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Faculty Members

Dr. Rashmi Doraiswamy

Officiating Director

Office Address:
MMAJ Academy of International Studies,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
New Delhi-110025

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Dr Rashmi Doraiswamy studied Russian language and literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis was on Mikhail Bakhtin, the Russian philosopher. She is currently Professor (Central Asia) at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. Her writings on literature and cinema have been published in prestigious Indian and foreign publications. She was the recipient of the National Award for the Best Film Critic in 1995. She was awarded the MAJLIS research fellowship in 1999 for a project entitled ‘Changing Narrative Strategies of hindi Cinema’. She was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Tadjik Filmmakers’ Union for the active promotion of Tadjik cinema in 1991. Her entry on ‘Film and Literature (India)’ has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 2005). She has participated in national and international seminars on cultural issues and has served on several film festival juries in India and abroad. She has lectured extensively on cinema at film appreciation courses. She is co-editor of the book Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia (Macmillan, 2002). She is author of The Post-Soviet Condition: Chingiz Aitmatov in the ’90s (Aakar, 2005). She is currently Honorary Deputy Director of the Academy of Third World Studies.

Academic Qualification

S.No.
Year
Degree
Institution
1
1989
Ph.D.
Centre for Russian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2
1980
M. Phil.
Centre for Russian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dissertation Title: A Critique of Mikhail Bakhtin’s Theory of Literature in the Context of Contemporary Theories of Literature and the Formalist School of the 20s
3
1981
M.A. (Russian Language and Literature)
Centre for Russian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
4
1979
B.A. (Russian Language and Literature)
Centre for Russian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


Previous employment Profile

  1. Jan. 2003 – October 2005: Reader (Central Asia), Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia,
  2. 1988 – 2003: Lecturer (Russian), Dept. of English and Modern European Languages, University of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Promoted to grade of Reader in August 2003

Courses Taught

  • * Russian Language
  • *Theory of Literature (course for M.Phil English Literature students): Formalism, Bakhtin, Structuralism,Post-Structuralism,Psychoanalysis
  • *Continental Fiction ( including Russian literature – course for M.Phil English Literature students)
  • *Texts of Popular Culture (course for M.Phil English Literature students)
  • *Film Theory, International Film Movements, Popular Cinema and Masters of World Cinema, including Indian Cinema (course for postgraduate students at the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia)

Courses Attended

  • *Attended Refresher Course entitled ‘Indian Literature from 1750 – 2000: Text, Tradition, Translation’, CPDHE, University of Delhi, 28 December 2004 – 17 January 2005
  • *Attended Refresher Course in Russian at CIEFL , Hyderabad, 9th – 29th December, 2001
  • *Attended The Script Workshop conducted by Jean-Claude Carriere, 29th September – 3rd October, 2001, French Cultural Centre, New Delhi
  • *Attended Orientation Course at ASC, JMI 21 February to 22 March 2001
    Also given certificate of outstanding participation

Award

  • *Awarded the Best Film Critic Award – Gold Medal - of the year 1994 in 1995 at the 42nd National Film Awards by the President of India

Served As Member Of Jury

  1. September 2005: Served as Selection Committee Member of Foreign films for IFFI 2005 to be held in Goa.
  2. June 2005: Selection Committee member at Talent Campus India, as part of the Berlin Film Festival/Cinefan scout for young filmmakers from India
  3. July 26 – August 14 2004: Member of Feature Film Jury of National Awards
  4. June 12 2004: Selection Committee member at Talent Campus India, as part of the Berlin Film Festival/Cinefan scout for young filmmakers from India
  5. July 2003: Member, Book Jury, National film awards, New Delhi
  6. June 4th – 17th, 2003: Member, FIPRESCI Jury, Sochi Int’l Film Festival
  7. June 2000: Served as member of the National awards Non-Feature Film Jury
  8. September 9 – 18, 1999: FIPRESCI Jury at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival
  9. Sept. 1998: NETPAC Jury at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival
  10. March 1998: Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts (Video Section)
  11. Oct 1989:  Festival: Mannheim International Film

