Suvadip Sinha

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Asian & Middle Eastern Studies .
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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Western University, Canada.
  • M.Phil.: Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
  • M.A.: Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.


  • Indian Cinema
  • Modern South Asian Literature and Culture
  • Global Modernities
  • Philosophy of Non-human
Courses Taught
  • ALL 1905: Bollywood and Beyond
  • ALL 3637:Modern South Asian Literature
  • ALL 5920: Public Culture and Media in Modern South Asia
  • ALL 3920: Ghosts of India
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Fellow: Goettingen Institute for Advanced Study , July 2016 - December 2016


  • “Things in Indian Cinema”: : A book-length analysis of the representation of materiality in Indian cinema. Analyzing a number of Indian films from 1940s to 1970s, this project aims to understand how the inanimate things on Indian screen help re-spatialize our understanding of post-colonial modernity.
  • “Spectral Intimacy”: For this project I study the evolution of ghost, spectral, uncanny as an ethical, political category in South Asian cultural texts. By studying literary texts, films and television series, produced from 1880s till post-globalization India, this is an attempt to understand how the figure of the specter has haunted the South Asian imagination at various historical junctures.
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Return of the Native: Swades and the Re-thinking of Diaspora.." Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 10.2 185-96.
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Vernacular Masculinity and Politics of Space in Contemporary Bollywood Cinema.." Studies in South Asian Film and Media 5.2 (2014): 131-46.
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Ghostly Predicament: Narrative, Spectrality and Historicality in Rabindranath Tagore’s 'The Hungry Stones.'." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 15.7 (2015): 728-743.
  • Book Review: Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition by Bhaskar Sarkar: Sinha, Suvadip, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 26 195-99, 2011.
  • Book Review: Figurations in Indian Film edited by Meheli Sen and Anustup Basu: Sinha, Suvadip, Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, 12.3 199-201, 2014.
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Critique of the Disciplinary Sovereign in Rabindranath Tagore's "Red Oleanders"." The Politics and Reception of Rabindranath Tagore's Drama: The Bard on the Stage (2014): 137-45.
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Magical Modernity: Fallacy of Affect in Ritwik Ghatak's "Ajantrik"." Cultural Critique 95 (2017): 101-130.
  • "Sovereign Intimacy: Politics of Love in Amitav Ghosh's 'The Glass Palace'": Sinha, Suvadip, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Forthcoming.
  • Sinha, Suvadip, Eds. Henry Schwarz and Sangeeta Ray. "Encyclopedia Entry: Arundhati Roy" Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Wiley-Blackwell,
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "“Fat Woman in a Car”: The Curious Case of Tun Tun." Feminist Media Histories 3:2 (2017): 78-97.
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Urban Love, Celluloid Illusion: A Re-evaluation of Bombay Middle Cinema of 1970s." Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 17:1 (2019): 95-110.
  • . Postcolonial Animalities. Routledge, 2019. Link
  • Sinha, Suvadip. "Pariah Dogs--Precarious Cohabitation." Postcolonial Animalities (2019):
  • University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award, 2015; 2017; 2018
  • Single Semester Leave, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Fall 2016
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Research and Creative Collaborative, University of Minnesota, Aug, 2016 - June, 2017