Dr. Shekhar Deshpande
Professor, Dept. Media and Communication
Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair, 2005-2008
Dr. Shekhar Deshpande joined the Arcadia Faculty in 1988 as the director of the Communications Program. Born and raised in India, he completed his undergraduate and graduate work in the sciences there and received a scholarship to study communications in the United States. He has overseen the growth of the program at Arcadia University and has taught a variety of courses in media and film studies, visual culture and cultural studies. He continues to publish regularly in the areas of identity, media criticism and film and cultural studies.
- Ph.D. Communications, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
- M.S. Communications (Broadcasting), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
- Diploma in Communication Arts (Broadcasting), Xavier Institute of Communications, Bombay, India
- World Cinema
- Short Films
- Visual Cultures
- Introduction to Film
- Romantic Comedy
- Eros, Cinema
- Film and TV after 9/11
- Going Home
- Popular Cinema
- Lies, Damn Lies and Photography
- Strategic Transnationalism in Women’s Anthology Films, Society for Cinema Studies, Chicago, March 2013.
- Chair, Engaging Media: Media, Spectators, Politics, Society for Cinema Studies Conference, New Orleans, March 2011.
- Chair and Convener, Panel on Sound and Image: The Spaces in Between? NECS, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, 2011 Conference on Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media, London, June 24-26, 2011.
- “Sound and Image in musical documentaries: Marina Andree’s Sevdah (2009);” NECS, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, 2011 Conference on Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media, London, June 24-26, 2011.
- “Nation in the wake of its demise: Anthology films as a response to the New Europe,” The Europeanness of European Cinema, Kings College, London, June 2010.
- Respondent to the Third Biennial Cinema Conference on Cinema South Asia: Focus on Documentary, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 2010.
- “East European Omnibus as a Pedagogical and Methodological Strategy,” Society of Cinema Studies Conference, Los Angeles, March 2009.
- Anthology Film and World Cinema, New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
- New World Cinema: A Critical Introduction, Shekhar Deshpande, Meta Mazaj, New York and London: Routledge, 2015.
- Cinema and Popular Memory: Critical Theory, History on Film and Popular Memory, VDM Verlag Publishers, 2011.
- “Centers, Forms, and Perspectives in World Cinema,” Shekhar Deshpande, Meta Mazaj, in Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, Vol. 2, no. 1, Winter 2014.
- “Cinema Beyond Borders: Slovene Films in a World Context,” Meta Mazaj and Shekhar Deshpande, in A Companion to Eastern European Cinema, Ed. Aniko Imre (Blackwell, 2012), 148-166.
- “Midnight’s Children: Two Authors in Search of a Film,” DearCinema, April 30, 2013.
- “’Celluloid Man’, Saving History for Our Rich Past," DearCinema, April 14, 2013.
- “Liar’s Dice,” DearCinema, May 14, 2014.
- “Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi,” DearCinema, May 17, 2014.
- “Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her,” DearCinema, June 6, 2014.
- “Miss Lovely,” DearCinema, July 1, 2014.
- “Anthology Film: The Future is NOW: Film Producer as Creative Director,” Widescreen, v. 2, no. 2, 2010.
- “Anthology Films in European Cinema: New Frontiers of Collective Identities,” Studies in European Cinema, v 7, no. 1, 2010, 77-88.
- Media Editor and Contributing Writer, Little India, 1991-
- “The Afterlife of War: The 15th Sarajevo Film Festival,” Senses of Cinema, #53, 2010.
- Rotterdam Film Festival Diary, Several Articles/Reviews, DearCinema, February 2010.
- Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, April 2010. DearCinema.
- “K. M. Madhusudhanan’s Bioscope,” DearCinema, 8 May 2009.
- “Whose Identity is it Anyway?” Seminar,
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