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Throughout the spring 2021 semester, leading communication scholars and artists will join the ASU community to imagine different worlds, different relational formations and a different university. Centering the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism, xenophobic violence and fascist growth animating the context constituted as “now,” we have nothing left but to imagine something and somewhere else.
We invite you to join us in Imagining a Different University!
Dr. Pavithra Prasad is a Los Angeles-based writer, scholar and performer working at the intersection of textual narrative and performance art. Born and raised in Chennai in South India, her aesthetic engages decolonial forms of narrative, music composition and language praxis. Her mixed-method research and performances map South Asian futurism and global anti-racist coalition. Her ethnographic work on race and psychedelic subculture in India, informs and ignites the cultural criticism embedded in her creative work. Her mixed-method research and performances prioritize deep play as political practice. Pavi’s work as a performer, playwright and director aims to translate critical theory into performance and connect scholarship with progressive politics beyond the academy. She is winner of the 2020 OSCLG Creative Expression Award for her performance work Notes on the Terrestrial Performance of Outer Space. She was a featured artist in the Live Artists Live performance biennale at University of Southern California's Roski School of Art and is an Artist-in-Residence at the Lux Art Institute in March 2021. She holds a PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University and is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge.