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Anuja Jain

Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Center for Film Studies, 152


BA University of Delhi
MA University of Delhi
PHD New York University

Anuja Jain

Anuja Jain's research and teaching revolves around South Asian film, media and visual culture with an emphasis on documentary film, film poetics, archiveology, media publics, postcolonial studies, crisis and cultural memory. In addition to courses on South Asian cinema, she teaches classes on world cinema, film history, language of cinema; and specialised seminars on East Asian cinema, global melodrama and colour. She is the co-editor of the dossier, The Poetics of Indian Cinema (Screen 2017). Her essays have appeared in journals like MARG, Screen, The Velvet Light Trap, South Asian Popular Culture and in the anthologies Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood, Blackwell Companion to Indian Cinema, InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen, Narratives of Indian Cinema, and The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

She is completing a monograph that is the first book length study of independent documentary film and video in India that focuses on the genocidal religious violence mobilized by the Hindu right-wing, 1990s - 2000s. The book interrogates the radical and ethical implications of linkages of crisis, documentary and spectatorship within the non-western, South Asian and postcolonial framework. Interrogating the poetics of documentary form, the book focuses on the strategies and tropes of politically committed cinema, and its intervention in moments of crisis. Looking at the prodigious varieties of documentary forms that emerged in this period, from expository documentaries and video diaries to video art, the book not only fulfils the absence of scholarship on Indian documentary cinema and video, it also makes critical interventions in the literature on audio-visual practices representing suffering and crisis. The project has a resounding global resonance, and contributes to the fields of documentary studies, media technologies, memory studies, transnational feminist studies, South Asian studies, and postcolonial and trauma theory. She has organised panels on this project and these issues at SCMS (Society for Cinema & Media Studies). 

Professor Jain is the recipient of fellowships from American Institute of Indian Studies, Chao Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University, and more recently, a visiting fellowship at the King's India Institute, King's College London. 

She is also working on a second research project where her interest is to explore the reuse and recycling of the past in contemporary Indian cinema. Exploring the possibilities of the historiographic function of citational mode of cinema, she has organised panels at SCMS and Screen. 

Anuja earned her B.A., M.A. and M.Phil. in English from University of Delhi, India followed by a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University. 

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Office Hours

Spring 2022

Thursday, 12.30 - 1.30 pm; 3-4 pm  

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Fall 2022
FILM 329 - 01
Indian Cinema

FILM 397 - 01
Cinema and City