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Research areas

The SMCS undertakes research in the following broad areas:

  • Film and Television Studies
  • Documentary Film and Media Representation
  • Media Censorship
  • Media Representation of Marginalised Groups
  • Urbanism, Gender and Public Space
  • Globalisation, Sexuality and Questions of Representation
  • Young Women and Feminism
  • Political Economy of Media
  • Participatory Media Democratic Decentralisation
  • Micro- Level Planning and Local Self Governance
  • Globalisation and its implications for culture
  • New Media and ICTs

M.Phil/Ph.D Thesis

MA Dissertation

M A Dissertations

2016 – 2018
  • Understanding Life of Kunbi Women in Peasant Culture Through 'Shramgeete' Archana Madhukar Kaware
  • Aaj kal market mein fogg nahin feminism chal raha hain: A Study on the commodification of Feminism in Indian Advertising and its ReceptionBursenla
  • Media framings of the Kargil war Dheeraj Kumar Dubey
  • Quantitative Content Analysis of English and Vernacular Newspapers of Patna – Ishan Singh Bhadoria
  • Throne of films: A Study on Kannada films industry and Kannada film regulationsKamesh Shekar
  • Web Series in India: Probing the “Independence” of the Makers – Madhumoy Satpathy
  • City/Cinematic Space: Reflections on Representations of The Subarban in Kochi FilmsMrudula P
  • ‘Experiences of Migrant Sex worker women in Sonagachi: Understanding better the Violence associated with migration and sex workNayoneka Shankar
  • Media Representation and Rural Agricultural Distress: A Study in Yavatmal District of MaharashtraNikhil Gajanan Ambekar
  • STAGE FOR STAGE: Understanding Space in the Context of Contemporary Theatre in MumbaiNikhita Singh
  • HATE IN THE TIME OF CINEMA: Tracing the Evolution of Violent Mobile Phone Images Prthviraj Solanki
  • Women Sports: Gender, Body and Open Space – Ruchira Bharat Petkar
  • Mobile Theatre in Assam: The Shift and Struggles in a neo-liberal eraSankuraj Konwar
  • Metal Music Culture in KochiSarath P Raju
  • The Existential Monkeys Existential philosophy in the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan and idea of the conflicted self. – Satyam Sai
  • Digital Nomads: Exploring the experiences of solo women travel bloggers Shreya K.A
  • All about English Vinglish : A Sociological Study of an 'English Speaking' Class Shrishti Malhotra
  • Face of the Leader: The Politics of the 'Modi masks' Sukrita  Baruah
  • Manga/Anime/Cosplay In Nagaland: A Fad Or To Stay? Vilo K Awomi
  • CREATING OUR OWN CANON Engaging with marginalised desires and sexualities in and through fanfiction – Srishti Raj
  • TEA AND DOMESTICITY: Representations of the Urban Home in 1970s Hindi Cinema Ketan Krishna
  • Dil Baccha Hai_Looking for childhood in Hindi cinema Post 2010 films Malvika
  • Critical Discourse Analysis Of An Indian Text From A Latin American Perspective A Study Of Roll No 21 Andres Camilo Orrego Ramiret
  • hokkolorob and Facebook - Sayan Bhattacharjee
2015 – 2017
  • Bombay Bangs its Head : The Metalhead Fan Culture in Mumbai Abir Dasgupta
  • Commercializing Cultures, A look into the Lifestyle brands of India – Adhvaidha Kalidasan
  • The Coloured Mirror And The Hungry Earth: A Comparative Analysis Of Shetkaryacha Asud and Neel Durpan Adwaita Subrata Banerjee
  • English Press Scribes on Bombay’s LabourAjeet Uday Mahale
  • Love’s Life: Understanding Inter-caste Relationships Among Heterosexual CouplesAkhil Vasudevan
