Dr Nisha Poyyaprath Rayaroth

Dr Nisha Poyyaprath Rayaroth is currently an SSRC Transregional Research Fellow with Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  She received her doctorate from Delhi University, India in 2015. Her research was on the social history of circus and circus performances in twentieth century South India. Her monograph, The Jumping Devils: A Tale of Circus Bodies has been published in the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Paper Series. Her writings have appeared, amongst others, in Indian Economic and Social History ReviewEconomic and Political WeeklyConservation and SocietyIndian Journal of Gender Studies and Social Science Probings. She has been awarded the Swedish South Asia Studies Network postdoctoral fellowship in Lund University, Sweden, Charles Wallace India Trust Research Grant, UK, Indian Council of Historical Research Junior Research Fellowship, New Delhi and the Papiya Ghosh Memorial Trust Ph.D Fellowship from Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, India. She is working on her book provisionally titled Jumbos and Jumping Devils: A Social History of Indian Circus to be published by the Oxford University Press, India. She has curated a photo exhibition on Indian Circus at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in 2013 (18-24 January) and organized an international conference, Circus Histories and Theories (21-22 June 2018) in Centre for Indian Studies in Africa.