Unexpected Itineraries: Affective Encounters between Indian Cinema and China


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants


Cinema Studies


This research charts a history of encounters between Indian cinema and China. Examining these interactions within the broad overview of socio-political, economic and cultural frameworks, the dissertation shows that a multi-sited and micro level analysis of cinematic encounters between publics in China and the Indian image on the screen produces polysemic meanings. The exchanges participate in wider circulations, pressures and mediations; within contexts of trans-Asian and global media flows, socialist and post-socialist networks in the 20th century, and technology mediated interactions. The study will be of interest to those seeking to understand Indian cinema through the transnational paradigm, and add to scholarship on foreign film cultures in China. More broadly, it bridges the studies of East and South Asia, often conceived as distinct disciplinary fields.