Dr Monica Mottin

Tutor in Social Sciences

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Dr Monica Mottin


I am a social anthropologist and teach on the MA Global Labour and Social Change. I have a degree in Philosophy, English and French Literatures from the University of Padua (Italy). I completed both an MA in Social Anthropology of Development (2001) and a PhD in Social Anthropology (2010) at SOAS, focusing on how the arts and theatre in particular can create spaces for social transformation in social and political movements as well as through international development projects. I have also worked as a social development adviser and country representative for NGOs in international development projects (agriculture, health, education) in Nepal and in project monitoring and evaluation in South Asia. My research expands my personal interest and involvement in social movement activism and focuses on the anthropology of theatre and performance, art and activism, social movements, labour movements, community mobilisation through cultural performance, cultural work, development and aid. I am also interested in religion, traditional and alternative healing, critical theory and research methods, in particular ethnography and arts-based research. I am research associate at the Department of South Asia Languages and Cultures, SOAS. I have presented my work at various international conferences and published on international development and political cultural work.

Selected  publications
2018.  Rehearsing for Life: Theatre of Social Change in Nepal. New Delhi and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(peer-reviewed). ‘Kamlari voices and Movements: theatre between activism and international development’. Development and Change
2016. ‘Protests, Space and Creativity: Theatre as a Site for the Affective Construction of Democracy in Nepal’. In Political Change and Public Culture in Nepal, edited by Michael Hutt and Pratyush Onta, Cambridge University Press.
2010. Rehearsing for Life. Theatre for Social Change in Kathmandu, Nepal. PhD Thesis, SOAS.
2010. ‘Catchy Melodies and Clenched Fists. Performance as Politics in Maoist Cultural Programs’. In The Maoist Insurgency in Nepal. Revolution in the Twenty- First Century (eds) M. Lawoti & A. Pahadi, 52-72. New York: Routledge.

2007. 'Dramas of Development': Theatre for Development or the Development of Theatre?', Studies in Nepali History and Society 12(2):321-47.

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