A doctoral candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Debjani Dutta’s research connects the aesthetic and philosophical concerns raised by the movement of the earth to the visual and avisual movements of cinema and media. Her work places the scientific instrument of the seismograph within the late 19th century landscape of media technologies that transformed sensory and spatio-temporal perception. She argues that the seismograph emerges as a medium for conducting the earth’s vibrations that bears close ties to the inscription and transmission media of photography, phonography and telegraphy.
Debjani received graduate training in Sociology and Film Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Her M.Phil dissertation on the digital mediation of labour, space and affect among transnational fan communities spawned by the Korean Wave was awarded a thesis prize by the Association of Korean Studies. She has previously worked for the Korean Cultural Centre India as a film programmer, and has an abiding interest in the global and regional circulation of Asian cinemas.