Papers Presented

  1. The Ontology of the Performative Image: The Saint-Poet Films of Prabhat, International Conference on 'The Social and Material life of Indian Cinema' New York University, 20-23 April 2006
  2. Terror, Resistance, Laughter, Literature: Fazil Iskander's Sandro of Chegem, Panel Discussion on Terror and Resistance, Academy of Third World Studies, February 4 2006.
  3. The IPTA-effect in the Hindi cinema of the 50s and 60s at the seminar ‘National Identity and Literature and Culture’ , Daulat Ram College, New Delhi, 25 November 2005.
  4. Presentation as Discussant on Bukhara in the International Seminar: Conflicts, Conversions and Coexistence in Asian Cities, CSDS, New Delhi, 25 October, 2005
  5. The Indian and Chinese New Waves in the national seminar Contemporary Politics of Culture in China and India, Institute of Chinese Studies, IIC, New Delhi, 21 October, 2005
  6. Borders and Frontiers in Aitmatov’s A Day Lasts Longer Than a Century and The Mark of Cassandra, Russian Centre for Science and Culture, 18 October, 2005
  7. Imaginary Topographies: A Reading of Bagh-o-Bahar at the seminar ‘India, Turkey, Central Asia’ organized by ATWS, Jamia Millia Islamia on 13 April, 2005
  8. A Reading of Kira Muratova’s Chekhovian Motifs at the seminar ‘Literature Across Media’ , organized by the Dept. of English, Delhi University at the IIC on 18 March, 2005
  9. Changing Contexts, Shifting Stands: Chingiz Aitmatov in the Nineties, Russian Literature, Language and Culture Today, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, 8-9 March, 2005
  10. Dialogues at the End of the Century at the seminar ‘India-Asia Aesthetic Discourse’, IIAS Shimla, 23 September, 2004
  11. ‘These Days’ of Our Modernity: The Cinema of Nasir Husain, at the seminar ‘Cinema and Society: Interplay of Contexts’, FTII, Pune, 4 September, 2004
  12. Discourse of the State – Imagination and Representation: A Study of the Indian New Wave, paper presented at a national seminar ‘State and Creativity’ organised by IIAS, Shimla at IIC, 25 April, 2004
  13. Systemic Transition and the Literary Process, A Case Study of Chingiz Aitmatov, paper presented at the national seminar on ‘Systemic Transition in the CIS’, SIS, JNU, 24 March, 2004
  14. Panoramic Vision and the Descent of Darkness: A Study of Tamas, paper presented at the international seminar on literature and cinema entitled ‘Reflexions’, organised by Dept. Of Literature, Delhi University at IIC, 17 March, 2004.
  15. Sleep my Angel, The Night is Lost: The Theme of Partition in Indian Cinema, ATWS Presentation at MCRC, 17 December, 2003.
  16. Mapping Histories, Relocating Identities: Chingiz Aitmatov in the ’90s, paper presented on 9th December, 2003 at the Seminar – ‘Identity and Geopolitics in Central Asia: 1991 – 2003’, organized by ATWS, Jamia Millia Islamia, 9 - 10 December, 2003
  17. The Mirror in the Other: Images of Asia in Russian Cinema, ATWS presentation at MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, 20 November, 2003
  18. Ethics in the Time of Dystopia: A Study of Aitmatov’s ‘The Mark of Cassandra’ at the seminar: ‘Central Asia – Its Land and People’, Centre for Advanced Study, Aligarh Muslim University, 8 – 11 April, 2001 on 10th April
  19. Problems of Interiority and Equivalence in Cinema and Literature, Katha Seminar ‘Deep Stories and Silences’, IIC, New Delhi, 15 February, 2003
  20. Image and Imagination: Stories of the Nation at the seminar Bollywood on Bondi at Sydney, 11 October, 2002
  21. A Decade of Change: Russian Department Delhi University, presented a paper on ‘Russian cinema: New ways and Pathways’, 14 March, 2002
  22. Vagarth: National Seminar on Literature and Linguistics, Delhi University, presented a paper on ‘Writing and Speech in Literature and Cinema: A Study of Dostoevsky’s The Meek One, 2 March, 2002
  23. Asian Cinema: Emergent Trends in the conference Broadcasting in the Internet Age, Singapore, July 10-11 2000
  24. Changing Narrative Strategies of Hindi Commercial Cinema for MAJLIS, Mumbai, June 2000
  25. Indian Cinema: Emergent Trends, UNESCO Conference on Communication in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards the 21st Century, UKM, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia, 26 April, 1999
  26. Asian Images in Russian cinema: FIPRESCI colloque on post-Soviet cinema, 9 Oct, 1998, Eurasia Film Festival, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  27. Indian Documentary, Taiwan International Documentary Seminar, Sept 25, 1998
  28. Asian Cinema: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, AMIC Conference on New Media Technologies, Bangkok, May 22, 1998
  29. Eisenstein and the Legacy of the Music of the Landscape, Trivandrum International Film Festival’s Tribute to Eisenstein, Seminar, April 10, 1998
  30. And Yet.... Women in Indian Cinema, Jodhpur Film Club, March 28, 1998
  31. Media Policy for Children,UNESCO Seminar, SNDT College, Pune, Dec 27, 1997
  32. Cinema and Nationalism: UGC Seminar on Democracy and the Liberalisation of the Media, Miranda House, March 5, 1997
  33. Problems of Image Transference From Literature to Cinema, ‘National Seminar on Literature and Cinema’, Sahitya Akademi, Feb. 24-26, 1995
  34. The Changing Topography of Violence in Hindi Commercial Cinema, Seminar on ‘Indian Cinema’, Centre for Linguistics & English, JNU, Feb. 1994
  35. Dostoevsky’s Idiot and the Geological Image, ‘Semiotic Reunion’, Centre for Linguistics & English, JNU, Feb. 1992
  36. Remembering Dostoevsky, Seminar on Dostoevsky, House of Soviet Culture, New Delhi, Oct. 1991
  37. Perestroika and Glasnost and the new Soviet Cinema, Seminar on Cinema, House of Soviet Culture, New Delhi, Sept. 1990

