Sruti Bala is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Theatre Studies of the University of Amsterdam, where she currently co-ordinates the MA Theatre Studies programme. She is affiliated to the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis and is a member of the ASCA advisory board.
Sruti’s research interests are at the intersections of performance and politics, which has taken shape in specific research projects on nonviolent protest, participatory art, artistic activism, feminist and postcolonial/decolonial literary and cultural theories and translation.
She co-ordinates a five-year NWO-funded research project in co-operation with the University of Curaçao on the cultural practices of citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean. She is an active member of the collective International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF India). Sruti studies Indian percussion (Tabla) with Niti Ranjan Biswas.
In 2020, Sruti Bala published “The Gestures of Participatory Art” which formed the basis for her presentations at NWE MKRS Festival 2021, 2022 and ICAF 2023.