  • The Avenging Feudals in Malayalam Cinema – Ambu G
  • Old game in a new Field: A Study of Football Culture in India in the time of Sporting LeaguesAmlan Jyoti Das
  • Kiss of Love: A study exploring protest, spaces and manifestationsAmrutha K P
  • THAT STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD: An exploration of the re-invention of the tradition of Bharatanatyam in LucknowAparna Srivastava
  • Talking Bodies: Negotiations of “Womanhood” by Young, Middle-Class WomenBhamini Lakshminarayan
  • Impact of Migration of Language : A study of the changinglinguistic traditions and attitudes of the Kashmiri Migrant community in DelhiGarima Kaul
  • Pushing For Throne: LAN Gaming Cafes And the Social Dynamic of Video GamingMilen Mathew John
  • Normalizing Nuclear: A Cultural Study of How India Learned to Love the BombPrerna Gupta
  • Chasing BrahminicaI Illusion; Textual Analysis of films Fandry and SairatPruthviraj Shinde
  • Inspired By True Events:Talvar, Black Friday and the CinephiliacSameer Daniel Gardner
  • Questioning Cages: A study of production of Gendered Spaces in Higher Education Institutes Tanya Mishra
  • Visual and Text Based Reviews: An analysis of Consumer Perception and Credibility of Text based and Visual reviews in E-Commerce Sanghamitra Dutta
  • Our Love for the Man-Cub: A Study on Visual Adaptions of The Jungle Book – Aayushi Bengani
2014 – 2016
  • The Strange, The Smart And The Imagined (UNDERSTANDING Realism In Contemporary Hindi Cinema) - Aditi Saraswat
  • Screening The Indigenous Other A Study Of Two Television Serials In Assamese Language - Akash Basumatari
  • The Discourse Of Digital India Campaign : Invisibilizing Caste Identity - Akshat Jain
  • The Emergence Of The Adolescent Protagonist In Marathi Cinema - Akshay Sham Panse
  • Creating Dialogue An Exploration Into The Realist Depiction Of Language In Hindi Cinema - Arpita Katiyar
  • Charlemagne's Island: A Study On Gothuruth And Chavittunatakam - Geetha K Wilson
  • Cinema, In Your Pocket A Study Of Young Women Watching Popular Hindi Films On Mobile Phones - Maanvi
  • Of (F) Stage An Inquiry Into The English Theatre Cultures Of Chennai - Nayantara Nayar
  • Alternative Dalit Media: A Case Study Of Round Table India - Pranali Sanghajit Garud
  • Television Society: The Indian Urban Youth, Taste, Social Hierarchies Constructed - Priyamvada Jagia
  • Collective Brahminisation Of Bahujan Community The Reproduction And Reinforcement Of Brahminical Values And Culture A Case Study Of Politics Of Hindu Nationalist Forces Through WarkariKirtan - Rajendra Jadhav
  • The Perfect Bump Changing Representations Of Pregnancy In Contemporary Urban India - Shreya Katyayini
  • The 'SONG Divine' As Sung Today: Exploring Chinmaya Mission's Commentary And Discourses On Bhagavad Gita - Tanvi Khemani
  • A Room Of Their Own An Ethnographic Study Of A Beauty Parlour - Tarishi Verma
  • Inscriptions In The Air: exploring Dimasa Identity Through Orality, Language And Religion'. - Vishal Langthasa
  • Screening Telangana: Exploring Cinematic Discourse In Telugu Cinema - Arjun Chavah
2013 – 2015
  • New Ways Of Seeing: Same-Sex Desire and Popular Hindi Cinema - Aditi Maddal
  • Revisiting the Many Kabirs: The myriad musical evocations of the poet-saint in the contemporary times - Ananya Gaur
  • Batwara aur Vidroha: Gendered Violence and Female Agency in Partition Films - Ankita Bhatkande
  • Party Alliances and the Campus Student Politics: A Study Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University - Aurangabad and its Representation in Media.‘ - Anurup Khillare
