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- MA (Lit), MPhil (Lit) and PhD (Lit) from Vikram University, Madhya Pradesh
- MPhil (ELT) and PGDTE from CIEFL, Hyderabad
Areas of Research Interest:
- Film Studies
- American Literature
- Popular Culture
- Fashion Studies
Courses Introduced and Taught:
Introduction to Western Classics, Introduction to Film Studies, Principles of English for Specific Purpose, Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching, Contemporary Indian Novel & Drama in English, Film Theory & Practice, Introduction to Popular Culture, Great Film Directors , Advanced Concepts in Film Studies, Narrative in Literature & Cinema, Asian-American Writings in English, Screenwriting, City Culture in Films & Literature, Fashion in Literature and Cinema, Advanced Studies in Indian Cinema.
- Vimal Mohan John, Film / Gender Studies: Masculinity in Contemporary Hollywood Films 2010-2014 (degree awarded)
- Gopika Sankar, American Literature: Representation of American Urban Spaces and City in South Asian-American Novels 2010-2014 (degree awarded)
Post Doctoral Guidance:
- From May-Oct 2014 Vimal Mohan John was on IITM’s extended fellowship that functioned like a PDF.
- 2 (degrees awarded in 2004)
M.A. Projects Supervision:
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan (ed). Women Filmmakers in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Looking through their Gaze. NY & London: Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. Stardom in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Celebrity and Fame in Globalized Times. (edited volume, with Clare M. Wilkinson) . New York, London, New Delhi: Springer, 2020.
- Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors(eds). Sage, 2017. “Introduction” by Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. (co-edited with Vimal John).
- Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Award. London: ANTHEM, 2013.
- English for the Hotel Industry. New Delhi: Pearson, 2013.
- English for Nurses. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill, 2010.
- English for Technical Communication. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill, 2007 rpt 2008.
- Arthur Miller: The Dramatist and His Universe. Chennai: T.R. Publishers, 2006.
- It Happens like This: a Novella. Kolkata: Writers Workshop, 2004.
- ‘Traversing Boundaries: Contemporary Hindi Cinema at International Film Festivals’ . South Asian Popular Culture. Taylor & Francis.Issue 3, 2022, Fall issue, forthcoming (co-author Sanchari Basu Chaudhuri).
- ‘Fashioning masculine anxieties: Clothes and style in The Bonfire of the Vanities’. European Journal of American Culture(2021). Volume 40 Number 3, pp. 215–231.
- ‘Bollywood’s Angromance: Toxic Masculinity and Male Angst in Tere Naam and Kabir Singh‘. Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020. The Pennsylvania State University, pp.147-171. (co-author Sanchari Basu Chaudhuri).
- ‘Narcissism, Masochism and the Reconstituted Male—Masculine Performances in Fight Club and The Wrestler’. Journal of Creative Communications. November 2015; Vol. 10, No. 3, 276-287. (Co-author Vimal John)
- “Haute couture and the discourse of stardom in globalized times: Sonam Kapoor as Hindi cinema’s representative fashion icon”. South Asian Popular Culture, Vol 12, Issue 2, 2014, pp 73-88. Routledge. Taylor & Francis, UK
- “Arthur Miller and New York State of Being”. Studies in Theatre and Performance. Vol 34, No. 1, 2014 , pp. 62-74. Routledge. Taylor & Francis, UK
- “Masculine Practices and Reception of Chinese Cinema in India.” Literary Insight. Vol 3, Jan 2012, pp. 34-40.
- “English in Film Songs from India”. English Today , Vol 27, no 4 , Sept 2011, pp 21-24. Cambridge, UK.
- “Home, Immigration, and Fractured Identities in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss.” Journal of South Asian Review. Vol 32, No 2, 2011, pp259-274. Univ of Pittsburgh, USA.
- “The Rhetoric of Spam mail.” ELTJ, 64/1, 2010, pp 85-94. Oxford, UK.
- “Greed, Cynicism & Betrayal. Images of City in Postliberalization Indian Cinema” The Journal of Contemporary Literature, vol 2, no.2, July 2010, 149-171.
- “Interrogating Liberal Ideals: Arthur Miller’s Clara and Vijay Tendulkar’s Kanyadaan.” Journal of Arts: Gendang Alam, Issue 2, 2011, pp 23-38. Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
- “Radicalism& Rebellion: Relevance of Brecht in Present Times”. Atlantic Literary Review. 9, pp. 47-57, 2008.
