Rashmi Sawhney


Rashmi Sawhney


Associate Professor


Cinema Studies


Arts & Aesthetics

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Ph.D., Film and Cultural Studies. Centre for Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland. 2007

M.A. by Research, Cultural Studies. Centre for Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland. 2003

PG.D., Mass Communications. Narseemonjee Institute of Management Studies, Bombay.1997

B.Sc., Chemistry and Photography. Fergusson College, University of Poona. 1994

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

South Asian Cinema; Cinema and History; Cinema and Gender; Science Fiction Cinema; Archives and Film Curation; Migration and Cinema; Transnational Cinema; Moving Image Studies; Cultural Studies


Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, March 2014 onwards.

Lecturer in Visual and Cultural Studies, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin, 2007-14 (on leave from 2012-14).

Associate Member, Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS), a public media project located at the Dublin Institute of Technology, 2007-12.

Programme Officer, Arts Practice and Curatorship, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, 2012-14.

Associate Faculty, M.Phil. Programme in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict, Department of Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin, 2008-11.

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Film Studies, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College, Dublin, 2006-7.

Research Assistant, Global Networks Group, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2006-7.

Tutor, School of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick, 2002-5.

Senior Response Officer, The Times of India Group of Publications, multiple locations, 1999-2001.

Guest Faculty at various educational institutions across India, including Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore; St Joseph's College, Bangalore; Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore; Central University of Rajasthan, Kishangarh; Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai; Dept. of English, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.

Awards & Honours:

Research Grant for a manuscript on Indian women filmmakers, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2008-9

Long Room Hub and DIT joint grant for an international symposium, Trinity College Dublin, 2011

Languages and Cultural Studies scholarship, University of Limerick, 2002-7

International Collaboration/Consultancy:

Established a cross-institutional collaboration for an Mphil and PhD programme between The Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice and Trinity College, Dublin in association with Dr Alan Grossman, Dr Aine O’Brien and Dr Ronit Lentin.

Through the Forum on Migration and Communications (www.fomacs.com) organised the Cinemas of Migration Film Festival (2008-9) in collaboration with the European Union Institutes for Culture.

Organised the 'Negotiated Histories, Identities and Public Cultures' symposium series (2010), a collaboration between the Irish Film Institute, The Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice and FOMACS .

Convened a day-long seminar titled 'Intersecting Contexts: Media Cultures, Politics and Identities' at the 21st ECMSAS, Bonn (2010), in collaboration with Dr Shakuntala Banaji (LSE).

Organised symposia (2010 and 2011) on contemporary Indian cinema in collaboration with the Indian Film Festival of Ireland.

Worked on a year-long research project on 'Globalisation and Indian Cinema' (2006-7) with Dr Deana Heath, anchored at the Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.

Co-ordinated an international conference on 'Postmodernism: the Global Moment' (2004), a collaboration between the University of Limerick, Ireland and The Kogakuin University, Tokyo.

Participated in the Learning Labs project (2010), lead by Dr Aine O’Brien, Prof. Handle Wright, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, and Prof. Andrea Durbach.

Participated in a digital storytelling workshop (2009) led by faculty from the Centre for Digitial Storytelling, LA.

Through India Foundation for the Arts, wrote various reports about contemporary arts practice in the visual arts, cinema and photography in India, as well as on curation in the context of museums and archives (2012-14).

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5):

"Through the Lens of A ‘Branded Criminal': the Politics of Marginal Cinema in India," (2009) in South Asian Media Cultures: Audiences, Reception, Contexts, Shakuntala Banaji ed., London: Anthem Press, 201-20.

"Imagining an Adivasi Cinema: Exploratory Notes," (2009) in Indigeneity: Culture and Representation, Eds. Devy, Davis and Chakravarty, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 378-93.

"Apotheosis or Apparition: Bombay and the Village in 1990s Women's Cinema," (2007) Film Studies (special issue on ‘Visualising the City), Alan Marcus ed., Vol 11, Manchester University Press, 1-13.

"Sectarian Violence in Contemporary Indian Cinema: Aesthetics of Dev and Mr and Mrs Iyer," (2006) in Studies in Irish Cinema: National Cinemas and World Cinema, Eds. John Hill and Kevin Rockett, Vol iii, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 93-104.

"Postmodernism and the Aesthetics of Time: an Indian Perspective," (June 2005) in LITTCRIT, Vol. 31, No. 1, 27-36.

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3):

"Revising the Colonial Past, Undoing 'National' Histories: Women Filmmakers in Kannada, Marathi and Bengali Cinemas," (forthcoming, 2014) in Doing Women's Film History, Eds. Christine Gledhill and Julia Knight. University of Illinois Press.

"Writing History in the Dark: Fatma Begum in Conversation with Miss Kitty," (2013) in ArtConnect, Vol 7, No.1 (special issue on cinema). Bangalore: India Foundation for the Arts.

"The Virtual Reality of Indian Cinema: Spectatroship as Enactment of 'Becoming Modern' " (2012) in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (special issue on cinema, ed. Lynne Pierce), Vol 14, No. 3, 395-409. Routledge.