  • Sharing Control? Algorithmic Image Production and Consumption - Ashwin Nagappa
  • Representation and Hindi Language Newspapers: A study in Bihar and Jharkhand - Atul Anand
  • ‘Looking for Jugni: The Muse, The Metaphor and The Journey - Deepti Murali
  • CAPABILITIES AND LIVELIHOOD: A STUDY OF A VILLAGE IN ORISSA - Dinesh Mahapatra
  • Searching the Lost Voice: Re-tracing Life history of a Dalit Woman Activist - Disha KR
  • "The Vilayati Punjabis: Portrayal of Women and Diaspora in Punjabi Cinema" - Elisha Walia
  • Malayalam Rock - Faebitha Rahiman
  • Stories of Naigaon: Meanings of Collective Politics Past and Present - Firdaus Soni
  • CULTURAL TRANSITION AMONG THE PAITES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY’ - Jamminlian Vualnam
  • The Religious under-structure of the Pre-Christian Angami Society - Keduokhrietuo Sachu
  • Darjeeling Tea Plantations: Histories, Lives and Struggles’ - Kritika Agarwal
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Community Volunteering and Representation: (A Case Study of Waqt Ki Awaaz Community Radio Station) - Kshitij Katiyar
  • Not just a number, Not just a Game: A study of Sevens football in Malabar - Nevin Thomas
  • Bhramyomaan Theatre: The Mobile Theatres of Assam - Nishajyoti Sharma
  • Manto’s Bombay: Creating An Alternative Narrative Of 1930s-1940s - Prateek Shekhar
  • Identity-in-Conflict: Realising Realities in the midst of Fiction in Rehnuma Library, Mumbra - Reetika Subramanian
  • Extra”-ordinary: Locating the Background Artist in Contemporary Hindi Cinema - Shreya Sinha
  • PORTRAYAL OF MARGINALIZED IDENTITIES IN ‘NEW GENERATION’ MALAYALAM CINEMA: A case study of six films to analyze the politics of inclusions and exclusions - Shuaib Shafi
  • ‘Dharma and Desire: A Look at the Intersection of Religious and Sexual Performance in Popular Hindi Cinema of the 1990s’ - Shubhra Dixit
  • To Mingle and Make Friends Online: Lesbian and Bisexual Women in India and the Internet as a Safe Space to Socialise - Smita Vanniyar
2012 – 2014
  • Bharat Mata ki Betiyaan : Young Women, Identity and Hindutva – A Study of the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti – Aastha Tyagi
  • Shonpa Phoeba Kache : Understanding the Tibetan Muslim youth in Kalimpong – Anisa Bhutia
  • The Spirit of Film Noir in Hindi Cinema – Bishaldeb Halder
  • Production of Culture through the television show “Patturumal Ishal Marhaba” – Fareeda Muhammed
  • Notions of Tamil womanhood in contemporary Tamil Cinema – Gitanjali Somanathan
  • Sacred Groves of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh : A multifaceted institution – Munmun Dhalaria
  • Cinema in Manipur: A Study of Its Growth Dynamics – Pibathoi Naorem
  • Romancing Feminisms : Young Urban Feminists and their Dilemmas about Love, Sex and Desirability – Rajashree Gandhi
  • The Nation and Schooling: Exploring the manifestation of ‘nation’ in a non-denominational school in Mumbai – Ridhima Sharma
  • The Adaptation and Portrayal of Elements and Themes from Indian Mythology in Fantasy Fiction – Ruchi Sawardekar
  • The Stuntman of Kannada Cinema – Sandeep Viswanath
  • Emerging Screen : Understanding the Cinema of ‘Khandesh’ – Shivdas Thorat
  • Why This ‘KaadhalVeri’? : Making meaning of ‘love failure’ through the Tamil film song – Sriram Mohan
  • Gender, Space and Human Rights : Hijras in Mumbai – Silja Wurgler
2011 – 2013
