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Suranjan Ganguly

Suranjan Ganguly
Suranjan Ganguly
(Ph.D. Purdue University) teaches a wide range of courses which focus primarily on poetic cinema and draw on the aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical contexts of European and Asian film. Some of his courses include Time, Memory, Cinema, Cinema and Landscape, Cinema and the Poetics of Desire, Cinema and Otherness, Cinema and Transgression, Cinema, Exile, Nostalgia, and Contemporary Asian Cinema. He has also taught interdisciplinary courses such as Film, Photography and Modernism, and classes on international directors (Bergman, Kieslowski, Bresson, Antonioni, Bertolucci, and Kurosawa). He is the recipient of the Marinus Smith Teaching Award.

Ganguly is also an affiliate faculty member in the Humanities Department.

He was chair of Film Studies from 2000 to 2005 and has also served as interim chair.

Ganguly is the author of Satyajit Ray: In Search of the Modern (2000) His book on Adoor Gopalakrishnan, India's most distinguished contemporary filmmaker, will be published in 2014 by Anthem Press, UK.  His work has appeared in Sight and Sound, Film Criticism, East-West Film Journal, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, South Asian Cinema Journal, and Asian Cinema.

His speaking engagements--by invitation--include the University of Chicago, University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, New York University, Temple University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Satyajit Ray Film Institute.  The Smithsonian has invited him twice to serve as moderator for retrospectives on Ray and Gopalakrishnan respectively.

Since 2003, Ganguly has been offering summer courses in Paris and Rome through the Study Abroad Programs at CU. These classes focus on the relationships between film and art and allow students to study the work of painters such as Caravaggio, Piero della Francesca, and Auguste Renoir in relation to films inspired by their art.

Ganguly created the Stan Brakhage Film Series--Celebrating Stan--in 2003 in memory of his close friend, colleague, and mentor. He has presented Brakhage's work at different venues in the US, India, and
Europe. He curated the three-part Unknown Brakhage at the Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou) in Paris in 2010. Ganguly's interview with the filmmaker (regarded by the latter as his most definitive) was published in Sight and Sound and Film Culture and has been anthologized in Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader and American Independent Cinema.
Originally from Calcutta, India, Ganguly studied at St. Xavier's College and Jadavpur University before coming to the US. His Ph.D. dissertation was a study of the work of Satyajit Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Virginia Woolf.



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