Publications

      Books

  • 2005: ‘The Post-Soviet Condition: Chingiz Aitmatov in the Nineties’, Aakar, New Delhi, 2005
  • 2002: Co-edited the book ‘Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia’, published by Macmillan, New Delhi

      Articles In Books

  1. 2005: Entry on ‘Film and Literature’ in the Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English, Second Edition, Vol. 1, Routledge, New York, 2005
     
  2. 2003: Image and Imagination: Reconstructing the Nation, in ‘India: A National Culture, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2003
     
  3. 2002: Tadjik Cinema: Turmoil Takes its Toll in the book ‘Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia’, Macmillan 2002
     
  4. 1995: Hindi Commercial Cinema: Changing Narrative Strategies in Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema (ed. Aruna Vasudev), UBS Publication
     
  5. 1994: Idiocy and Civilisation: A Study of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot in The Russian Enigma (ed. Madhavan Palat, Geeti Sen), UBS Publications, New Delhi, 1994
     
  6. 1992: Entry on Tadjik Cinema, Int’l Film Guide 1993 (ed. Peter Cowie),Variety Publications, London
     
  7. 1990: The Self and the Other: Discourse/Textuality in Bakhtin in Structures of Signification, Vol. 1 (ed. H.S. Gill), Wiley Eastern, New Delhi

Publications In Newspapers, Magazines, Journals On Literature And Cinema (1985-2005)

      Essays

2006:  Kira Muratova, Journal of the Dept. of English, Delhi University, April 2006

2005: 
Le tre ondate del cinema indiano indipendente, Carte di Cinema (Italy), Edited by Sergio Micheli, 2004, No. 15

2004: 
Anton Chekhov: The Timbre of Time, Critic: A Journal of the Centre of Russian Studies, JNU, Nos. 4-5, 2003-2004.
           Tamas and the Call to Remember, South Asian Cinema (London), Special Issue on Partition Films, Lalit Mohan Joshi            (ed.), Issues 5-6, 2004

2003: 
Skaz in Dostoevsky’s A Most Unfortunate Incident, Critic: Journal of the CRS/JNU, Vol. 1.
            Image and Imagination: Reconstructing the Nation in ‘India: A National Culture’, IIC Quarterly, Winter 2002 – Spring                   2003.

2001: 
The Two Faces of Indian Cinema, Oberoi Group Magazine, Autumn 2001.

2000:  
The New Wave Settles Down in Kazakhstan, Cinemaya 42.

1998:  
Asian Cinema: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, AMIC Journal on New Media Technologies (published in Singapore),                 September 1998.
            The Spectacle of Action: John Woo’s Face/Off, Cinemaya 39-40, Jan-June.

1997: 
The Galaxy of Growing Up, Introduction to the Asian Panorama, ICYP Catalogue.
            Jacques Derrida: Performance of a successful philosopher, The Pioneer, Jan. 30

1996:
Home and the World: Images from Television and Cinema in Signs of Our Times, IIC Quarterly, August.