  • Kanglawood: A study of Manipuri Films Post 2000 – A. Lohrii Francis
  • Marginalization, Displacement and the Forest Rights Act : A Study of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park in Karnataka – Ananda Siddhartha
  • Hope & Despair: The Case Study of Widows from Suicide Prone Vidarbha – Archana Vijay Sadar
  • Star, Stardom and Salman Khan : The Image of Salman Khan after the success of Dabangg – Epti Pattnaik
  • Transformation of televisual spaces of Indian comedy – Gursimranjeet Singh Khamba
  • Understanding Local News : A Case Study of Kalimpong Sub Division – Juanita Mukhia
  • Zeenat Aman : The Ultimate Hippy – Krishna Ketan Panchal
  • Gunda and Loha : A Study of Cult Film Cultures – Kshitij Pipaleshawar
  • Representation of The Eastern Nagas in the Local Newspapers of Nagaland: Nagaland Post and Morung Express – Likokba
  • Comic Kaun: Contextualising Comics in India – Mridula Chari
  • Austen’s Emma across Centuries and Cultures (A textual analysis of Emma and it’s adaptations) – Mrinal Singh
  • In the Silences of A Newsroom : Reflections on the Gendered Politics of a Profession – Nithila Kanagasabai
  • The Unlikely Stardom of Chiyan Vikram : Fan Cultures of Contemporary Tamil Cinema – Nitya Menon
  • Ambedkar in the Songs of his People ( A study of Cultural Resistance in Dalit Movement Through Songs) – Piyush Garud
  • “Spotting the Queer in Mainstream Hindi Cinema” – Pratik Bhakta
  • Reflections on Kathak: Gender and Sexuality.’ – Shivani Gupta
  • Graphic Meta-narratives: Exploring the Personal and Political in Comic Art – Shruti Ravi
  • Negotiating Pleasure and Resistance: Women Reading Femina – Sujatha Subramanian
  • Jagaran and Gondhal (An exploratory study of nomadic art and culture ) – Tanvi Barge
2010 – 2012
  • Construction of female sexual agency in contemporary Indian advertising – Aakriti Kohli
  • ‘Boipara’ to ‘Barnaparichay’: The transformation of College Street – Anurag Mazumdar
  • A Forgotten Community in India: the Residents of Chhit Mahals – Arpita Chakraborty
  • Keeping alive the Street Theatre in India: A case study of the street players of Jana Natya Manch – Amol Ranjan
  • Marathi Cinema of this Decade (2000-2010) – Avadhoot A Khanolkar
  • Role of Media during Victimization of Deprived Populations- Khairlanji, 29 Sept. 2006 – Devendra S Ghorpade
  • Social Identity, Resistance and Metal Sub-Culture in India – Gin Khan Siam
  • Representation of Women in Assamese Literature – 1985 – 2007 – Joyashree Sarma
  • Mobile Culture: using internet through phones among the Mao Naga youth – Kaikho Paphro Chachei
  • The Maharashtra Folk Theatre Tamasha – Manoj B
  • Unique Identification Project of the Govt. of India – Prakash Sao
  • On the margins of power: Dalits in Print Media – Raju Hittalamani
  • Negotiating the Local: The ‘Adaptation’ of Hollywood Films Within Hindi Cinema – Sandeep Kumar Singh
  • Imperialism, Islam and the Media – Investigating the political economy of the “War on Terror” – Sharib Aqlesh Ali
  • Politics of Education in Dantewara – Shazia Nigar
  • ‘Chakh-ing India through Khadya Bhramanti’- A study of the production, representation and reception of identities and spaces through food and travel shows on national and regional television – Shweta Ghosh
  • Performing Caste: Exploring Caste and the Politics of Space in Kodungalloo – Shweta Radhakrishnan
  • Phenomena of Product Placement in the Indian Entertainment Sector – Sumit Singh
  • Subaltern Understanding of Communalism – Ufaque Paiker
