Dr Namita Chakrabarty

Tutor in Writing for Performance, English Studies and Creative Writing.

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Dr Namita Chakrabarty

Namita is a Tutor on the Writing for Performance programme, and Module Tutor for Screenwriting I: Short Film, Screenwriting II: Screenplay and Foundation Portfolio.

Creative and Academic Qualifications

Namita has diverse experience of both the business and creative sides of the cultural industries, having worked over a number of years with film and TV companies, and in fringe theatre, including with Contemporary Films, Black Vision, One World, Vukani and Gay Sweatshop.

She studied Drama and English at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and Creative and Critical Writing at City University, London and the University of Sussex. Her doctoral study was entitled ‘The Agency of Loss: Of Sacrifice, Birds and Mourning’. She was awarded her PhD in 2015 by the School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London.

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  • Creative Awards

  • Research Awards

  • Playwriting, Acting and Live Performance

  • Film Scripts and Direction

  • Books

  • Journal chapters

  • Conference and Seminar papers and Public Lectures

  • Book Reviews

Creative Awards include:

If Hamlet was a Girl, a novel, was long-listed for the 2016 Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel (July 2016).

A creative writing residency at JIWAR, Barcelona, Spain (August 2016)

The Still Point         (Video)

Awarded a bursary by the London Docklands Development Corporation.

Exhibition: East End Festival (1988)

Gentle Voices and Screams  (Video)

Awarded Greater London Arts bursary & exhibition: London, South Asian Artists Festival & the First German Black Film and Video Festival where the video was awarded the Audience Favourite Award (1987).

Research Awards:

2010 – Emergency Exercise 2010, a performance project funded by the ESRC Festival of Social Science - £973.00.

2009 – 2010 ‘Preparedness pedagogies and ‘race’: an interdisciplinary approach’. ESRC collaborative award as co-investigator. Grant number RES-000-22-3437 - £99,000.

2005 – Interdisciplinary research on ‘race’ and education (Promising Researcher Award HEFCE) - £20,000.

Playwriting, Acting and Live Performance

2016             How To Write About Love

I presented a performance reading of my work in progress, How To Write About Love, 10 August, at JIWAR, Barcelona, Spain.

2015             Blood on the Bedroom Wall

Play script by Cavallin, P, and Chakrabarty, N. Rehearsed reading directed by Laura Hypponen, on 29 March, at Theatre Delicatessen, London.

2014             Soapbox City

Curator for Ruskin College section of collaborative project with Oxford Playhouse: a live performance event. 1 May, Cornmarket, Oxford.

2010               Martina in Benvenute a Lesbialand

Script by Cavallin, P, 4 November 2010, at the festival, Soggettiva, Bologna, Italy.

2010             Emergency Exercise: Operation Snowman

Designed and performed by Chakrabarty, N.  Research Performance event held at County Hall, Chichester, on 18 March 2010 funded by the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

2002             Actress in Willing

Acting/Script/Video collaboration with Eva Lis, Felix Nieto, Zena Papaphoti, Wonju Parks. 23.59 Short Film Challenge, screened at Ritzy Cinema, London.

2002             Actress in Untitled (Undecided soul)

Director: Zena Papaphoti.

2001             Actress in Fuckin’ Get Off My Bed

Director: Zena Papaphoti.

2000             Actress in Transcription

Director: Zena Papaphoti.

1993             Angel and Eve

Writer and performer with a company partner; performance at various venues including One Night Stands, Gay Sweatshop, London.

1984-5            Vukani Anti-Apartheid Womens’ Theatre Company

Actress, performance: various venues in the UK including the Oval House, London.

Film Scripts and Direction

2002             Willing

Acting/Script/Video collaboration with Eva Lis, Felix Nieto, Zena Papaphoti, Wonju Parks. 23.59 Short Film Challenge, screened at Ritzy Cinema, London.

1992             Destination                       Script/Video

Collaboration with Ruth Novacek. Exhibition: Screen on the Green, London.

