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Healing on a World Stage

The Georgetown Hoya

"Over the summer, Devika Ranjan (SFS ’17) lived along one of the world’s most dangerous borders with an important task at hand. Armed with nothing but a grant from the Kathryn Davis Foundation, Ranjan was working on a peace-building project — one that did not entail moderating dialogue between opposing forces or campaigning against pro-conflict government factions. Instead, she was conducting theater workshops."

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UNDERGRADUATE CULTURAL IDENTITY, REFUGEE ADVOCATE WINS MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP

Georgetown University

"“Devika's extraordinary efforts to engage marginalized communities through performance reflect our University's most deeply-held values,” says Georgetown President John. J. DeGioia. “We are so proud that Devika has won the Marshall.”"

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Researchers seek to map racism across the university

University of Cambridge

Devika Ranjan, the third member of the ‘End Everyday Racism’ team, who has also worked on The Whistle as well as with the Decolonise Sociology working group, expressed a similar sentiment to Varsity: “I was only in Cambridge for a year for my Masters’, but I was shocked by the amount of racism embedded in the institution. Not only racist experiences I had myself, but also things I would hear about from the people around me. And a lot of this, we talked about amongst friends and we were outraged – and then it got no further.”

“What’s exciting for me here – these experiences that we have get to be part of this larger collective.”

"Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange"
HowlRound, may 23, 2018. 

"During our time in Edinburgh, at a moment when discussion was being dominated by a small group of native English speakers, Lab Fellow Devika Ranjan offered us this guideline to help bring more voices into conversation and to raise awareness of the space we each take up: If a person feels that he/she/they are generally quiet or don't usually contribute to the discussion, that person should "step up" and offer opinions to the group. Conversely, if a person tends to speak a lot and dominate conversation, that person should consciously "step back" and allow others to take the lead. We have found this practice supports the cultivation of a culture of deep listening."

"the refuge of the stage
American theatre, april 24, 2018. 

"Devika Ranjan, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge whose area of expertise is the ethnographic and oral stories of refugees and migrants, anticipates that theatres will become increasingly receptive to presenting the works of non-professionals who want to tell their stories in their own way. Ranjan, who will receive a second graduate degree in devised theatre, is part of the first cohort of fellows from Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics."

DEvika Ranjan of Georgetown University Named Marshall Scholar

Lokvani.com.

"Devika Ranjan of Georgetown University was one of the 40 winners of the 2017 Marshall Scholarships for postgraduate studies in the U.K. announced by The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission on December 12th."

"Natrang fecilitates US scholar Devika Ranjan"
State Times News, July 19, 2016. 

"JAMMU: US scholar Devika Ranjan, who came all way from Georgetown University, Washington DC to conduct two workshops for Natrang, was felicitated here on Monday by Natrang Director Balwant Thakur in a valedictory function at Natrang Studio Theatre Jammu. Devika Ranjan conducted two different workshops for Natrang using the methodology of Forum Theatre."

"Natrang gives a warm send-off to foreign Scholar"
Daily Excelsior News, July 18, 2016. 

"As a visiting scholar from the United States, Devika had a close look study of Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement. She has a strong theatrical background in acting at both a community and university level. She has directed two full-length plays, devised a work based on ethnographic poetry, and written a one-act play."

"NRI Researcher finds Indian, Pak theatre identical"
The Tribune, June 12, 2015. 

"Devika said while on her fellowship study on theatre, she had interacted with many people from Pakistan and India and found abundant similarities between the both, not on the theatrical front only, but for their longing for brotherhood and peace among themselves.“I found both the people of India and Pakistan are on the same page as far as their views on art, culture, language, food, clothing and mannerism are concerned. Like Indians, Pakistanis, too, are equally sound in presenting and performing the theatre of quality that perfectly connected to my fellowship demands,” said Devika."

"US Scholar Studies Natrang's theatre work"
 Daily Excelsior, June 6, 2015. 

Interested in art in post-conflict zones, Devika came to study Natrang because of its focus on regional peace and heritage preservation. She hopes to explore the intersection of art and identity.  She witnessed the globally acclaimed Dogri play “Bawa Jitto” stagedat Aghar Jitto Mela, led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises, and studiedBalwant Thakur’s innovative work and his art of assimilation with regional performing art traditions.

"Scholar from Washington DC to study Natrang's work" 
Early Times, June 6, 2015. 

"Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days will also enrich the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the Ambassador of Natrang’s work in USA."