Röttger (Eds.), International Performance Research Pedagogies: Towards an Unconditional Discipline? (pp. 1-19). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53943-0_1  [details] 
  • Lakshmi, C. S., & Bala, S. (2017). No more sewing machines!: The challenge of a women's archive in India. In N. Willems, S. Holla, E. Buchheim, S. Bultman, M. Groot, E. Walhout, & I. de Zwarte (Eds.), Gender and archiving: Past, present, future (pp. 103-106). (Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis; Vol. 37). Amsterdam: Verloren. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2016). Applied Theatre und die Frage der Institutionskritik. In M. Warstat, F. Evers, K. Flade, F. Lempa, & L. Seuberling (Eds.), Applied Theatre: Rahmen und Positionen (pp. 274-288). (Recherchen; Vol. 129). Berlin: Theater der Zeit. [details] 


  • Bala, S., & Zangl, V. (2015). Dramaturgies of Humour in the Performance of Protest. European Journal of Humour Research, 3(2/3), 7-17. DOI: 10.7592/EJHR2015.3.2.3.bala  [details] 
  • Zangl, V., & Bala, S. (2015). Editorial: Humour in Art and Activism. European Journal of Humour Research, 3(2/3), 1-6. DOI: 10.7592/EJHR2015.3.2.3.zangl  [details] 
  • Tellis, A., & Bala, S. (2015). Introduction: The Global Careers of Queerness. In A. Tellis, & S. Bala (Eds.), The Global Trajectories of Queerness : Re-thinking Same-Sex Politics in the Global South (pp. 13-27). (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race; Vol. 30). Leiden: Brill Rodopi. DOI: 10.1163/9789004217942_002  [details] 



  • Bala, S. (2013). The Entangled Vocabulary of Performance. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 5(2), 12-21. [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2013). Waging nonviolence: reflections on the history writing of the Pashtun nonviolent movement Khudai Khidmatgar. Peace and Change, 38(2), 131-154. DOI: 10.1111/pech.12009  [details] 
  • Bala, S., & Albacan, A. I. (2013). Workshopping the revolution? On the phenomenon of joker training in the Theatre of the Oppressed. Research in Drama Education, 18(4), 388-402. DOI: 10.1080/13569783.2013.836915  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2012). Performance anxieties in Elfriede Jelinek’s online private novel, 'Envy'. Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis, 32, 31-44. [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2012). Vectors of participation in contemporary theatre and performance. Theatre Research International, 37(3), 236-248. DOI: 10.1017/S0307883312000892  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2011). 'Unsere Waffe ist die Beharrlichkeit': Auftreten, Konzept und Aktivitäten der gewaltfreien paschtunischen Armee der Khudai Khidmatgar (1929-1948). In R. Steinweg, & U. Laubenthal (Eds.), Gewaltfreie Aktion: Erfahrungen und Analysen (pp. 119-125). Frankfurt am Main: Brandes & Apsel. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2009). The performativitiy of nonviolent protest in South Asia (1918-1948). Mainz: Universitätsbibliothek Mainz. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2007). Embodying autonomy: Gandhi's fasts as a form of nonviolent protest. In F. E. Boucher, S. David, & J. Przychodzen (Eds.), La paix: esthétique d'une éthique (pp. 37-50). Bern: Peter Lang. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2006). Konzepte engagierten Schreibens. Berlin: Logos.


