About Me

Royona-Mitra1I am a Reader in Dance and Performance Cultures at Brunel University London and the author of the award-winning book Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave, May 2015). I have a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London (2011) on the British-Bangladeshi artist Akram Khan, an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance from the University of Plymouth (2000). I trained in classical and contemporary South Asian dance in India and specialised in physical theatre in the UK.

Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, I was a Senior Lecturer in the Drama Department at the University of Wolverhampton and have also taught in the Theatre and Performance Department at the University of Plymouth.

I currently serve as an elected Board of Directors for DSA (Dance Studies Association) and am an on the editorial board for the Journal of Embodied Research and the Physical Cultural Studies monograph series by Cardiff University Press. I am also a sub-panel member for Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies for REF2021.  I was elected as Secretary to join the Executive Committee for SCUDD (Standing Conference for University Drama Departments) (2013 to 2016). I was an Editorial Board Member on SDHS ‘s (Society of Dance History Scholars) ‘Studies in Dance History’ monograph series (2015-2018), a co-convenor for the Bodies and Performance Body Working Group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) (2014-2017) and a co-editor for the Training Grounds section of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal (2015-2018).

Royona.Mitra@brunel.ac.uk