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Neepa Majumdar
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Neepa Majumdar was on the Board of Directors from 2013-2016. This bio is for archival purposes only and may be out of date.



Neepa Majumdar has been an SCMS member and conference participant since the 1995 SCS conference in New York, which she attended as a graduate student. She is now an Associate Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh.


PhD., Department of Comparative Literature (Film Studies Program), Indiana University, Bloomington.

M.A., Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington.

M.A., English Department, Presidency College, Calcutta University, India

B.A., English Department, Presidency College, Calcutta University, India


Teaching and Research Interests: star studies; South Asian film; early cinema; film sound; documentary film; war and cinema

Selected Publications:

Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009; awarded Honorable Mention in SCMS’s First Book Award in 2010)

Co-editor of the journal Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies (Sage)

"Importing Neorealism, Exporting Cinema: Indian Cinema and Film Festivals in the 1950s," in Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style, edited by Saverio Giovacchini and Robert Sklar (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012).

"Immortal tale or nightmare?: Dr Kotnis between art and exploitation," South Asian Popular Culture 6.2 (October 2008): 141 - 159.

"Film Fragments, Documentary History, and Colonial Indian Cinema," The Canadian Journal of Film Studies 16.1 (Spring 2007).

"Pather Panchali (1955), Satyajit Ray" in Film Analysis: A Norton Reader, edited by Jeffrey Geiger and R.L. Rutsky (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2005).

"Doubling, Stardom, and Melodrama in Indian Cinema: The 'Impossible' Role of Nargis," Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities, 22.3 (2003): 89-103.

"The Embodied Voice: Song Sequences and Stardom in Popular Hindi Cinema" in Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, edited by Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Arthur Knight (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001).

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