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Shohini Ghosh, November 2006

Shohini Ghosh is Associate Professor, Video and Television Production at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, (Central University) New Delhi. As Visiting Associate Professor (1990-1996) at the Department of Communication, Cornell University, USA, she has taught courses on Gender, Media and Representation and Video for Development and Social Intervention. She has conducted training workshops on gender and the media for different organizations in India and Bangladesh including UNICEF, Dhaka. Ghosh worked as director/producer of educational films for the University Grants Commission (UGC) countrywide classroom, and as an independent documentary filmmaker. She is co-founder member of Mediastorm Collective, India’s first all women documentary production collective which received The Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Work among Women Media Professionals in 1992.

The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (130.9 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 55 MB).

A major part of Ghosh’s current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship. Ghosh writes extensively on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press. As Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago (April-June 2001) Ghosh worked on a series of essays on the nineties mediascape in India. Recently Ghosh directed Tales of the Nightfairies (74 min/2002) a film about the sex workers’ struggle for rights in Calcutta. The film won the Best Film award at Jeevika 2003—the National Livelihood Documentary Competition.

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