  • Football culture and identity among the people in north-east India – Vikram Buragohain
2009 – 2011
  • Dhrupad and the Guru Shishya Parampara: Interrogating musical transcendence through an alternative pedagogical framework – Ajinkya Shenava
  • Food Scape: The changing dynamics of food habits and culinary culture in Kolkata – Arindam Banerjee
  • ILM: Study of Madrasah Education in Latur District – Ayesha Maria Mualla
  • Tune Out: A study on Traditional Khasi Music – Dev Choudhuri
  • Crime: A Celebration in Bollywood – Isha Pungaliya
  • A Land Locked Ark: Salvaged and Created Elements of Tibetan Identity in Exile? – Ishani Dasgupta
  • Human Rights Violation in Assam: A Case Study of Secret Killings and AFSPA – Jenisha Borah
  • Y Politics: Understanding Youth Political Cultures in Mumbai and Media Representation – Meera Khokhani
  • Fashion, Beauty and Teenage Anxiety: A study of school girls’ responses in Lucknow – Shruti Dhapola
  • Representation of Indian Diaspora in Bollywood Films – Uma Ranade
2008 – 2010
  • Power and cinema: a portrait of the Bollywood ‘struggler’ – Darpan Ved
  • ‘The Parsi Community and the Politics of Gendered Exclusion: Implications for the 21st Century’ – Divya Zal Cowasji
  • Regarding Crime: An Analysis of Representation of Crime in Hindi Cinema – Jyotirmay Das
  • An Exploration of the dynamics of the relationship between the civil society and the government as shown in mainstream hindi cinema and its reception by the youth – Kaustubh Chandra
  • ‘Healing’ through Expression: Living with Communal Violence – Lynne Henry Karahthra
  • Resonating Notes: Songs and Poetry in the Dalit Movement – Manasi Pareek
  • “Self-Perception and Identity of the Irular Community of M.G.R Nagar” – Bhargavi
  • Truth, tears, talent and TRPs: Watching Reality television in India – Parool Sharma
  • Exploring the dynamics of social exclusion in a post disaster situation: A study of two Panchayats in the aftermath of the Kosi flood in 2008 – Ram Krishana Ranjan
  • Adda, in Those Days and These: Modernity and Masculinity in Bengalis’ Adda – Romit Chowghury
  • Issued in Public Interest: Television, Social Education and HIV/AIDS in India – Sharanya Gautam
  • Dera se Dilli : Exploring Identity instruction of migrants from Dera Ismail Khan in Delhi – Shilpi Gulati
2007 – 2009
  • ‘Cracking the Cooking Code’: Exploring the politics of representation in Cookery shows on television – Smita Lakra
  • Devdas Revisited: An analysis of the various cinematic interpretations of Devdas – Shalini Nirmal
  • Exploring the character of the ‘Tapori’ in Bollywood – Ashwini Falnikar
  • Representation of Child Sexual Abuse in Audio-visual Medium – Sneha Anand
  • The Performative in the Photographic: Negotiating Gender and Power in the Images of Tejal Shah – Subuhi Jiwani
  • The Changing Face of Bazaars, A study of the spaces of consumption in Thevara, Kerala – Nandita Mary Thomas
  • STAR GAZING: A Study in the construction of a star through the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi and Mohanlal in Malayalam Cinema during the period of 1973-2007 – Nikhil Thomas Titus
  • Spaces of Journeys -An analysis of Space in the Delhi Metro System – Shephalika Mishra
  • Contesting Identities :Exploring the Issue of Identity Politics through Indian Documentary Films – Sanjay Pratap
  • Community Video in an Adivasi Area of Andhra Pradesh – Its Relevance, Reach and Potential – Karuna D’Souza
  • The Representation of Goa in Bollywood – Shaira Sequeira Shetty