Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550
South Asia Seminar
Thu, October 4, 2007 • 3:30 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118
Professor Seizer’s research and teaching interests include: Humor in Use, Stigma and Subjectivity, South Asia through Performance, Queer Ethnographic Narrative, and Disability Studies. Her recent book, Stigmas of the Tamil Stage: An Ethnography of Special Drama artists in South India (Duke University Press 2005), focuses on the lives of Tamil popular theater artists onstage and off. Prior to beginning her academic career, Professor Seizer was a performer of dance, theater, and circus. Many of her scholarly interests follow threads she first explored as a performer: improvisation; the way comedy can be used to do just about anything; and the particular exhilaration many women find in transgressing normative gender roles through public performance. Professor Seizer has published in journals as diverse as Public Culture, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Transition, Heresies, and Indian Folklife.