Shohini Ghosh is the Sajjad Zaheer Professor of media at the AJK Mass Communication Research Center. She is an essayist on popular culture and a documentary filmmaker. In a 2007 interview at the University of Minnesota, she provided reflections on her life and work.
Early life and education
Ghosh received master's degrees from the MCRC and from Cornell University, and was a visiting professor at Cornell from 1990 to 1996. She spent time as a fellow at the University of Chicago, and taught as part of a variety of programs on sexuality, culture and society during the 1990s.
Ghosh began her documentary film work around that time, co-founding the Mediastorm Collective, an all-women documentary collective which in 1992 received the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Work among Women Media Professionals. In 1998 she worked with Sabeena Gadihoke on Three Women and a Camera.
She has published a number of academic papers on gender, violence against women, and censorship in India, including "Censorship Myths and Imagined Harms" and "Looking in Fascination and Horror, Sex Violence and Spectatorship in India".. Her most recent monograph on the film Fire published by Arsenal Pulp Press is one of the first book length studies on this field defining film.
- Minnesota, University of (1 November 2006). "Shohini Ghosh, November 2006". Institute for Advanced Study.
- From her AJK MCRC biography
- "Three Women and a Camera (1998)".
- A 74-minute film in Bengali, it premiered in the US in 2003.
- The annual Asia Livelihood Documentary festival. See http://jeevika.org.
- From an Alternative Law Forum course syllabus.
- "Fire: A Queer film classic". Arsenal Pulp Press.