Visting Faculty

The school has been able to offer several exciting optional courses on a wide array of subjects that complement the subjects taught as part of the regular curricula. Distinguished scholars who have come as Visiting Faculty include Dr Geeta Kapur, Prof. Jyotindra Jain, Dr Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Dr Ashok Ranade, Dr Asok Kumar Das, Dr R.Nagaswamy, Prof. Lokendra Arambam, Prof. B.N. Goswamy, Dr Annapurna Garimella, Shri Kumar Sahni, Dr Urmila Bhirdikar, Dr Madhava Prasad, Dr Ravi Vasudevan from India and Dr Mary Storm, Dr Isabella Nardi, Dr Woodman Taylor, Prof. John Clark, Prof. Natalie Boymel Kampen, Prof. Thierry de Duve, Prof. Avinoam Shalem, Prof. Sue Ellen Case, Dr Sudipto Chatterjee, Dr Richard Allen, Dr Christine Gledhill from abroad.

Tagore Fellow

Lalitha Gopalan, Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian Studies and South Asia Institute at the University of Texas, Austin was appointed as a Tagore Fellow in 2013 under the Tagore Fellowship Cultural Research, a major scheme of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Her fellowship affiliation was with the Cinema Studies Stream of the School from January to May 2013.

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan 

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan  teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Bombay after completing his PhD from the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. He was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University (Houston TX). His areas of interest include the study of masculinity, Malayalam cinema with an emphasis on the link between aesthetics and economics, and questions of regional culture. He is currently working on a project titled ‘The Worlds of the Region’ focusing on the non-national resources that constitute regional cultures in postcolonial India.

Nitin Govil

Nitin Govil is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is the co-author of Global Hollywood (2001) and Global Hollywood 2 (2005). Other work has been published in several journals and anthologies and has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. He is currently completing two books, a co-authored study of the Indian film industries and a book on Hollywood in India. He was Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA, in the Monsoon semester, 2007 in the months of July-August.

Christine Gledhill

Christine Gledhill is Visiting Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Sunderland (UK). She has written extensively on feminist film criticism, on melodrama and cinema, and on British cinema, publishing in 2003 Reframing British Cinema, 1918-1928: Between Restraint and Passion. She was Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA, twice: in the winter semester of 2008 – January-May, and again in 2010 during the Monsoon semester in the months of August-December.

Ravi Vasudevan

Ravi Vasudevan works at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and is co-founder of SARAI, the CSDS urban and media studies research program. Vasudevan is editorial advisor to Screen, part of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series, and co-founder of the journal BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. His publications include (ed.) Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (Delhi, OUP, 2000) and The Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema (Permanent Black, 2010). He was guest faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA twice: in the winter semesters of 2008 and 2010 during the months – January-May.

Neepa Majumdar

Neepa Majumdar is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her book Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s won an honorable mention in the Society for Cinema and Media Study's First Book Award category in 2011. Her essays have appeared in various international journals and collected volumes. She was Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA, in the Monsoon semester 2008 in the months of August-December.

Madhava Prasad

Madhava Prasad is a Professor of Film Studies at The Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. He is the author of Ideology of the Hindi Film (Delhi: OUP, 1988) and is the author of several essays on Film and Cultural Studies. He was Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA, in the Monsoon Semester, 2009 during the months August-December.

Veena Hariharan

Veena Hariharan is currently Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She completed her PhD from the Critical Studies Division of the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2011. Her dissertation focuses on colonial home movies, and the first-person documentary in contemporary India. She has been Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA twice: in the winter semesters of 2009 and 2012.

Mark Betz

Mark Betz is Reader in Film Studies, King’s College, London, UK. He was previously Assistant professor Film/Media Studies at the University of Alberta. He is an editorial board member of Cinema Journal and on the advisory board of Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies. Betz is the author of Beyond the Subtitle: Remapping European Art Cinema. He was Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA in the winter semester of 2011 – January-May.

Usha Iyer

Usha Iyer is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation focuses on iconic dancer-actresses from the 1930s to the 1990s to examine the role of dance in the construction of female stardom in popular Hindi cinema. She has forthcoming publications on intertextual song-and-dance sequences in recent Bollywood films in the volume, ‘Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films’, and on the Ramsay horror film in the anthology, ‘Figurations in Indian Film’. She is currently Visiting Faculty, Cinema Studies at SAA, in the Monsoon semester, 2013, during the months of August-December.

