The following speakers will share their views at the symposium.
Associate Professor of Culture and Media, The New School
Professor Chakravarty is a scholar, teacher, program chair and curriculum builder. She is deeply committed to fostering a more nuanced understanding of our global culture, and to identifying the power and potentialities of media for human development.
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Theatre & Film, Sonoma State University
Professor Gehlawat writes about the cross-cultural dimensions of Indian cinema. He also investigates representations of race, class, gender, sexuality in motion pictures, and the depiction of the practice of tourism in popular film. Gehlawat’s works have appeared in such publications as The Journal of African American Studies, CineAction, and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video. He is the editor of The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology (Anthem Press) and the author of Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema (Sage Press).
Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate of the Department of Asian Studies and the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas, Austin
Professor Gopalan is one of the most highly respected authors working on Indian cinema today. Gopalan’s work has appeared in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, and Film Quarterly. She is the editor of 24 Frames: The Cinema of India (Wallflower), and the author of Cinema of Interruptions (BFI) and Bombay (BFI). Gopalan recently received the prestigious Tagore Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture of India for her work on lost films.
Professor of School of Communication & Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University
Professor Pendakur specializes in the political economy of communications and has conducted research in North America, India and Africa. He is particularly interested in film, television and global communications policy issues, and is currently working on a book dealing with globalization and rural culture in India. He has numerous publications in leading journals and anthologies, and his books include Canadian Dreams and American Control: The Political Economy of the Canadian Film Industry (1990); Indian Popular Cinema: Industry, Ideology and Consciousness (2003).
ONIR (ANIRBAN DHAR)
Writer, director, editor, and producer
Onir is also a respected political activist and outspoken advocate for the rights of minorities. His films, including his 2005 directorial debut, My Brother…Nikhil and his 2010 feature, I am, explore the ways in which oppressed and marginalized individuals articulate and negotiate their own identities and desires in hostile and often dangerous settings. Onir’s films have been screened at film festivals around the world. His 2010 feature won numerous awards, including National Film Awards for Best Film and Best Lyrics, the award for Best Film at the London Asian Film Festival, and the Triangle Media Group Honorary Award, among others. He is presently at work on a contemporary adaptation of Shakepeare’s Hamlet.