  • Bala, S., Gluhovic, M., Korsberg, H., & Röttger, K. (Eds.) (2017). International Performance Research Pedagogies: Towards an Unconditional Discipline? Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53943-0  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2015). Rashomon: Diversifying Perspectives on Spectatorship in the Theatre of the Oppressed. Zbornik radova Fakulteta Dramskih Umetnosti, 27, 31-42. [details] 
  • Bala, S., & Zangl, V. (2015). Humor's Opponents: Artistic Activism and the Ludic Aesthetic. In P. Weibel (Ed.), Global activism: art and conflict in the 21st century (pp. 449-454). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [details] 
  • Zangl, V., & Bala, S. (2015). Special issue on humour in art and activism. European Journal of Humour Research, 3(2/3), 1-169.
  • Tellis, A., & Bala, S. (Eds.) (2015). The Global Trajectories of Queerness: Re-thinking Same-Sex Politics in the Global South . (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race; Vol. 30). Leiden: Brill Rodopi. DOI: 10.1163/9789004217942  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2014). Losse speculaties over de internationalisering van performance onderzoek. In S. Alting van Geusau, P. Eversmann, & R. van der Zalm (Eds.), Theaterwetenschap aan de Amstel: vijftig jaar onderzoek en onderwijs aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (pp. 121-135). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2012). De-stultifying spectatorship in the theatre of the oppressed. In A. Klöck (Ed.), The politics of being on stage (pp. 229-246). (Schriften / Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig; No. 4). Hildesheim [etc.]: Olms. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2009). Khuda-i Khidmatgar: Pashtun non-violent resistance force (1929-1948). In I. Ness (Ed.), The international encyclopaedia of revolution and protest: 1500 to the present (pp. 1965-1970). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [details] 
  • Reich, H., & Bala, S. (2009). Theaterräume als Methode der Wissensgenerierung in der Friedensarbeit: das Unsagbare zeigen. In M. M. Baumann, H. M. Birkenbach, V. Brandes, S. Dieterich, U. Gundermann, & U. Suhr (Eds.), Friedensforschung und Friedenspraxis: Ermutigung zur Arbeit an der Utopie: Festschrift für Reiner Steinweg zum 70. Geburtstag (pp. 193-205). Frankfurt am Main: Brandes & Apsel. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2008). Mirar algo a la luz de las candilejas: consideraciones teóricas acerca de la performance. Apuntes de Teatro, 130, 140-147. [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2008). The dramaturgy of fasting in Gandhian nonviolent action. In M. Wagner, & W. D. Ernst (Eds.), Performing the matrix: mediating cultural performances (pp. 289-306). München: ePODIUM. [details] 



  • Bala, S. (2017). [Review of: S.E. Wilmer & A. Zukauskaite (2016) Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political, and Performative Strategies]. Theatre Research International, 42(1), 103-105. DOI: 10.1017/S0307883317000165  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2016). [Review of: J. Cohen-Cruz (2015) Remapping Performance: Common Ground, Uncommon Partners]. Theatre Research International, 41(3), 281-282. DOI: 10.1017/S0307883316000481  [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2016). [Review of: S. Vinthagen (2015) A theory of nonviolent action : how civil resistance works]. Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, 26(1), 97-99. DOI: 10.5840/peacejustice20162615  [details] 





  • Bala, S. (2011). [Review of: P. Anderson, J. Menon (2009) Violence performed: local roots and global routes of conflict; J. Thompson, et al. (2009) Performance in place of war]. Theatre Survey, 52(1), 209-211. DOI: 10.1017/S0040557411000329  [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2011). [Review of: P.A. Ybarra (2009) Performing conquest : five centuries of theater, history, and identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico]. Theatre Research International, 36(3), 303-304. DOI: 10.1017/S0307883311000368  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2010). [Review of: B. McDonnell (2008) Theatres of the troubles: theatre, resistance and liberation in Ireland; P. Lonergan (2009) Theatre and globalization: Irish drama in the Celtic Tiger era]. Theatre Research International, 35(1), 78-79. DOI: 10.1017/S030788330999040X  [details] 
  • Bala, S. (2010). [Review of: J. Thompson (2009) Performance affects: applied theatre and the end of effect]. Theatre Research International, 35(3), 301-302. DOI: 10.1017/S0307883310000349  [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2009). Von den Chancen der Intervention in Krisen. Impuls (Internationales Theaterinstitut Zentrum Bundesrepublik Deutschland), 2009(2), 23-25. [details] 


  • Bala, S. (2016). NWO Grant.
  • Bala, S. (2013). ASCA Article Award: "Performance Anxieties in Elfriede Jelinek's 'Neid' (Envy)".


