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Dr Anuja Jain

Lecturer

My research and teaching revolves around South Asian film, media and visual culture; documentary film; film aesthetics; experimental film and moving image art; transnational film history; Asian Cinemas; memory and historical trauma; media publics and citizenship

I completed my Ph.D. from New York University and before coming to St Andrews in 2016, I was a South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University in Houston, Texas, US.

Currently, I am completing a monograph which examines the role of  documentary film and video practices in mediating conflict in post-Partition India with a specific focus on contemporary instances of Hindu Right instigated violence.

I am also working on a second book project that focuses on the archival impulse in Indian cinema.

I am co-editor of The Poetics of Indian Cinema (Screen 2017) that moves away from Indian cinema’s industrial and journalistic frames of reference, and instead considers, either theoretically or methodologically, questions pertaining to compositional principles, form and style in Indian cinema from the 1930s to the present. Doing so, it invites a (re)consideration of more general issues in Indian film history.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

“Curation and Exhibition of Experimental Film and Video Art in South Asia,” Special issue on Indian Documentary, ed. Ravi Vasudevan, Marg, Journal of Indian Art (Mumbai: Marg Publications, 2018), pp. 96-99.

Love Sex Aur Dhoka: A New Morphology of Contemporary Bombay Cinema,” The Poetics of Indian Cinema, dossier in Screen, eds. Sudhir Mahadevan and Anuja Jain, vol. 58, issue 1 (Spring 2017), pp. 98-106.

“Introduction,” The Poetics of Indian Cinema, dossier in Screen (Spring 2017), pp. 59-63.

“Curious Case of the Films Division: Some Annotations on the Beginnings of Indian Documentary Cinema in Post-Independent India, 1940s-1960s,” The Archive, special issue of The Velvet Light Trap, 71 (March 2013), pp. 15-26.

“‘Beaming it live’: 24 hour Television News, the Spectator and the Spectacle of the 2002 Gujarat Carnage,” InterMedia, special issue of the Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, eds. Anustup Basu, Rajinder Dudrah, Sangita Gopal and Amit Rai, vol. 8, no. 2 (July 2010), pp. 163–178

------------Reprinted in InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen, ed. Anustup Basu, Rajinder Dudrah, Sangita Gopal and Amit Rai (Routledge, 2012).


Essays in Edited Collections

 Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan: The Politics and legacies of New Wave Movement in Contemporary Indian Cinema,” Breaching Bollywood’s Bastion: India’s New Independent Cinema Revolution, ed. Ashvin Devasundaram (Routledge, November 2018), pp. 11-24.

“The Melodramatic Imaginings: Representations of Sectarianism in Hindi Popular Cinema and Indian Documentaries,” Narratives of Indian Cinema, ed. Manju Jain (Delhi: Primus, 2009), pp. 85-95.

“Media Against Communalism (India),” The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, ed. John H. Downing (Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, October 2010), pp. 319-321.


Forthcoming

“‘In Search of the Other Song’: Gender, Performance and Aurality in Contemporary Indian Documentary Cinema,” Blackwell Companion to Indian Cinema, eds. Neepa Majumdar and Ranjani Mazumdar (2018).

 

Current research

Fellowships/Grants

Visiting Fellow, King's India Institute, King's College London, Fall 2018

British Academy US-UK Early Career Workshop on Violence, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Spring 2018

 

Invited Talks

"Afterlives of Sleaze: Taste, Trash and Contemporary Bombay Cinema.” King's India Institute, King's College London, January 2018.

“Vernacular Performance on Film.” Barnard College, New York, April 2014.

“The Evolution of Indian Cinema: 100 Years of Indian Cinema” Harvard South Asia Institute, Harvard University, Massachusetts, November 2013.


Conferences  

“Re-membering Archives and Memory: En Route and Amateur Film in Postcolonial India”, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, March 2019.

“Lost Experiments and New histories of Experimental Film and Moving Image in India,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, March 14-18, 2018.

“Sleaze, Celluloid and Bombay Cinema: Miss Lovely and Film History,” Screen Studies Conference, June 23-25, 2017.

“The Politics and legacies of New Wave Movement in Contemporary South Asian Cinema,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Atlanta, March 30-April 3, 2016.

“Performance and the Self in Contemporary Indian Documentary Cinema,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Montreal, March 25-29, 2015.

“Stars of Bombay Cinema: Rajesh Khanna and Stardom,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, March 19-23, 2014.

 “Cultures of Masculinity: Gender and Sexuality in Indian Documentary Film,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, March 6-10, 2013.

“Representing Crisis: Cinema and Citizenship in the Post-Secular World,” Visible Evidence XVIII, New York University, August 11-14, 2011.

“‘Beaming it live’: 24-hour Television News, the Spectator and the Spectacle of the 2002 Gujarat carnage,” 4th International South Asian Popular Culture Conference, University of Manchester, UK, July 6-7, 2009.

 

 

Research supervision

I would welcome projects from students working in various areas of South Asian cinema, experimental film and moving image, transnational visual and material cultures, film and politics, documentary film, memory and trauma studies.

Given my own interdisciplinary work, I would also welcome co-supervisions across Schools within the university for projects with a focus on visual culture and intermedial study of film.

I am currently supervising:

Teaching