The slum has been a visual force in a number of city films from across the world. The use of certain geographical locations and popular discourses about crime and poverty have given shape to a diverse range of images that are at once powerful, mythic and disturbing. This event, which will kick off a two-day conference on “ Slums: New Visions for an Enduring Global Phenomenon ,” will explore the perceptions that have fuelled the imagination of the cinematic slum. Mazumdar will be joined on stage by Janice Perlman , President, The Mega-Cities Project and Brodwyn Fisher , Professor of Latin American History, University of Chicago. Their conversation will be moderated by George ‘Mac’ McCarthy , President and CEO, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Ranjani Mazumdar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications focus on urban cultures, popular cinema, gender and the cinematic city. She is the author of Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City (2007) and co-editor with Neepa Majumdar of the forthcoming Wiley Blackwell Companion to Indian Cinema. She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and her productions include Delhi Diary 2001 and The Power of the Image (Co-Directed). Her current research focuses on globalization and film culture, and the intersection of technology, travel, design and colour in 1960s Bombay Cinema.
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