Jyotsna Kapur | Cinema and Photography | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Jyotsna Kapur PH.D

Professor - Cinema and Photography

Jyotsna Kapur

Ph.D. (Radio TV Film), Northwestern University, 1998
M.P.S. (communication Arts) Cornell University, 1992
M.Phil (History), Delhi University, 1988
Email: jkapur@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121G


Jyotsna Kapur is a Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, who is also cross-appointed with Sociology.  Her research and teaching interests include:  Marxist-feminist theory of media arts and culture; The politics of labor, class, race, and sexuality in neoliberalism; contemporary Indian media culture; History and theory of the documentary idea especially its redefinations in contemporary practices and digital culture; Third Cinema; and Global children's media culture.  She is the author of The Politics of Time and Youth in Brand India: Bargaining with Capital (2013) and Coining for Capital:  Movies, Marketing, and the Transformation of Childhood (2005); both books pre-occupied with how the neoliberal turn worldwide since the 70s radically transformed the relationship between generations and our consciousness of time. Coming into media studies with a background in theater, Kapur's current work is on the anxieties and hopes embedded in the transformation of experience into image and vice versa, both as a market-driven feature of everyday life as well as resistance to it.  One sypmtom or artistic device for exressing this, she suggests, is the recurance of Frankenstein as an overarching myth/concept in contemporary arts practice. 

             Kapur teaches courses in Media Arts theory, documentary practices, analysis of visual culture and in the Peace Studies Minor.