Vicky Shandil

Vicky’s professional life began as a secondary school teacher of English and Social Science in Fiji. Later he took up teaching positions at Fiji National University and The University of the South Pacific. The work at the two universities facilitated the fulfilment of Vicky’s desire to become a researcher rather than remain researched. Vicky’s research interests include Gender Studies with a particular focus on applying this theoretical framework to analysing oral literature performances among the Indo-Fijian community in Fiji. His MA focused on the influential role folklore performances played in the ‘gendering’ process of individuals. He was born in a northern town of Fiji and then education and vocation motivated his move to Suva where he worked and studied for 15 years before taking up a Victoria Doctoral Scholarship in 2016. Vicky’s current research aims to study the presence of gender liminality in Indo-Fijian performances. The study will also analyse how the Pacific setting may have influenced the gender situation of a diasporic community.



The body in movement is, in and of itself, a political body. Vicky Shandil explores this notion in relation to IndoFijian Cultural Performances.


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