Online Course|Pallavi Paul and Rohit Goel | Cinema: Concept and Form |Jan 11 – Feb 10 | 6:30PM IST

Posted On:Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 | by project88newsadmin

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In this course, we will introduce foundational concepts and forms of cinema, cutting across time, space, and genre. We’ll see and discuss ‘Westerns’, film noir, verité and neo-realism, documentary, the experimental and avant-garde, as well as contemporary art installations of moving images. Our discussions will traverse geography – America, the Soviet Union, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa – method– structuralist, post-structuralist, and psychoanalytic – as well as history – the long 20th century. We’ll also pay mind to techniques of making and viewing film.

Students needn’t have a background in cinema to take the course. You can choose to attend or attend and write an academic paper or short screen script with supervision, followed by a ‘crit’. Requiredand recommended reading and viewing will be provided upon registration.


Course Dates:

January 11 – February 10, 2021

Mondays and Wednesdays (10 sessions)

6:30PM to 8:30PM India Standard Time

Worldwide Registration Open

Registration and Fees:

INR 7,500 (Participation)

INR 10,000 (Participation + Writing)

Students who successfully complete the course (attendance) are eligible for a BICAR Certificate of Completion. Those who complete three courses (attendance and writing) in the Praxis track over two calendar years are eligible for a BICAR Diploma in Praxis.


Pallavi Paul works with video, performance, and installation. Her practice speaks to poetic exploration of cultural histories, questioning the limits of speculation and facticity and evidence. Paul is also engaged in thinking about ideas of the archive, tensions between document and documentary and the implication of trace within these openings. She has received her PhD in Film Studies from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Paul’s work has been exhibited in venues including Tate Modern, London (2013); AV Festival, New Castle (2018, 2016), Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon (2018), Savvy Contemporary (2019), Contour Biennale, Mechelen (2017), New Alphabet School, HKW (2020). She currently lives and works in New Delhi.

Rohit Goel is Director/Professor of the Bombay Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). He is the co-editor of Lacan contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, Politics (Bloomsbury) and has taught courses in writing, critical theory, historiography, and politics at the University of Chicago, Sciences Po (Paris), the American University of Beirut, and Jnanapravaha Mumbai. He received a BA from Harvard College and, as Harvard University’s Paul Williams Fellow to Emmanuel College, an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He also received an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.