Film Studies
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Assistant Professor Dr. A. Hari Prasad

Education

BA (University of Calicut)
MA (Pondicherry University)
MPhil (Pondicherry University), PGCTE (CIEFL)
PhD (CIEFL)

Contact Details

Telephone:  +4027689534 (Office), 91966611495
Email:hariprasadathanickal@efluniversity.ac.in

Biography

After completing MA and MPhil from the Department of English at Pondicherry University with dissertations focusing on films, I completed my PhD in English Literature on fiction and national identity. After completing MA and MPhil from the Department of English at Pondicherry University with dissertations focusing on films, I completed my PhD in English Literature on fiction and national identity.

Teaching

I started my teaching career at the Department of Studies in English, Kannur University in 2003 before moving to EFL University in 2008. I also had a brief teaching stint at The Technische Universität (Technical University) Dresden, Germany in 2011.

Research Interests

History of Cinema, South Indian Cinema Film Theory and Philosophy of Cinema

Publications

Journal Articles

1. “Two Versions of Modernity: Nationalism and the Representation of America in Malayalam Short Stories”, Malayalam Literary Survey (ISSN 2319-3271), 2008.

2. “Modernity as Absence: Working Women in the Local Sphere”, Irish (ISSN 0973-3353), 2008.

3. “Ethnicity an Unfinished Project: Ethnic Minorities and Their Struggle in American Fiction”, Conspectus (ISSN 0973-0990), 2006.

Articles in the Edited Books/Anthologies

1. “The Indian Police Story: Curious Case of Censorship, Policing and State Intervention in Cinema” (forthcoming), Proceedings from The National Seminar on Indian Cinema: The Spirit of Freedom, Pondicherry University Publication, 2014.

2. “Theoretical Legacies of Film Studies” (forthcoming), Proceedings from The National Seminar on Cinema: Culture and Technology. Univeristy of Kerala Publication, 2014.

3. “American Nation and Early Fiction” in Rethinking Multiculturalism. Ed. M Dasan. Chennai: Emerald, 2005.

4. “Women, Civil Society and the Popular Magazines” in Perspectives on Comparative Literature and Culture. CUSAT, Kochi: Directorate of Publication for Centre for Comparative Literature, Department of Culture and Heritage, 2004.

5. “Rethinking Folk Music in the Age of MTV” in Perspectives on Comparative Literature and Culture. CUSAT, Kochi: Directorate of Publication for Centre for Comparative Literature, Department of Culture and Heritage, 2004.

6. “Nation within the Nation: M. G. Vasanji’s Amriika” in Politics of Location in the Multi-ethnic Literatures of the Americas. Eds. Anil Raina & Manju Jaidka. Chandigarh: Arun Publishing House, 2003.

7. “Filming the Unthinkable” in Film and Philosophy. Ed. K Gopinathan. Calicut University: Publication Division, 2003.

8. “Memory and the Photograph: Reflections on the Leit-motive in Selected Israeli Films in C (Film Society Journal, CIEFL), February, 2002.

9. “Reality or Censorship: Some Reflection on the Use of Silence in Where is My Friend’s Home” in C (Film Society Journal, CIEFL), March, 2001.

Awards and achievements

1. UGC Research Award (for a period of two years) from February 2014-February 2016

2. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme) fellowship for teachers, May-July, 2011

3. Study grant by Indo-American Center for International Studies (IACIS), Hyderabad for one month (2001)

4. Member, Board of Studies (PG English), Kannur University, Kerala (2008-2010)

5. Member of the Executive Council, and life member, MELUS-MELOW India (Regd)--the society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States and the World

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

Invited Lectures

1. “Early Cinema: Attraction, Abstractions and Ontology”, Payyannur College, Payyannur, Kerala, 8 February 2014.

2. “Theoretical Legacies of Film Studies” Department of Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, 3 February 2014.

3. “Film Theory an Introduction”, St Alberts College, Ernakulam, Kerala, 17 October 2013.

4. “Film Studies in India: Thoughts on Contemporary Scholarship”, Union Christian College, Aluva, 17 October 2013.

5. “Colonial Contexts of Indian Cinema” as part of the Lecture Series: Colonial Modernity and Its Environs, Department of English, C Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur, 17 December 2012.

6. “Classical Hollywood Cinema: Model for Storytelling Elsewhere”, School of Letters, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, September 2012.

7. “Film Studies: (Inter)Disciplinary Boundaries” EMEA College of Arts and Science, Kondotty, 21 February 2012.

8. “The Popular South Indian Cinema: Frontality, Stardom and Viewer Activities” Department of English, University at Albany, SUNY, November 2011

9. “A Political History of Indian Popular Cinema” Oakton Community College, Chicago, November, 2011

10. “Representation in Cinema: The Polemics of Theory” (“Visual Culture and the Marginalised”,) The Politics of Representation of ‘the Self’ and ‘the Other’ in Literature and Film - Pedagogy beyond the Text on 12 & 13 October 2011 in collaboration with Chalachithra Academy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Centre for Advanced Studies and Research in English Language and Literature, Farook College, Kozhikode, Kerala, 13 October 2011.