  • Bala, S. (speaker) (12-7-2018). Can the European translate?, International Federation for Theatre Research World Congress, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Bala, S. (speaker) & Cremers, F. (speaker) (19-6-2018). Introductory talk for performance 'Legacy' by Nadia Beugre, Holland Festival , Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (12-6-2018). The theatrical scramble for "Africa" in 'Reverse Colonialism' (2017), Theatre as an Enriched Environment, Rome, Italy.
  • Bala, S. (speaker) (1-6-2018). Artistic representations of colonialism, Verschuivende perspectieven, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (7-5-2018). Research and the task of epistemic diversity, ISS The Hague.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (2-5-2018). Gayatri Spivak's critique of the sovereign subject in 'Can the Subaltern Speak?', Erasmus University College.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (22-3-2018). Representatie, Stereotypering en Typecasting in het theater, Representatie, Stereotypering en Typecasting, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (23-1-2018). Artistic Critiques of Sovereignty: Perspectives from the Dutch Caribbean, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Bala, S. (keynote speaker) (13-10-2017). Notes on the Theatre Workshop, Back to the Senses, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Bala, S. (speaker) (4-10-2017). Colonial Conversations: Panel discussion with Jay Pather, Katlego Disemelo and Sruti Bala, Afrovibes Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (14-7-2017). The translator's note, Translation and Performance, Pondicherry, India.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (24-5-2017). Theatre and Participation, Texte.Zeichen.Medien, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (8-5-2017). Translation in/and Performance, Translation and Performance, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (4-5-2017). Cultural Analysis and the Making of Intended Mistakes, Studies in Performing Arts and Media Lecture Series, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (22-3-2017). Desiring the stage: Female Theatre Artists in India, Dissident Desires , Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (keynote speaker) (18-11-2016). The Gestures of Participatory Performance, Research Seminar, Finnish Society for Theatre Research, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (16-9-2016). Female Theatre Artists in India and their Solitary Struggles On and Off-Stage, Sexing the City, Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (16-9-2016). Three Female Theatre Artists in India and their Solitary Struggles On and Off-Stage, HERA Final conference 'Sexing the City', Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (19-8-2016). The Gestures of Participatory Art, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication: UGC Special Assistance Programme on Visual Culture, University of Hyderabad, India.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (20-4-2016). On the necessity of working with inadequate concepts, After Performance: Symposium (King's College, London and National University of Singapore), London, UK.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (20-4-2016). After Performance, After Performance, London, United Kingdom.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (16-7-2015). Postdramatic theatre, Dept. of Comparative Literature Lecture Series, Kasargod, Central University of Kerala.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (10-7-2015). Unsolicited gestures of participation in performance and public life, Annual Conference of the International Federation of Theatre Research, Hyderabad, India.
  • Bala, S. (speaker) (3-2-2015). The Micropolitics of Participatory Art, Weekly Colloquium, Freie Universität Berlin, International Research Centre "Interweaving Performance Cultures".
  • Bala, S. (speaker) (29-7-2014). The task of reparative translation in Elfriede Jelinek's 'Kein Licht', International Federation of Theatre Research Annual Conference, Feminist Working Group Presentation, University of Warwick.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) (31-1-2014). The Art of Unsolicited Participation, Conference: Politics of the Applied. Theatre and Art as Intervention, Free University of Berlin, Research Programme Aesthetics of Applied Theatre.
  • Bala, S. (invited speaker) & Zangl, V. (invited speaker) (25-1-2014). Humour, Art and Activism in the Global Moment, Global Activism Symposium, ZKM, Karlsruhe.


  • Bala, S. (participant) (21-6-2018 - 24-6-2018). Dynamics of Interweaving Performance Cultures, Berlin, Germany (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) (6-6-2018 - 7-6-2018). Decolonial Desires, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Talk and seminar with Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones, Columbia University (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (organiser) (3-4-2018 - 6-4-2018). Critical Thinking in Curaçao and the Construction of Forgetting, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Allen, R. M. (organiser) (21-11-2017). Gender and Culture in the Dutch Caribbean, Curaçao, Curaçao (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (organiser) (27-3-2017 - 28-3-2017). Sexual Politics in Colonial Curaçao, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) (13-10-2016). Dramaturgies of Whiteness, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) (11-10-2016). Symposium: Dramaturgies of Cultural Translation, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (other) (2014 - 2015). Research Fellow, International Research Centre "Interweaving Performance Cultures" (other).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Zangl, V. (organiser) (10-3-2014 - 15-12-2014). Art and Activism - Lecture and Discussion Series, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Zangl, V. (organiser) (18-9-2013 - 20-9-2013). Exploratory Workshop, Wassenaar. Humorous Approaches to Art and Activism in Conflict (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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