Monday 30 March, 10:00-19:00, Birkbeck Cinema 

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Ruchir Joshi Symposium: Essays in Text and Image

With the support of CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership, Goethe-Institut London, and Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin).

Filmmaker, novelist, reporter, columnist, photographer, essayist – Ruchir Joshi’s work has taken many forms and followed many paths, over the last four decades. Following the screenings of several of Joshi’s films as part of the Essay Film Festival, this symposium aims to examine that multidisciplinary work in the round – across different media and means of expression, and above all in the context of Indian culture and society, seen in a global perspective.

To do this, we are delighted to welcome a number of distinguished guests to the symposium, as well as Ruchir Joshi himself, who will be participating in several of the panels. Full details of the programme will be published in due course, but here is an outline of the themes and debates to feature in the symposium:

·         Ravi Vasudevan (CSDS, Delhi) and Giulia Battaglia (University of Paris) will be approaching Joshi’s film work from the point of view of documentary history and contemporary practices, especially in India and South Asia.

·         Markus Ruff (Berlin Arsenal) and Nicole Wolf (Goldsmiths) will discuss the recent restoration of Joshi’s essay films in relation to the cultural politics of film preservation and the exhibition of restored works.

·         Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra and artist Tony Cokes will engage with Joshi’s essayistic practice across different media and with his role as a political and cultural commentator.

·         Finally, Rashmi Varma (Warwick) will discuss Joshi’s literary work as a novelist and essayist. 

·         The symposium will also include screenings of short films not shown elsewhere in the Essay Film Festival.

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