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Dr Royona Mitra
Associate Dean / Professor - Dance and Performance Cultures

Gaskell Building 110


Royona is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave, May 2015). Her book is the winner of 2017 de la Torre Bueno First Book Award awarded by the prestigious Dance Studies Association (DSA) and the runner-up for the 2016 Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) New Career Research in Theatre/Performance.

She has a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London (2011) on the British-Bangladeshi dance artist Akram Khan, an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance from the University of Plymouth (2000). She trained in classical and contemporary South Asian dance in India and specialised in physical theatre in the UK. 

Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, Royona was a Senior Lecturer in the Drama Department at University of Wolverhampton where she was also the MA Drama Course Leader. She has also taught in the Theatre and Performance Department at the University of Plymouth.

Royona was elected as Secretary to join the Executive Committee for SCUDD (Standing Conference for University Drama Department) from 2013-2016. She is an elected member of DSA’s (Dance Studies Association) Board of Directors, and a member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) (2018-). She has served on the editorial board for DSA's Studies in Dance History series (2015-2018) and was a co-editor for the Training Grounds section of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal (2015-2018).


Royona is Associate Dean of Equality and Diversity of CBASS, a member of the Athena SWAN SAT team in the Department of Arts & Humanities, and also a departmental representative on Brunel's Student Success Project.

Newest selected publications

Mitra, R. (2022) 'Unmaking Contact: Choreographic Touch at the Intersections of Race, Caste, and Gender'. Dance Research Journal, 53 (3). pp. 6 - 24. ISSN: 0149-7677 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mitra, R. and Patel, J. (Accepted) 'Kathak is Always Already Queer: Jaivant Patel Dance and I Am Your Skin (2021)', in Purkayastha, P. and Banerji, A. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Indian Dance.

Book chapter

Mitra, R. (Accepted) 'A Letter to Nahidji: On Dance as Protest', in Mock, R., Young, H. and de Guevara, VL. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Bodies in Performance.

Book chapter

Bailes, SJ., Hemsley, A., Mitra, R., Shah, R., Stanger, A. and Toussaint-Baptiste, J. (2021) 'Unsettling sound: Some traces'. Theatre Research International, 46 (2). pp. 230 - 245. ISSN: 0307-8833

Journal article

Mitra, R. (2021) 'Dancing the Archive Brown, Dancing the Archive Other in Akram Khan's XENOS (2018)'. Contemporary Theatre Review, 31 (1-2). pp. 91 - 112. ISSN: 1048-6801 Open Access Link

Journal article
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