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. She is author of The Post-Soviet Condition: Chingiz Aitmatov 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 (Manak, 2013) and Perspectives on Multiculturalism: Pre-Soviet, Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia (Manak, 2013). 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). 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). Her essay on film series in Hindi Cinema has appeared The Legend Returns and Dies Harder Another Day (edited by Jennifer Forrest, Macfarland, 2008); on women’s writing and Nina Gorlanova in Post-Communist Transition and Women’s Agency in Eastern Europe (edited by Cynthia Simmons, Republic of Letters, 2014); and on Berger in A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger (edited by Yasmin Ganaratnam and Amarjit Chandan, Zed Books, 2016.
She has presented over 110 papers at conferences; delivered over 170 guest lectures on literature, cinema, cultural issues, Eurasia, Russia, Central Asia; and has over 47 published essays on literature and cinema in journals, magazines and newspapers apart from her reports, interviews with writers and directors and film reviews.
She was Coordinator of the UGC Central Asia Studies Programme at the Academy of International Studies, JMI, till August 2016. She has organized several national conferences including two on Central Asia and its Neighbourhoods (South Asia and China) and one international conference on ‘The Russian Factor in Central Asia’.
She has participated in national and international seminars on cultural issues (Beijing, Makuhari, Stockholm, Moscow, USA, London, Almaty, Bangkok, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bishkek). She 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 (Mannheim, Taipei, Sochi, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Alma Ata, Busan, Warsaw). She was on the guest faculty for many years at the Mass Communications and Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia where she taught Film Appreciation. 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 was Honorary Deputy Director of the Academy of Third World Studies from October 2005 to May 2007. She was international observer for the Presidential Elections in Uzbekistan in December 2007 and 2015. Since August 2015 she is the Officiating Director of the Academy of International Studies, JMI.