Ravi Vasudevan did research on Indian nationalist politics of the 1930s at Jawaharlal Nehru University and on film history at the University of East Anglia. His work on cinema explores issues in film, social history, politics, and contemporary media transformation. From 2000 onwards Vasudevan has been involved in running Sarai, the CSDS media and urban studies research programme. His current research focus includes the way film use was dispersed from the site of the cinema into a variety of practical uses and the reception of video technologies from the 1980s. This is part of a new Sarai project that Vasudevan is coordinating with Ravi Sundaram on media infrastructure and information.
Vasudevan works closely with the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University and the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has held fellowships at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Princeton and Cambridge. He is on the editorial advisory board of Screen, has edited Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (2000), is a founder editor of the journal Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, and author of The Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema (2010).
Email: raviv(at)sarai.net, vasudevan.rs(at)gmail.com