Chatham University

Film and Digital Technology (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Prajna Paramita Parasher

Prajna Paramita Parasher

parasher@chatham.edu
Professor, Chair, Arts, Design and Communication and Program Director, Film and Digital Technology
Hometown : Simla, India
Joined Chatham : 1994

Academic Areas of Interest

Postcolonial and Critical Theory, Film History and Theory, New Media and Gaming

Personal Areas of Interest

Travel, music, reading, watching films, cooking and gardening.

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Biography

prajna paramita parasher is a filmmaker/scholar and multimedia artist practicing at the shifting intersection of classical thought and new technologies. Born in the foothills of the Himalayas, she began her education as a filmmaker in Paris and went on to earn a Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Currently she is Professor of Art, Film and Cultural Studies, Chair of the Arts, Design and Communication department and Program Director of the Film and Digital Technology program at Chatham University. Her personal focus on postcolonial studies comes to realization in several forms -- films, 2-D art, installations and scholarly writing. Her creative work is experimental and has been shown across the country in venues from small towns to the Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Nehru Center, London, The Tagore Center, Berlin and the San Francisco Cinematheque. Already part of the canon at major American Universities, her films are used in ethnic, diaspora, cultural and women’s studies. She has received recognition via multiple fellowships, awards and grants.

Education

  • MA/Ph.D., Film Studies, Northwestern University (Evanston, ILL), 1994
  • BA, Political Science (Hons.) Philosophy (Minor) Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, (New Delhi, India), 1974

Publications

  • Article: "Specters and Images: When the Levees Broke – A Requiem in Four Acts," International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 2011
  • Article: "The the Neverland of Disney Indians," McFarland Press, 2011
  • Book: Retrospective Hallucination: Echo in Bollywood Modernities, (2002) UBSPD New Delhi and London
  • Book: Field Notes From the Interior, (2004) Sterner, Sen, Parasher, Sarnir Foundation
  • Book: Time, Space, Light, Consciousness, (2004) Sterner, Sen, Parasher, Sarnir Foundation
  • Gallery Show: Urdu Calligraphic Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (2008)
  • Gallery Show: A Beholding, The Tagore Center Gallery, Berlin (2008)
  • Gallery Show: A Beholding, MoxieDaDa, Pittsburgh (2008)
  • Gallery Show: "You Are Here," SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh (2008)
  • Gallery Show: A Beholding, The Nehru Center Gallery, London (2007)
  • Gallery Show: FlickerFusion -- What the Dark Leaves Behind (2006)
  • Video: "Cut Flowers with Deep Roots: James McLaughlin and Psychoanalysis," 45 mins.
  • Video: "At the Edge of the Unthought," India Habitat Center, New Delhi (2004)
  • Video: "Moving Jewels," for LABCO's Ripe, Kelley-Strayhorn Performing Arts Theater (2006)
  • Video: "Yeh Hi Hai -- Heiroglyphics of Commodity," 45 mins. (1999 -2003)
  • Video: "Exile and Displacement?" 50 mins. (1992)
  • Video: "Unbidden Voices," 32 mins. (1989)
  • Video: "I Left My Eyes Behind in Video Frames," 16 mins. (1989)
  • Video: "Crab Canon I, II, &III," 12 mins. (1987)
  • 16mm Film: "Mallikarjun Mansur," 70 mins. (1982)
  • Aritcle: "The GAnges River: Metaphor and Mythopoesis," Freud Along the Ganges, The Other Press: New York, (2005)
  • Article: "Bollywood," Encyclopedia Of East Asia, Oxford University Press, (2007)
  • Article: "Analog Voice, Digital Image: Art in Diaspora," Journal of the Visual Arts, India Habitat Center (2002)
  • Article: "The Media Scene and Postcolonial Theories," Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts, Greenwood Press, Westport (1995)

Certifications

  • Diploma, Television and Film Institute of India, Pune, India 1979
  • Certificate in Film and Television, OFRATEME and University of Paris VIII, 1975
  • Diploma in French, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, New Delhi, India, 1974

Awards

  • Grant Award, University of Pittsburgh (2007)
  • Central Research Grant, Chatham College (2006)
  • Semi-Finalist, Creative Capital (2004)
  • Central Research Grant, Chatham College (2003)
  • Bhul Professor, Chatham College (2002)
  • Central Research Grant, Chatham College (2001)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1999)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1998)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1997)
  • Central Research Grant, Chatham College (1996)
  • President’s Award, Global Focus, Year of Africa, Chatham College (1996)
  • Central Research Grant, Chatham College (1995)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1994)
  • Nominated for the Rockfellow Fellowship (1993)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1992)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1991)
  • Fellowship Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1990)
  • Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Arts/American Film Institute, Great Lakes Region (1990)
  • Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Arts/American Film Institute, Great Lakes Region (1988)
  • Festival Award, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh (1990)
  • New Television Award, The Center for New Television, Chicago (1989)
  • Grant Award, The Institute of Modern Communications, Northwestern University, Evanston (1988)
  • Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Independent Filmmaking, 10th Big Muddy Film Festival (1988)

Organizations

  • Rhizome
  • Society for Cinema Studies
  • University Film and Video Association

Achievements

  • Who's Who Among Contemporary Women Artists of the 21st Century (2003)
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2005 and 2006)

Presentations

  • "The Broken Circle: Looking Back at Partition Through Line Drawings," Partition: The Long Shadow, India Habitat Center, New Delhi (2007)
  • "The Rainy Season: Iconography of Love in Popular Hindi Films," India Below the Surface -- Gender, History and Popular Culture, Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh (2007)
  • "Looking for the Beloved Within," India : Culture and Religion, Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh (2007)