11. “India's Other Cinema: Stars, Audiences and the Industry in South India” (Uber Seminar, Department of English, Technical University, Dresden, Germany, May 2011)

12. “Methodology for Cultural Studies Research” (Refresher course on Cultural Studies, Academic Staff College, University of Kerala, August 2008)

13. “Film and Literature: Exchange, Adaptation and the Dynamics of Interdependence” (SN College, Kannur, February 2008)

14. “Issues and Perspectives in the History of Documentary Cinema” (Arts and Science College, Kozhikode, September 2007)

Conference Papers

1. “Cinema and the State: Contemporary Considerations of Popular Justice” (UGC Sponsored National Conference on Film, Film Studies and Ideology, Department of English, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, 12-14 November 2014

2. “The Indian Police Story: Curious Case of Censorship, Policing and State Intervention in Cinema” (National Seminar on Indian Cinema: The Spirit of Freedom, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, 27-28 August 2014)

3. “What Do the Villains Have? Indian Cinema's Villains in the 1970s” (Literature, Cinema and Modern Indian Culture, SN College, Kannur, Kerala, 6-7 February 2014)

4. “Theoretical Legacies of Film Studies” (National Seminar on Cinema: Culture and Technology, Department of Malayalam, University of Kerala, 22-24 October 2013).

5. “Early Cinema's Indian Contexts” (National Seminar On Indian Cinema: A Century in Perspective”, School of Letters, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, 21-23 March 2013)

6. “Dominated by Story: Story-telling Conventions from Classical Hollywood to Indian Popular Cinema” 12th Melow International Conference on Patterns of Story Telling : Traditions, Innovations, Visions and Revisions, Chandigarh, 8-10 February 2013)

7. “Film Studies in India: A Historical Perspective”, (Indian Cinema: Changing Perceptions, Post-Graduate Department of English, Government College Madappally, 05 December 2012)

8. “The Quest for Authentic Space in Cinema and the Urban Cultural Networks in South India” (CinemaScape: A Conference on Indian Cinema and the City, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University Houston (TX-USA), November 2011)

9. “The Malayalee Halloween: Diaspora and Inverted Forms of Globalization” (In Search of Solutions: The Coventional, the Eeperimental and the Bizarre, Eleventh International Conference of MELUS-India (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World) & MELOW (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), September 2011)

10. “Space, Feudalism and Cinema in South India: An Enquiry into the Spatial Dynamics” (CPRACSIS & IIT Madras-International Conference on “Contextualizing the Contemporary”, IIT Madras, Chennai, India, February 2011)

11. “Cinema and the Urban Cultural Network in South India” (Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, August 2010)

12. “Two Versions of Modernity: Nationalism and the Representation of America in Malayalam Short Stories” (Dravidian Shortstories Colloquium, Dravidian University, Kuppam, May 2008)

13. “Language, Ideology and the Reality Television” (National Seminar on Language, Media & Coomunication, Department of Malayalam and Kerala Studies, Calicut University Linguistics Forum and Southern Regional Language Centre (CIIL, Mysore), Univeristy of Calicut, February 2008)

14. “History, Memory and Ideology in the Holocaust Novel: Jerzy Kosinski’s Painted Bird” (MELUS-India International Conference, Chandigarh, India, March 2007)

15. “Film City: Urban Space and Diegesis in the History of Cinema” (Katha National Seminar, Kannur University, October 2005)

16. “Film Songs: Spaces of Cultural Engagements” (UGC National Seminar on Literature and the Other Arts, Department of Culture and Heritage, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, February 2005)

17. “Modernity as Absence: Working Women in the Local Sphere” (Sixth International Conference: Rethinking Modernity, Department of English, University of Rajasthan, Forum on Contemporary Theory, MS University, and Louisiana State University, USA, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, December 2004)

18. “New Generation English Departments in India: Possibilities of Cultural Studies in the Curriculum” (Second Theory/Praxis Workshop: “Interrogating Cultural Studies”, Forum on Contemporary Theory, MS University, Baroda, August 2004)

19. “Ethnicity an Unfinished Project: Ethnic Minorities and Their Struggle in American Fiction” MELUS-India International Conference on Indo-American Center for International Studies, Hyderabad, India, January 2004)

20. “Rethinking Folk Music in the Age of MTV” (National Seminar on Folklore: A Comparative Perspective, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India, March 2002.)

21. “Nation within the Nation: M. G. Vasanji’s Amriika” (MELUS-India International Conference on the politics of location in the Literature of the Americas, Indo-American Center for International Studies, Hyderabad, India, January 2002)

22. “Women, Civil Society and the Popular Magazines in Malayalam” (National Seminar on Man and Woman in Literature, Department of Foreign Languaes and Centre for Comparative Literature, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India, January 2001)

23. “Filming the Unthinkable: History and Facts in the Holocaust Films” (International Seminar on Film and Philosophy, University of Calicut, Kerala, India, September 2000)

Other interests

Music and Wildlife Photography

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