Women of Bollywood
Tuesday, September 20
Following a screening of Merchant-Ivory's short ﬁlm Helen: Queen of the Nautch Girls, Jerry Pinto talks with Inderpal Grewal, Tejaswini Ganti, and Lawrence Liang about writing Helen's biography as well as co-authoring the autobiography of actress Leela Naidu.
Inderpal Grewal is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also Professor in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and the South Asian Studies Council, as well as an aﬃliate faculty member in the American Studies Program. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (1996) and Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (2005). She has also published several edited and coedited collections. Her ongoing projects include essays on the relation between transnational media, corruption and sexual violence, and a book project on masculinity and power in the memoirs of elite bureaucrats in postcolonial India.
Tejaswini Ganti is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and its Program in Culture and Media at New York University. A visual anthropologist specializing in South Asia, she has been conducting ethnographic research about the social world and ﬁlmmaking practices of the Hindi ﬁlm industry since 1996 and is the author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (2012) and Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (2004). Her current research examines the politics of language and translation within the Bombay ﬁlm industry; the formalization and professionalization of ﬁlm training through ﬁlm schools in India; and a social history of Indian cinema in the United States.
Lawrence Liang is a legal researcher and lawyer, based in the city of Bangalore, known for his legal campaigns on issues of public concern. He is a co-founder of the Alternative Law Forum , a non-proﬁt collective that works on various aspects of law, legality and power. The Alternative Law Forum provides legal services to various marginalized groups in Bangalore focussing on access to the criminal justice system, issues of gender, disability and sexuality. By 2006, Lawrence had emerged as a spokesperson against the politics of “intellectual property”. His key areas of interest are law, popular culture and piracy. He has been working closely with Sarai – New Delhi on a joint research project on Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons. Lawrence Liang has been working on ways of translating the open source ideas into the cultural domain. He is the cofounder of two open access video archives in India, Public Access Digital Media Archive (Pad.ma) and Indiancine.ma. He has written extensively on these issues and is the author of The Public is Watching: Sex, Laws and Videotape and A Guide to Open Content Licenses. He has taught in all the leading law schools in India as well as departments of ﬁlm studies and media studies globally. Liang is a graduate of the National Law School and has a PhD in Film Studies.
Co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Council, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Film Study Center, and the Whitney Humanities Center.