Dr Monica Mottin
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 global development projects. I have also worked as a social development adviser and country representative for NGOs in 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, critical theory and research methods, in particular ethnography and arts-based research. Most of Ruskin students are also committed activists at the forefront of social change.
I joined Ruskin because of working with our students means combining theoretical discussion with practical transformative action to bring about a better world together.
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.