Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

Associate Professor (on Lien)
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Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Centre for the Study of Culture & Society, Bangalore, India (Manipal University, Manipal)

MA in English from University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India)

BA in English from University of Calicut (India)


Member, Selection Committee (India Programme), MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (from 2016)

Visiting Faculty of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Winter Semester 2014.

Founder Curator, 'TITLES: Festival of Experimental Films from India' held at Rice Cinema (William Marsh Rice University, Houston TX). 2011 to 2014

Post Doctoral Fellow, Chao Center for Asian Studies, William Marsh Rice University (Houston TX). 2010 – 2012.

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay. 2008-2010.

Guest Faculty, Department of Media Studies, English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. Winter Semester 2008.

Lecturer at the Department of Journalism, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. 2007-2008.

Guest Faculty at the Department of English, Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College (Calicut). 2006

Visiting Faculty, Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts & Communication of University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. Winter Semester 2003.

Research Interests: 

Cultural Studies, Feminist Theory, Literary Theory, Film Studies, Regional Literatures and Cultures in India


In English:

2021. Editor (with SV Srinivas, Subhajit Chatterjee and Omita Goyal). Indian Cinema Today and Tomorrow: Infrastructure, Aesthetics, Audiences. IIC Quarterly, 47.3&4.

2017. Editor. 'Aesthetics of Space in Indian Cinema'. Special Issue positions: asia critique, 25, 1.

2021. 'Region/Regional Cinema'. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. 12.1-2.

2021. 'Films in Progress' IIC Quarterly, 47.3&4

2020. 'Habits and Worlds: Malayalam Cinema's Travels with the Gulf' in Monika Mehta and Madhuja Mukherjee (eds.)  Industrial Networks and Cinemas of India: Shooting Stars, Shifting Geographies and Multiplying Media. Oxon: Routledge

2018. 'Artefacts of 'Worlds' Unseen' in Pamela Erskine-Loftus (ed.) Arab Identities and Images in Film: Voices and Conversations. Edinburgh: Akkadia Press

2018. ‘We need to talk about Indian Panorama: A report from International Film Festival of India 2017’. NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, 7, 1. Spring.

2017. 'Urban/ the City: An Experiment called the “Kochi film”'. positions: asia critique, 25, 1.

2016. ‘The ‘Worlds of the Region’. positions: asia critique, 24, 3.

2016. ‘Kim Ki Duk’s Promise, Zanussi’s Betrayal: Film Festival, World Cinema and the Subject of the Region’. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 17, 2.

2015. Thiruvithamkoor, Malabar, Kerala: Speculations on the Regions in ‘Regional Cinema’. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, 6, 2.

2014. ‘Aesthetic Dislocations: A Re-take on Malayalam cinema of the 1970s’ in Priya Joshi and Rajinder Dudrah (eds.) 1970s and its Legacies in Indian Cinema. UK: Routledge; reprinted from South Asian Popular 
Culture, 10, 1, April 2012.

2010. ‘What is Left of Malayalam Cinema?’ in Sowmya Dechamma and E Satya Prakash (eds.) Cinemas Of South India: Culture, Resistance, Ideology. New Delhi. OUP.

2010. ‘Soft porn and the Anxieties of the Family: The Gendering of the Imagined Addressee of Malayalam Cinema’ in Meena T Pillai (ed.) Women in Malayalam Cinema: Naturalising Gender Hierarchies. Hyderabad: Orient Longman.

2009. ‘The Gulf in the Imagination: Migration, Malayalam Cinema and Regional Identity’. 
Contributions to Indian Sociology, 43, 2.

2007. ‘Of Mice and Men: The Futures of Nair Masculinity in a Post Matrilineal Modernity’. Thaapasam: Journal of Kerala Studies, 1, 3 & 4.

2006. ‘Hamare Keral Mein ek Kahavat Hai...: Remakes in Cinema and the Burdens on the ‘Translated Text’’. Transtext(es) Trans Cultures. May.

2005. ‘PE Usha, Hegemonic Masculinities and the Public Domain in Kerala: On the Historical Legacies of the Contemporary’. Inter Asia Cultural Studies, 6, 2.

2004. ‘On the Politics of Documentary Cinema: From Answers to Questions?’ in Films for Freedom Festival Brochure. ‘Films for Freedom’ festival in Bangalore, July.

2002. ‘Looking’ at Mohanlal: Spectatorial Ordering and the Emergence of the ‘Fan’ in Malayalam Cinema’, Deep Focus Film Quarterly, December.

2002. ‘Identities in ‘the dark’: (Identity) Politics in (at) the Cinema’ in Deedi & Girija (eds.) Festival Book, Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF 2002) May 21 – 24, Calicut.

In Malayalam:

2015. 'Thirasheelakku Pinnile Adrushya Drishyangal' (The Invisible Images Behind the Screen) in Madhyamam Weekly. 28 December 2015.

2007. ‘Pakarppavakaashathinte Raashtreeyam’ (The Politics of Copyright) & ‘Sargaathmaka 
Swaadeenagalum Pakarppedukkalum’ (Creative Influences and Copying) – An Interview with 
Lawrence Liang in Mathrubhumi Weekly 18 & 25 March 2007.

2006. ‘Kerala Model Cinemayum Nammal Kaanaatha Gulfum’ (Kerala Model Cinema and the Imagined 
Gulf) in Pachakuthira, 2 (8), March 2006.

2005. ‘1970kalil Sambhavichathu Adhava Malayaliyum Mohanlaum Thammilenthu?’ (What Happened 
in the 1970s, or What is the Relationship Between the Malayali and Mohanlal) in Pachakuthira. 2 (5), 
December 2005.

2005. ‘Aanatham Vere, Aanungal Vere’ (The Difference Between Masculinity and Men) in 
Pachakuthira 1 (12), July 2005.

2004. ‘Fans, Fans Association, Malayalacinema (Fans, Fans’ Association, Malayalam Cinema) in 
Pachakuthira 1 (1), August 2004.


The New India Fellowship 2018