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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

South Asia Seminar Series: IMAGE/TEXT/SOUND

Thu, September 4, 2008 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

The SAI seminar series features lectures by distinguished South Asian specialists from UT and abroad. Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm, preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).

Neepa Majumdar is a professor of English. She earned her PhD in comparative literature (with a specialization in film studies) at Indiana University in June 2001.

She has taught courses in Indian Cinema, Contemporary Black Film, Introduction to Film, and Cinema and Ethnography. She has volunteered as an elementary school teacher on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico.

She has studied in Berlin, received a research grant for work in the Library of Congress, and was a junior research fellow in the American Institute of Indian Studies at the National Film Archive of India.

She has published one essay with another forthcoming: "The Embodied Voice: Stardom and Song Sequences in Popular Hindi Cinema" to be published in a Duke University Press collection, Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music.

Her dissertation, "Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s," won the SCS Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2002. It analyzes the cultural prohibitions and desires surrounding the construction of female stardom in India. The project provides a different vantage point for examining the concept and phenomenon of the film "star" by considering their translocation from Hollywood to a colonial setting.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute


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