- “Tagore’s Chokher Bali: Aesthetic and Ethical Considerations”. JSL Journal of Art, literature and Culture. Spring 2006, pp 112-121.
- “Ten Steps to Teaching English for Academic Purposes.” Modern English Teacher. vol.14, no.3, July 2005, pp 19-21. Modern English Publishing, UK.
- “Code-Switching in Popular Journalism”. English Today. vol. 20, No.3, July 2004 , pp.34-36. Cambridge Univ. Press, UK.
- “Hybridizing and Glocalizing English: the Language Revolution with Hinglish” Indian Linguistics. Vol 65, no1-4, 2004, pp. 197-214. Linguistic Society of India, Deccan College, Pune.
- “Urmila: Feminist Concerns and Existential Dilemma. Indian Literature” Sahitya Akademy publication, December 2001, No. 206, pp. 184-189. Sahitya Akademi
- “Introduction: Wonder Women, Iron Ladies”. In: Women Filmmakers in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Looking through their Gaze. NY & London: Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).
- “‘Love You Zindagi’: Gauri Shinde’s Celebration of Women and Life on Screen.” In: Women Filmmakers in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Looking through their Gaze. NY & London: Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. “Introduction”. Stardom in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Celebrity and Fame in Globalized Times. (co-author Clare Wilkinson Weber). New York, London, New Delhi: Springer, 2020.
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. ‘Saif Ali Khan: Stardom and the Alchemy of Celebrity’ (with Liza Tom). Stardom in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Celebrity and Fame in Globalized Times.
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan and Sayanty Chatterjee. ‘The Rural in the Glocal Intersection : Representation of Space in Shyam Benegal’s Welcome to Sajjanpur and Well Done Abba.’ Kar Chaudhuri, Sneha and Ramit Samaddar eds.The Films of Shyam Benegal. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
- Mansoor Khan: Narrative and Aesthetic Impulses of a Director in ‘Self’ Exile. In Contemporary Hindi Film Directors, Sage, 2017.
- Farhan Akhtar: Stardom of the Poster Boy of ‘New’ Hindi Cinema. In Contemporary Hindi Film Directors, Sage, 2017.
- “Marketing Ladlit, Creating Bestsellers: The Importance of Being Chetan Bhagat.” In Postliberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Awards. London: Anthem, 2013, pp.19-30.
- “Kiran Nagarkar and the Discontents of Masculinity”. Masculinity in Postcolonial Indian Writing in English. Letizia Alterno & Rajeshwar Mitapalli (eds). New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2009, pp. 83-99.
- “Teaching EAP/ESP in India”. EAP and ESP in Developing Countries: Current State of Play vs Actual Needs and Wants. Mark Kznawroski (ed). London: Garnet Education & British Council, 2009, pp. 137-144.
Projects and Major Workshops Organized at IITM:
- Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop. Sponsored by Dr Kamal Haasan’s Raj Kamal Films International, May 2009.
- Partnership Development seed Grant, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Calgary, 2010.
- Imaging Cinema Filmmaking Workshop 5-10 May 2010.
- Imaging Cinema Screenwriting/documentary Workshop 18-20 January 2011.
- Imaging Cinema Filmmaking Workshop 1-10 June 2012.
- Imaging cinema Screenwriting Workshop 7-14 June 2014.
- IITM-Behindwoods Festival of Tamil Cinema June-July 2014.
- ‘Hindi Films and International Film Festivals’. Exploratory Research Project, ICSR-IIT Madras, 2017-2018.
- ‘Towards a New Vision: Women in Films, media & Beyond’. International virtual conference on 11-12 March 2021 at IITM in association with University of Guelph, Canada. Sponsored by Golden Jubilee Conference and Lecture Series Grant by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.
- Cinema at International Film Festivals: Intersections and Interventions: A Virtual Conference, 7- 11 December 2021 (in association with C-Pracsis)
International/ National Awards & Recognition:
Papers presented at Conferences/Workshops (International):
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan ‘Performing a half man in Two and a Half Men‘. British Association of American Studies. University of Hull, 22 April 2022. (with Arjun Anil Bhaskar). BAAS , UK, 21-23 April 2022.
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan ‘The First Lady Panel’.British Association of American Studies. University of Hull, 23 April 2022. (webinar) .