Dr Urmimala Sarkar

Urmimala Sarkar is a trained dancer and choreographer and is also a social anthropologist specializing in Dance Studies. She is co-Chair of the Research and Documentation Network of the World Dance Alliance-Asia Pacific. Sarkar has done extensive research on “Indian Dance: Theory and Practice”, “Living Traditions”, “Dance, Gender, Society”, Therapeutic Use of Movement Systems” and “Performance Documentation”. She has contributed articles to numerous journals, has edited Dance: Transcending Borders (Tulika Books 2008) and Traversing Traditions: Celebrating Dance in India (Routledge 2010). She is the co-author with Bishnupriya Dutt of Engendering Performance: Indian Performer’s Journey in Search of an Identity (Sage 2010).

Dr Soumayabrata Choudhury

Soumayabrata Choudhury is a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla. His doctoral work was on the ‘Pragmatics of death and modes of individuation in the figures of Socrates, Antigone & Jesus Christ.’ He is also a playwright and theatre director. He has taught courses on “Movements and concepts in Performance”, “Cultural Studies and Performance” “World Theatre: Theory and practice” and “Research Methodology”. Choudhury’s seminar papers and publications include “The Birth of Affect: Reading Dionysus in Nietzsche’s Theory of Tragedy” in Nietzsche: Philologist, Philosopher, and Cultural Critic, ed. Franson Manjali, Allied Publishers, 2006; “Schizophrenia and Critique of Psychoanalysis: Notes on a Culture of Joy” in Post Structuralism and Cultural Theory, ed. Franson Manjali, Allied Publishers, 2006; “The Cathartic and Reflective Moments in Schiller’s Aesthetic Education”, in Schiller and Aesthetic Education, Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan) & Centre for German Studies, School of Languages, JNU, 2006; “Hegel and Lacan” published in Signification in Language and Culture, ed. HS Gill, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla. An extended interview with the actor Naseeruddin Shah was published in India Magazine, 1997.

Dr Rakhee Balaram

Rakhee Balaram specializes in modern and contemporary art and literature. She has completed a doctorate in French at Cambridge University on Surrealism and women’s writing. She has also completed and submitted a second doctorate on contemporary women’s art practices in France at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her interests are wide and diverse and span European and American twentieth-century art, the art of the historical and later avant-gardes, curatorial practice, theory, and most recently, the art of India and China. Balaram is presently working on issues related to twentieth-century Indian art. She has published works on Surrealist art, literature and film and is currently working on a larger project with curator Cornelia Homburg on Vincent Van Gogh.

Santhosh. S

Santhosh. S has completed his post-graduation in Art Criticism from the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, the M.S. University of Baroda. Author of a few seminal research articles in various publications and number of catalogue essays, for a while he has assisted UGC-ASIHSS Programme in the same department. His area of work is in the field of critical historiography of Indian art historical studies and cultural practices in relation to minoritarian politics. He has co-coordinated national seminar Cultural Practice and Discourses of the ‘Minor’ in 2007, Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda and The World, the Text and the Critic: Re-Membering Edward W. Said in 2003 at the Department of Art History And Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. He is working towards completing his Ph.D. titled, Modernism, Modernity and Institutionalization of Culture. He is also one of the Project Directors of The Curatorship Programme (2010-2013), a series of five traveling workshops and a colloquium on curation, an initiative of India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, India and funded by Dorabji Tata Trust.

Trina Nileena Banerjee

Trina Nileena Banerjee is a doctoral student at CSSS, Kolkata where she is working on her thesis Performance, Autonomy and the Politics of the Marginal: Women in the Group Theatre Movement in India (1950-2005). She is currently also working on a monograph on Embodying Suffering: Interface(s) between Women’s Protest Movements and Women’s Performance in Contemporary Manipur (1980-2010) on a two-year project grant from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Asian Studies Centre. Her research interests include Gender, Performance, Political Theatre, Theories of the Body, Postcolonial Theatre and South Asian History. She has publications (past and forthcoming) on these subjects and has presented papers on the same at both national and international seminars. Trina is also a thespian and has acted in a number of critically acclaimed theatrical and filmic productions.