Prof. Rashmi Doraiswamy
MMAJ Academy of International Studies,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
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 Professor at the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Her writings on literature and cinema have been published in prestigious Indian and foreign publications. Her entry on ‘Film and Literature (India)’ has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 2005). Her entries on Indian and foreign cinemas have appeared in The Little Black Book: Movies (Cassell Illustrated, London, 2007). ). She is author of The Post-Soviet Condition: ChingizAitmatov in the ’90s (Aakar, 2005) and Guru Dutt: Through Light and Shade (Wisdom Tree, 2008). She is editor of Cultural Histories of Central Asia (Aakar, 2009), Energy Security: Central Asia, India and the Neighbourhood (2013), Perspectives on Multiculturalism: Pre-Soviet, Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia (2013), Central Asia and South Asia: Economic, Developmental and Socio-Cultural Linkages (Manak, New Delhi, 2017 ), Central Asia, China and India: Historical, Economic, Political And Cultural Relations (Manak, New Delhi, 2017), Perspectives on BRICS (Manak, New Delhi, 2019 ) and The Russian Factor in Central Asian Culture (Manak, New Delhi). She is co-editor of Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia (Macmillan, 2002), Globalisation and the Third World (Manak, 2009) and Asian Film Journeys: Selections from Cinemaya (Wisdom Tree, 2010). She has participated in national and international seminars on cultural issues and has served on several statutory and non-statutory film festival and critics juries in India (including the national award critic, documentary and feature film juries) and abroad. She was the recipient of the National Award for the Best Film Critic in 1994. She was awarded the MAJLIS research fellowship in 1999 for a project entitled ‘Changing Narrative Strategies of Hindi Cinema’. She has lectured extensively on cinema, literature and cultural issues. For many years she was on the Guest Faculty of the AJK Mass Communication and Research Centre at JMI where she taught a course on Film Appreciation. She was Coordinator of the UGC Central Asian Studies Programme at the Academy of International Studies since it was set up in 2007 to 2016. She has organized and been co-organiser of workshops, international and national conferences, many of which have been on Russia, Central Asia, Eurasia and Soviet Union. She delivered the Presidential Address at the Indian History Congress in the Section ‘Countries Other than India’ in December 2017 at Jadavpur University.She delivered the second Mani Kaul Memorial Lecture at the invitation of the Raza Foundation on 1 October, 2014.She is Editor of the first discipline-related journal of the Academy ‘AIS-JMI Journal of International and Area Studies’, published in 2019. She was invited by the Japan Foundation to participate in a 15-day group tour of film institutions in Japan in October, 1999. She was invited by the administration of the President of the Russian Federation to attend the Russian Literary Meeting at PFU, Moscow on 21 November 2013. She was also invited by the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan to the 3rd Issyk Kul Forum, in October, 2018. She was International Observer for the Presidential Elections in Uzbekistan in December 2007 and in 2015. She was Honorary Deputy Director of the Academy of Third World Studies from October 2005 to May 2007. She has been Officiating Director of the Academy of International Studies, JMI since August 2015.