Queerness and Performance in South Asia Series
A talk by Claire Pamment (William and Mary)
"Performing Religious Worldings: In and Beyond Pakistan’s Transgender Rights"
Discussant: Katherine Ewing (Religion)
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and Sexuality, and the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender
Claire Pamment is Assistant Professor of World Theatre at William and Mary. She is a scholar and theatre-maker (director, dramaturg and deviser), working in South Asian theatre and performance, focusing on marginalized performance communities in Pakistan and its diaspora, at the intersections of class, gender, sexuality, religion, and race. Pamment earned her BA from Cambridge University, MA from Goldsmiths College, and PhD in Performance Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She is the author of Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd (2017), which explores the genesis, history, and permutations of the Indo-Muslim comic performer, the bhānd.
Image credit: Aleena Khan Dancing with Bulleh Shah's Sufi Poetry at Aurat March, Lahore (2021). Photo by Anam Naseer.