Vasudevan, Ravi


Ravi Vasudevan works in the area of film and media history at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and at Sarai, the Centre's urban and media research programme which he co-founded with his colleague Ravi Sundaram and the RAQS Media Collective. His work on cinema explores issues in film, social history, politics, and contemporary media transformation. He is visiting faculty at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and has taught and given public lectures at the Universities of Chicago, Yale and at Oberlin College. Vasudevan co-edited Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life and Sarai Reader 03: Crisis Media. He is on the advisory board of the Film Studies journals Screen, Cinema & Cie, and Reframe, and co-founder and editor of BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. He has held Fellowships at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, School of Oriental and African Studies, Princeton, Cambridge, Birkbeck University, the German Historical Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Studies, Nantes. Vasudevan has curated film exhibitions, lecture series and conferences, including Selves Made Strange: Violent and Performative Bodies in the Cities of Indian Cinema (House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2003) and The Many Lives of Indian Cinema, 1913-2013 and Beyond: Disciplines, Histories, Technologies, Futures (CSDS, Delhi, January 2014). His publications include Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (edited, 2000) and The Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema (2010). He is currently working on a book on non-fiction film histories and infrastructures.