1995:
Hindi Commercial Cinema: Changing Narrative Strategies in Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema,                            Cinemaya 23.
           Hello Children: An Introduction to the Asian Panorama films, ICYP Catalogue

1994: 
Idiocy and Civilisation: A Study of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot in The Russian Enigma (ed. Madhavan Palat, Geeti Sen), IIC              Quarterly, New Delhi, 1994
            Twilight Zones: Asian Cinema in the CIS Redefines Itself, Cinemaya 22

1994: 
Of Nostalgia, Individuals and Politics, The Telegraph, June, 1994
           Twilight Zones: Asian Cinema in the CIS Redefines Itself, Cinemaya 22
           Iranian Cinema Makes its Mark, The Telegraph, 14 May, 1994

1993: 
Entry on Tadjik Cinema, Int’l Film Guide 1993 (ed. Peter Cowie), London
            Passages to Adulthood: Children’s Films in Asia, ICYP Catalogue
            Panorama des genres aus cinema, Cinemaction (France), 68
1992: Tadjik dawn, Cinemaya 13

1992: Coda: Joris Ivens’ A Tale of the Wind, Cinemaya 17-18

1991: 
An Introduction to Ketan Mehta and his film Mirch Masala, Hawaii Film Studies Guide

1990: 
The Self and the Other: Discourse/Textuality in Bakhtin in Structures of Signification, Vol. 1 (ed. H.S. Gill), SL Journal

1987: 
Tribute to Tarkovsky, Saturday Times, The Times of India, New Delhi, December

1985: 
Nikita Mikhalkov: An Introduction, Festival News, Directorate of Film Festivals Bulletin, 7 January

1984: 
‘Melodrama’ in the cinema of Ritwik Ghatak, Link, March 8, 1984

1981: 
Towards a Materialist Cinema, Patriot, March 22, 1981

      Interviews

2005: In the Tracks of History: An Interview With Tatyana Tolstaya, Resonance, Journal of the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies, University of Delhi, No.1, 2004

2003: Interview with Uzbek director Yusup Razykov, Cinemaya, October, 2003
           The Way I Tell Stories: Interview with Mani Ratnam, Cinemaya

2000:  The big screen experience, Interview with Hyun Min, Cinemaya 49
             Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Cinemaya 48

1999: Soul in Flight, Interview with Bakhtiar Khudoinazarov, Cinemaya 46

1999: Soul in Flight, Interview with Bakhtiar Khudoinazarov, Cinemaya 46
            Forms Without Borders, Interview with Zhang Yuan, Cinemaya 46
            Learning All the Time, Interview with Rafi Pitts, Cinemaya 45
            Fragmented Biographies, Interview with Amos Gitai, Cinemaya 43
            The Feel of Absence, Interview with Girish Kasaravalli, Cinemaya 43
            Chiller Thriller: Rajat Kapur’s Private Detective, Cinemaya 39-40, Jan-June

1992: Life and Much More: An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami, Cinemaya 16
            Ho Quang Minh: Chronicle of Turbulent Times, Cinemaya 15
            Facts in Fiction: An Interview with Bahram Bayzai, Cinemaya 14

1991: Relentless Gaze: An Interview with Bako Sadykov, Cinemaya 13

1990: Storm Over Kazakhstan: An Interview with Talgat Temenov, Cinemaya 8

1990: State of Flux: An interview with Ann Hui, Cinemaya 7
            If the Camera Could Sing: An Interview with Kumar Shahani, Sunday Mail, April 1-7, 1990

1985: The Past is Always With Us: Interview with Vladimir Naumov, Festival News, Directorate of Film Festivals Bulletin, 12 January, 1985

      Book, Film And Festival Reviews

2005: Looking at the Coloniser, Book Review, August, 2005
            Review of Critical Theory: Perspectives from Asia, (edited by N.H. Jafri), Biblio, Vol. X, Nos 1 & 2, Jan-Feb, 2005

2004:  An Intimate Testimony, Review of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Diaries ‘Time Within Time’, Biblio, July-August 2004.