1991             Shoreditch Lives!               Video

Exhibition: London & Exposure Festival, University of Kent.

1991             Taking Gloria Home           Video script.

Director: Pelin Sidki. Ravensbourne College of Art. Exhibition: Camden Arts Festival.

1990             Waiting for the Nightingale Video

Exhibition: Goldsmiths’ College.

1989             Jazz Tapes: Air Earth Fire Water. Video/dance collaboration.

Exhibition: East End Festival

1988             The Still Point                   Video

Bursary: London Docklands Development Corporation. Exhibition: East End Festival

1987             Gentle Voices and Screams  Video.

G.L.A. awarded bursary & exhibited: London, South Asian Artists Festival & First German Black Film and Video: Audience Favourite Award.

Books:

Chakrabarty, N, Roberts, L, and, Preston, J. (eds.) (2013) Critical Race Theory in England. Abingdon: Routledge.

Journal Chapters:

Chakrabarty, N. (2012) ‘Extract from Bird, a Novel’. New Writing Dundee, 7, pp. 55-63.

Chakrabarty, N. (2012). ‘Buried Alive: the psychoanalysis of racial absence in preparedness/education’ in a special issue: Critical Race Theory in England, Race Ethnicity and Education, 5 (1), 2012, pp. 43-63.

Chakrabarty, N. (2011). ‘The uncanny character of race: an exploration of UK preparedness through youth performance’, in the special issue: Theatre Applications, of RIDE: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 16.3, pp. 403-419.

Chakrabarty, N & Hylton, K, (eds) (2011). Special Issue: ‘ 'Race' and Culture in Tourism, Leisure and Events’, The Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 2011, 3 (1).

Chakrabarty, N. (2010). ‘On growing up (American): And on creating (the other Body)’. Women and the Arts. Issue 2 [online] http://www.bodiesofwork.info/On%20Growing%20Up.html

Chakrabarty, N. (2009). ‘La Divine Comédie: Les rituels de la séduction à Londres, une enquête philosophique sur les malentendus interculturels’, in, Espace Lesbien Rencontres et revue d’études lesbiennes; Actes du 6 Colloque International D’Etudes Lesbiennes. 6. 2009. Toulouse: Bagdam Editions. pp. 39-48.

Chakrabarty, N. (2008). Writing not Terror: a reflection on the massacre in Mumbai, [online] at www.arvonblog.org (3 December 2008).

Chakrabarty, N. (2008). ‘A Journey’, in Marsh, R (ed.) New Writing Dundee. University of Dundee, pp. 44-47.

Chakrabarty, N. (2006). ‘Tjugohundratalets självbiografi’ (Twenty-first-century autobiography). in Mångkultur [Multiculture], in special edition issue of Glanta 3/2006, pp. 85-89.

Book Chapters:

Chakrabarty, N. (2011). ‘Beyond culture: from Beyoncé’s dream, ‘if you thought I would wait for you, you got it wrong’ (2008), to the age of Michelle Obama’, in Intersectionality and ‘race’ in education, K. Bhopal and J. Preston (eds.). London: Routledge.

Chakrabarty, N. (2011).’If I were white… From Beyoncé’s imaginings to the age of Obama’, in Hylton, K., Pilkington, A., Warmington, P., Housee, S. (eds) (2011) Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogues on Critical Race Theory. Birmingham: CSAP/Higher Education.

Chakrabarty, N. & Preston, J. (2007). ‘Putnam’s pink umbrella? Transgressing melancholic social capital’, in H.  Helve and J. Bynner (eds.), Youth and Social Capital. (UK: Tufnell Press).

Conference and Seminar Papers and Public Lectures:

Chakrabarty, N. (2016) A guest lecture and performance reading of my recent work, with reference to my ESRC funded project Emergency Exercise 2010, a performance project (funded by the ESRC Festival of Social Science in 2010), at Quorum, Queen Mary, University of London, (forthcoming, 2 November, 2016).

Chakrabarty, N. (2016) ‘Whither Justice? Reflecting on justification, rationale and temporality in the creative writing workshop on character’, at National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) Conference 2016, Stratford-Upon-Avon, (forthcoming, 11 November 2016).

