Dr. Shekhar Deshpande

Professor and Chair, Dept. Media and Communication
Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair, 2005-2008

deshpande@arcadia.edu

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.

Education

  • 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
  • M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Bombay
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India

Courses Taught

  • Short Films
  • World Cinema
  • Visual Cultures
  • Introduction to Film
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Trash Films
  • Eros, Cinema
  • Film and TV after 9/11
  • Lies, Damn Lies and Photography
  • Going Home
  • Popular Cinema
  • MediaMovies

Recent Presentations

  • Strategic Transnationalism in Women’s Anthology Films: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (2010), Society for Cinema Studies, Chicago, March 2013. 
  • Chair, Panel on Engaging Media: Media, Spectators, Publics, 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 at 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, Los Angeles, March 2010.
  • “Anthology of Identity: Emerging Imaginary in European Cinema,” European Cinema Research Forum, (ECRF) at SUNY Binghamton, NY, June 2009. 

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