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. ‘De-Urbanizing the Screens: A Socio-Semiotic Study on Intermediality in the Hindi Films on Small Town’ (with Sayanty Chatterjee). 28 June 2021. Urban Assemblage: The City as Architecture, Media, AI and Big Data. 28-30 June 2021 University of Hertfordshire (virtual).
- ‘Hindi Cinema at International Film Festivals’. 25 March 2021. Organized by Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), University of Guelph, Canada.
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. ‘Mohabbat bade kaam ki cheez hai’: Finding Poetry with Sahir in the Commercial Cinema of the 70s’. 8 March 2021. Sahir: A Commemoration of the Poet’s Life & Work: An Online conference. 6-8 March 2021. College of Arts, University of the Fraser Valley , Canada & Sahir Ludhianvi Centenary Network.
- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. “Gali, Mohalla aur Bazaar: A Study of Neighbourhood Culture in the Mediated Representation of the Small Towns in Contemporary Hindi Cinema”. ‘ CONNECTIONS: EXPLORING HERITAGE, ARCHITECTURE, CITIES, ART, MEDIA organized by Architecture,Media, Politics, Society (AMPS)’. University of Kent, Canterbury, June 29-30, 2020 (virtual presentation with Sayanty Chatterjee).
- ‘Desiring Bodies and Smoldering Hearts: Performing Femininity through Voice’ (co-authors Namita and Nakul Krishnamurthy). When the Music Takes Over: Musical Numbers in Film and Television, Department of Music, University of Salzburg, Austria, 9 March 2018.
- “Contemporary Hindi Film Directors: From Behind the Scenes to Being Scene Stealers” . Invited talk at SOAS, London, 27 April 2016.
- “When Shakespeare Meets Bollywood: But Where Are the Comedies?” . Paper presented at “Indian Shakespeares on Screen” Asia House, London, 29 April 2016.
- Presented a paper ‘Haute couture and Star Iconography in Postliberalized Hindi Films.’ Fashion 7 Interdisciplinary conference. 26th Sept 2015 at Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK.
- Chaired a session on ‘Textile Production and Sustainable Fashion.’ Fashion 7 Interdisciplinary conference. 25th Sept 2015 at Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK.
- Vimal Mohan John & Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan. “Sam Mendes’s suburban America and performances of anxious masculinity.” New directions in the humanities. San Pablo University: Madrid. 12-15 June 2014.
- “Background Music in Contemporary Hindi Cinema.” CINESONIKA Conference. School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. February 2012.
- “Masculinity in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.” (with Vimal John). Paris International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research, 24-28 July 2012.
- “Masculinities in Chinese Cinema & Reception in India”. China in the World. Open University Hong Kong, 5-8th January 2011.
- City Culture in Indian Cinema. MICOLLAC 2009, University of Putrajeya, 29 April 2009.
- Streets in Indian Cinema. 5th Great Asian Streets Symposium, Dept of Architecture. National University of Singapore, 6 December 2008.
- Notion of America in Popular Hindi Films. 53rd Annual Conference of British Association of American studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, 28 March 2008.
- A headway in the IT world (Global-Sig) at 39th IATEFL conference, Cardiff, UK, 6th April 2005.
- Using Media in ESP/EAP contexts: A Workshop (ESP-Sig). 40th IATEFL conference, Harrogate, UK. 10 April 2006.
- Teaching ESP/EAP in India . 40th IATEFL conference, Harrogate, UK. 8 April 2006.
Other Academic Activities:
- Attended Toronto International Film Festival -TIFF 2022, Canada from 8-18 September 2022.
- Attended Film Appreciation Course at FTII, Pune. May16-June 11, 2011.
- Attended Screenwriting Workshop at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. 21-25 June 2010.
- Developed course modules for Distance Teaching. English & Foreign Languages University, (formerly CIEFL), Hyderabad, India. Part of Postcolonial literature for Distance Mode MA programme
- Developed Online Courses
- Contemporary Literature, Video module, 2012
- Contemporary Literature, Web module, 2012
- Introduction to Film Studies, Video module, 2013
- ‘Literary Theory & Literary Criticism’ Jan-Feb 2015
- ‘Film Appreciation, May-June 2015
- Technical English for Engineers’ Jan-April 2016
- American Literature & Culture. July-Oct 2016.
- English Language for Competitive Exams. Jan-April 2017.