2003:  Sochi Int’l Film Fest, Cinemaya, October, 2003
            Book review of Susan Whitfield’s ‘Life Along the Silk Road’, Islam and the Modern Age, Vol XXXIV, No. 1, February                       2003.
            Review of Kasaravalli’s Dweepa, Cinemaya

2001: Faces of Love, Moscow Film Festival, Cinemaya 51
            Fiza: A review, Cinemaya 50

2000: Sochi Int’l Film Fest, Cinemaya, October, 2000

1999: Report on Toronto Int’l FF, 1999, Cinemaya 46
           Review of Kiarostami’s Wind Will Carry Us, Cinemaya 46
           Report on the Yamagata Int’l FF, Cinemaya 46
           Report on the Taiwan Int’l Documentary FF, Cinemaya 42

1998: Report on MIFF ‘98, Cinemaya 41, 1998
            Report on the Trivandrum IFF, Cinemaya 41, 1998
            What’s in Gender? - Woman in Indian cinema, The Statesman, April 20
            IFFI ‘98, Cinemaya 39-40, Jan-June

1994: So Violence is Wholesome: A Look at the National Film Awards, The Telegraph, June, 1994
            Hindi Commercial Cinema: Changing Narrative Strategies, Cinemaya 23
            FAJR Int’l Film Festival, Tehran, Cinemaya, 23
            Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Udaipur, Cinemaya 22

1993: Review of Mani Kaul’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Idiot, Cinemaya 19
            Int’l Film Festival of India, New Delhi 1993, Cinemaya

1992: The Hongkong Int’l Film Festival, Cinemaya 16
            The Int’l Film Festival of India, Bangalore 1992, Cinemaya 14

1991: The Children’s Film Festival, Isfahan, Cinemaya 13

1990: The Int’l film Festival of India, Calcutta, 1990, Cinemaya 7
            The Mannheim Int’l Film Festival 1989, Cinemaya 6
            Moments that Matter: An Interview with Saied Ebrahimifar, Cinemaya 6
            A Sense of Wonder: Books by Safdar Hashmi for children, illustrated by well-known artists, The Economic Times, 25               April, 1990
            No Anxiety for the New: EEC Film Festival, The economic Times, 4 April, 1990
            The Documentary film Festival, Bombay - ‘90, The Economic Times, March, 1990

1988: On the Staging of Shatrov’s Revolutionary Etude, Patriot, 14 February, 1988

      Reports On Seminars And Talks

2005: Report on the Seminar ‘The Nehruvian Agenda Revisited’ – published as monograph on the Nehru Centre by JMI

2004: Report on the Seminar ‘Pakistan in the 21st Century, Islam and the Modern Age, Vol. XXXV 2, May 2004
            Report on the ICWA talk, Islam and the Modern Age, Vol. XXXV 2, May

2003: Report on the Seminar ‘Living Together Separately’, February

Translations (Russian To English)

  1. Piranesi, Sergei Eisenstein, Excerpts from his book ‘Non-Indifferent Nature’, Cinemaya 2, 1989
  2. Distanced Montage/A Theory of Distance, Artavazd Peleshyan, Cinemaya 3, 1989
  3. Ishmukhamedov’s Shok, Djhura Teshabaev, Cinemaya 8, 1990
  4. Landmarks in Tadjik cinema, Ato Akhrorov, Cinemaya 13, 1991
  5. Trying Times: Women Directors in the Asian Republics, Andrei Plakhov, Cinemaya 27, 1995
  6. Lessons from the East, Andrei Plakhov, Cinemaya 41,1998
  7. Women behind the camera in Kazakh Cinema, Cinemaya 42, 1998
  8. Evgeny Margolit, ‘Cinemas of Central Asia’, in Being and Becoming, Macmillan, New Delhi, 2002
  9. L Trotsky’s Theory of Imperialism and the Universal Crisis of Capitalism, V Serebryakov


Post-Doctoral Research Work

  1. Postdoctoral research on Dostoevsky entitled ‘The New Image and Dostoevsky’ – 1997- 1999. A small part of this work has been published in Kritik 2003 and Kritik 2005 (CRS Journal, JNU)
  2. ‘Changing Narrative Strategies of the Hindi Cinema’ for the Majlis Research Fellowship Jan-Dec 1999 (Sections of this work have been published)

Fellowships

  1. MAJLIS (Mumbai-based NGO) Fellowship (Jan - Dec 1999) to work on project entitled ‘Changing Narrative Strategies: Hindi Commercial Films 1947 – 1995’)
  2. Junior research fellowship, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, 1983-1984
  3. University Grants Commission sponsored field trip for research to the Moscow State University, 1985 (Feb. - Dec.)

 

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