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), Perspectives on Multiculturalism: Pre-Soviet, Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia (Manak, 2013), Central Asia, China and India: Historical, Economic, Political And Cultural Relations (Manak, 2017), Central Asia and South Asia: Economic, Developmental And Socio-Cultural Linkages (Manak, 2017) and The Russian Factor in Central Asian Culture (Manak, 2018), Perspectives on BRICS (Manak, 2019).
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); on Berger in A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger (edited by Yasmin Ganaratnam and Amarjit Chandan, Zed Books, 2016) and on Andrei Volos’ Hurramabad and multiculturalism in Post-Soviet Literature in Miry Literaturnovo Perevoda (Tom 2, Moskva, 2018, ANO Institut Perevoda).
She was on the guest faculty for many years at the Mass Communications and Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia where she taught a course on film appreciation. She has participated in national and international seminars on cultural issues and Eurasia (in Beijing, Makuhari, Stockholm, Moscow, New York, London, Bangkok, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bishkek). She has been invited to deliver lectures at many universities and institutions. She has made presentations on Aitmatov at the 10th Anniversary Celebrations, India Centre at Osh University, Osh, 24 October 2008 and at an event dedicated to his memory at the Eurasia Film Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan on 10 September, 2008). She presented a paper on Borders and Frontiers in Aitmatov’s Works at the plenary session of the conference celebrating his 90th birth anniversary in Bishkek on 5 October 2018. In December 2017, she delivered the Presidential Address in the section ‘Countries Other Than India’ on Debates on Culture in the Soviet Union in commemoration of 100 years of the October Revolution at the Indian History Congress in Kolkata.
She has presented over 130 papers at national and international conferences. She has presented papers at the international conference ‘Uzbekistan – Crossroads Of Civilizations’ in Tashkent and Termez, oeganised by the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in August 2019; at the First BRICS Public-Private Dialogue ‘Women and the Economy’ in July 2017 in Novosibirsk; at the Plenary Session in the First Women’s Congress of the Member-States of SCO and BRICS Countries in July 2017 in Novosibirsk; in the panel ‘Connecting Spaces: Central Asia and its Neighbourhoods’ at the ESCAS-CESS International Conference at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in June 2017; at the IX ICCEES international conference at Makuhari, Japan in August 2015; at the international conference ‘Literary Criticism in the West and East Today and Tomorrow’, organized by the Journal Oktyabr in Moscow in June, 2015 and at the international conference organized by the French-Russian Studies Centre under the aegis of the French Embassy in Moscow in January 2015.
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 awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Tajik Filmmakers’ Union in 1991, for her promotion of Tajik cinema.
She has delivered over 170 guest lectures in India and abroad; and has over 40 published essays on Eurasia, Russia, Central Asia, India, literature and cinema in books apart from reports, interviews with writers and directors and film reviews in journals, magazines and newspapers.
She was Coordinator of the UGC Central Asia Studies Programme since its foundation at the Academy of International Studies, JMI (2007 - August 2016). She has organized several national conferences including two on cultural histories and multiculturalism in Central Asia; two on Central Asia and its neighbourhoods (South Asia and China) and one international conference on ‘The Russian Factor in Central Asia’. She has organized workshops on BRICS and the Multipolar World (1 February 2017) and on ‘Eurasia, A Hundred Years After 1917’ (9 November 2017).
She was invited by the Japan Foundation to participate in a 15-day group tour of film institutions in Japan in1999. She was international observer for the Presidential Elections in Uzbekistan in December 2007 and 2015. She was invited by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in 2016 to visit Xinjiang, Dunhuang and Beijing. She was invited by the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan to the 3rd Issyk Kul Forum from 4 - 7 October 2018.
She was Honorary Deputy Director of the Academy of Third World Studies from October 2005 to May 2007. She was Officiating Director of the Academy of International Studies, JMI from August 2015 – July 2020.