Faculty Profile

 

Name : Ira  Bhaskar
Designation : Professor
Centre/School/Special Centre : School of Arts & Aesthetics
Room No : 1, New building
Off. Phone : 26742976
Residence : 27641063, 9899177017
Email : ira@mail.jnu.ac.in   ira.bhaskar@gmail.com
Personal webpage : http://www.jnu.ac.in/Faculty/ira

Qualifications

Ph.D., Cinema Studies. Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 2005
M. Phil., English. Department of English, Delhi University, 1987
M.A., English. Department of English, Delhi University, 1980
B.A. English Hons. Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, 1978 
                                    

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Film and Historical Trauma; Theories of Trauma, Memory, Violence and Representation; Partition and Contemporary Communalism; "Historical Poetics"; Cinema and Modern Subjectivities; Cinema and Islamicate Cultures, Histories, Forms and Idioms; Melodrama and Cinematic Forms; Literature and Film 
                                    

Experience

Professor, Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, February 2008 onwards.
Associate Professor, Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, 2006-2008
Reader, Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, Jan 1996-Jan 2006
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, Jan 1996-Jan 2006
Lecturer, Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, Sept 1980-Jan 1996
Scholar in Residence, York University, Canada, June 2013
Visiting Faculty, The Film Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York, April 2011
Visiting Faculty, at the Dip. Studi Politici e Sociali, University of Pavia, Italy, November 2003
Visiting Faculty at Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Delhi University, 2007-2009
Adjunct Faculty, School of Continuing Education, New York University, the HEOP Program, New York University, 1994, 1995, 1997 and La Guardia Community College, City University of New York, 1994-1995.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, 1994-1995 and 1997
Visiting Faculty, English Department at South Delhi Campus of Delhi University.July 1987-May 1993 (Graduate courses)
Guest Faculty at Various Film Appreciation Courses and Film Courses at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune; The Whistling Woods International Film School, Mumbai; at the School of Convergence, IMI, Delhi; at the India Habitat Centre; at Jamia Milia Islamia; and at different colleges of Delhi University. 
                                    

Awards & Honours

The South/South-east Asian Scholar/Artist in Residence Grant at the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Canada, May 2013
2 year Research Fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), Teenmurti, New Delhi for the years 2010-2012.
British Academy Short term Grant received jointly with Prof. Christine Gledhill, University of Sunderland, UK for a project on "Melodrama and Indian Cinema: Dialogues on the Trans-nationality of a Cinematic Aesthetic," Jan- June 2008.
CICOPS Visiting Fellowship at the Dip. Studi Politici e Sociali, University of Pavia, Italy by the University Centre for International Cooperation and Development, University of Pavia, Italy, Nov-Dec 2003. 
                                    

International Collaboration/Consultancy

Participated in a research project on "The Indian Armed Violence Assessment" organized by the Small Arms Survey, Geneva. Researched and reported on Indian cinema’s response to terrorism and violence in Kashmir. The first phase of the project concluded in September 2011.
International Collaboration with Prof. Richard Allen of New York University on a project on "Muslim Cultures of Bombay cinema" that was undertaken for New York University’s Abu Dhabi Institute that resulted in a Film Festival in Abu Dhabi – Feb-March 2009, a conference on the subject, and a book Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema, March 2009. The Film Festival also travelled to New York City and was held at the Lincoln Centre, April-May 2010
International Collaboration with Prof. Christine Gledhill, University of Sunderland, UK on a British Academy grant for a project on "Melodrama and Indian Cinema: Dialogues on the Trans-nationality of a Cinematic Aesthetic," Jan- June 2008. The report was submitted to the British Academy, and a paper on "Melodrama Dialogues," for the Panel on "Migratory Melodrama: The Case of Indian Cinema," was presented by Prof. Gledhill at the Conference of the Association of Asian Studies Chicago, 26-28 March, 2009
Consultant for a project on 75 Years of Hindi Sound Cinema and also Curatorial Consultant for an Exhibition on 75 Years of Hindi Sound Cinema that was held to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee in 2006 of Indian Sound Cinema at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2006.  
                                    

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5)

Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema. New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2009 (co-authored with Richard Allen).

"Padosi/ Shejari" in 24 Frames : The Cinema of India. Lalitha Gopalan, ed. London: Wall Flower Press, 2009, 36-45.

"On ‘Historical Poetics’, Narrative and Interpretation," in Robert Stam and Toby Miller, Eds., A Companion to Film Theory. London: Blackwell, 1999, 387-412.

"Postmodernism and Neo-Orientalism : Peter Brook’s Mahabharata - Producing India through a body of Multicultural Images," in Brent Plate and David Jasper, Eds., Imag(in)ing Otherness : Filmic Visions of Living Together. Atlanta, Georgia: Scholar’s Press, 1999, 133-165.

"Allegory, Nationalism and Cultural Change in Indian Cinema: Sant Tukaram," Literature and Theology : An International Journal of Religion, Theory and Culture, Vol 12, No.1, March 1998, 50-69. (Oxford University Press) 
                                  

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3)

"Trauma, Melodrama and the Production of Historical Affect: The Partition, Memory and the Contemporary Communal Riot in Indian Cinema," in Film Melodrama Revisited, ed. Dominique Nasta & Muriel Andrin. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013.

"The Indian New Wave" in A Handbook of Indian Cinemas, Edited by K. Moti Gokulsing and Wimal Dissanayake. London: Routledge, 2013

"Emotion, Subjectivity, and the Limits of Desire: Melodrama and Modernity in Bombay Cinema, 1940s-50s" in Gender Meets Genre in Postwar Cinema. Christine Gledhill, Ed. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2012, 161-176.  
                                    

Patents (if any)

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