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Lalita du Perron

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Lalita du Perron

Associate Director

Lalita du Perron received her PhD from the Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia at SOAS at the University of London. Her monograph Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre: Thumri Lyrics was published by Routledge in 2007, followed in 2013 by the co-authored The Songs of Khyal, published by Manohar. In 2009 Lalita became the Associate Director of the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also served as the Academic Director of the South Asia Summer Language Institute. During her time at UW-Madison she developed and taught numerous courses on the languages and cultures of South Asia, including Gender and Sexuality in South Asia for incoming first-year students, and an online-only survey course entitled Contemporary Indian Society. Her broad research interests range from song texts and courtesan performance in colonial India to gender and LGBTQ issues in contemporary South Asia. She was recently published in a special issue of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, “Queer Forum on Navigating Normativity Between Field and Academe in India”. An article from her current project on sexual harassment culture in North India, “Eve-teasing in song: coercion, consent, Krishna, and courtesans” is in press with South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.