Shekhar A. Deshpande

Professor, Media and Communication

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About Me

As Professor in Media and Communication at Arcadia University, I teach courses in visual cultures, cinema studies, and interdisciplinary university seminars ("Walking," "Silence," and "Short Story and Photography"). My research interests include cinema studies, world cinema, visual cultures, critical theory and philosophy. My master's thesis was on semiotics of television and doctoral thesis on the relationship between Michel Foucault's concept of popular memory memory and cinema. As  Media Editor of Little India magazine since 1994, I wrote a series of columns, essays, and editorials on issues ranging from politics, culture, media to diasporic identities. My book, co-authored with Meta Mazaj (UPenn) has been published: World Cinema: A Critical Introduction, Routledge, 2018. My next book demands attention at the moment:  Anthology Film and World Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2019). My writings have appeared in Senses of Cinema, Studies in European Cinema, Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, Widescreen and in an anthology on East European Cinema. I held the Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair at Arcadia University from 2005 until 2008. For over the past two decades at Arcadia, developing and growing the Communication program and the Dept. of Media and Communication occupied my energies as the Director and the Chair. Developing creative and research projects with students is on the top of my list for future endeavors in the Dept. 

At Home in the World

Home Country


Education History

Southern Illinois University 1992

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Tennessee 1984

Master of Science in Broadcasting


Author 2018

World Cinema: A Critical Introduction

Book, Routledge

Co-Authored with Meta Mazaj

Author 2019

Anthology Film and World Cinema

Book, Bloomsbury Academic

Author 2014

“Centers, Forms, and Perspectives in World Cinema.”

E-publication, Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, Vol. 2, no. 1.

Co-Authored with Meta Mazaj

Author 2012

“Cinema Beyond Borders: Slovene Films in a World Context.”

Contribution to book, A Companion to Eastern European Cinema, Ed. Aniko Imre (Blackwell)

Co-Authored with Meta Mazaj

Shekhar Deshpande 2011

Beyond Competition: Archive and Discourse--57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, May 5-10, 2011- Part I

Article, Film International

Shekhar Deshpande 2011

Beyond Competition: Archive and Discourse--57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, May 5-10, 2011- Part II

Article, Film International

Shekhar Deshpande 2010

Anthology Film: The Future is Now: Film Producer as Creative Director.”

Article, Widescreen, v. 2, no. 2.

Shekhar Deshpande 2010

“The Afterlife of War: The 15th Sarajevo Film Festival.”

Article, Senses of Cinema, #53.

Shekhar Deshpande 2010

“Anthology Films in European Cinema: New Frontiers of Collective Identities.”

Article, Studies in European Cinema, v 7, no. 1, 77-88.

Shekhar Deshpande 2004

“Whose Identity is it Anyway?”

Article, Seminar, 538.

Chair, Media & Communication 2013

Nollywood and World Cinema

E-publication, Nollywood Website-- a Dept. Project

Chair, Media & Communication 2007

Visual Culture in India

E-publication, Visual Cultures Website- A Univ. Project

Speaker 2021

Windows and Cinema

Other, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, 2021

Author 2021

The Ontology of Windows and Cinema in the Pandemic: e-flux and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen’s Film Series 2020

Article, Senses of Cinema

Author 2021

The Realm of the Sensible and the Short Film: The 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Article, Senses of Cinema