Chakrabarty, N. (2014) ‘On the Performative Sexuality of Mourning: Hamlet, Sinead, and ‘Sacrifice’ ’, at Spaces of Memory & Performance: Trauma, Affect, Displacement Two Day International Conference (20 June 2014) at University of East London, Centre of Performing Arts Development, London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2014) ‘Bird: a reading from a novel’, practice-based research presented at Memory, Voice, Space: Postgraduate Research Workshop, (7 February 2014) at the School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2013) ‘What’s love got, to do with it? Buried alive: the use of drama to explore the annihilation of race in civil defence performance’, staff seminar (21 November 2013) at Ruskin College, Oxford.

Chakrabarty, N. (2012) ‘The Sexuality of Mourning: Hamlet, Sinead and ‘Sacrifice’ ’, conference paper at Self, Selves and Sexualities (8 March 2012) at Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland.

Chakrabarty, N. (2011).Buried Alive: the psychoanalysis of racial absence in popular culture’, conference paper presented at Cultural Studies and the Popular (1 July 2011) at the American University Paris, France.

Chakrabarty, N. (2010). ‘The uncanny: youth and race in UK preparedness performative exercise’, paper presented at The Society of Educational Studies Conference: Youth Participation and Civic Engagement (6 October 2010) at University of East London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2010). ‘Theatre of Survival: Preparedness Participation and White Supremacy’, a narrative paper presented at NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre, (25 April 2010) at Steindhardt School New York University, New York.

Chakrabarty, N. (2010). ‘The Uncanny: Cultural performance of absence’, at Theatre Applications: Performance with a Purpose International Conference, at The Central School of Speech and Drama in association with RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, (22 April 2010), London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2010). ‘A Tale of Two Cities. Trusting the Obamas, and mistrusting community: race since the G20’, at the 9th Discourse Power Resistance Conference, (31 March 2010), at the University of Greenwich, London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2009). ‘Beyond culture: from Beyoncé’s dream, ‘if you thought I would wait for you, you got it wrong’, to the age of Obama’ at One Day Conference on Intersectionality and 'race': theorising and researching difference (2 July 2009) University of East London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2009). ‘If I were white…From Beyoncé’s imaginings to the age of Obama’ (26 June 2009) Critical Race Theory in the UK. Institute of Education, London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2009). ‘La Divine Comédie: Les rituels de la séduction à Londres, une enquête philosophique sur les malentendus interculturels’, Festival du Printemps de Toulouse (11 April) Maison des associations, 81, rue Saint-Roch, Toulouse, France.

Chakrabarty, N. (2009). ‘Beyond culture: from Beyoncé’s dream, ‘if you thought I would wait for you, you got it wrong’, to the age of Obama‘ at Gender Futures: Law, Critique and the Struggle for Something More’ Conference (3 April) University of Westminster, London.

Chakrabarty, N. (2008). ‘On Growing up American’, (10 October 2008). Symposium on: The Art of Becoming. Creativity and the Teenage Self, University of Dundee.

Chakrabarty, N. (2008). ‘Apocalyptic Mourning: violence and unrequited desire: from The Aspern Papers to Mohammad Sidique Khan's suicide bomber video.' (23 January 2008) Visiting Speaker Programme, Dundee University and (18 March 2008) Discourse Power Resistance, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Chakrabarty, N. (2006). ‘Cultural Mendacity and the Educational Uncanny’, (20 November 2006) at day seminar, Critical Race Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University and (26 March 2007) at Discourse, Power Resistance 6, at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.

Chakrabarty, N. (2006). ‘On not becoming white: The impossibility of multiculturalism while race is fixed/fucked’. (8 June 2006) Clandestino, Gothenburg, Sweden (Performance).

Book Reviews:

Chakrabarty, N. (2008). A review: ‘K. S. Inglis, Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape’, in Issue 12, 2008, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History.

Study Writing for Performance at Ruskin College.

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