Rashna Darius Nicholson is a theatre historian with specializations in South Asian and Palestinian theatre. She studied Performance Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Copenhagen and holds a PhD (summa cum laude) from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Prior to joining HKU she held a research fellowship at the ERC-Developing Theatres Project, LMU Munich. Her research interests include Parsi theatre, Palestinian cultural funding and development, Indian theatre historiography, world literature, South Asian fascism, Gujarati literature and linguistics, religious reformations and the globalization of opera.


Courses offered in 2018-2019

ENGL1030       Dramatic changes: Versions of Renaissance literature
ENGL2134       World literature




Selected Publications

‘Troubling Race: The Eastward Success and Westward Failure of the Parsi theatre’, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 44:1, doi: 10.1177/1748372717735819

‘The Picture, the Parable, the Performance and the Sword: Secularism’s Demographic Imperatives’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, doi: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1381342

‘From India to India: The Performative Unworlding of Literature’, Theatre Research International, 42:1 (March 2017)

‘Corporeality, Aryanism, Race: the theatre and social reform of the Parsis of Western India’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 38.4 (December 2015)



Last updated: 9 July 2018