Alan O'Leary (University of Leeds)

I am visiting the University of Mumbai in July and August 2013 to teach a course entitled 'Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories', which continues a course I taught, also in Mumbai, in summer 2011. This blog is intended as a record of my preparation and experience of the course, and I hope the material here will be useful for students and others. 'Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories' is the name of a long term project I am developing with the support of the University of Leeds.

My very sincere thanks are due to my hosts at Mumbai: Dr. Vidya Vencatesan and Dr. Roberto Bertilaccio of the Dept. of French, and Dr. Shobha Ghosh of the Department of English. I also owe thanks to the Department of Civics and Politics for allowing the use of their wonderful lecture hall. Finally, I acknowledge with gratitude the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre in New Delhi and its director Dottoressa Angela Trezza, as well as the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai for making my visit possible.

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Dept of French at Mumbai University


Last days in Mumbai and an academic tour

My course at the University of Mumbai is now finished and I’m back in Leeds where term starts next week. My last seminar at Mumbai was on 26 August, and my hosts Vidya Vencatasan and Roberto Bertilaccio kindly organised high tea with the students in one of the campus canteens, as well as a wonderful meal  with colleagues at a Bengali restaurant in South Mumbai. I also had the opportunity to give workshops or talks at other universities and venues in Mumbai, Gujurat and Delhi: the Directing Department at Whistling Woods International, Film City, Mumbai; the Department of English at Kachchh University in Bhuj; the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, Saurashtra University, Rajkot; the School of Liberal studies at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum UniversityGandhinagarCity Pulse Institute of Film & TelevisionGandhinagarthe School of Translation Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi; EUNIC lecture series, The India International Centre, Delhi. The students and faculty at all the talks were incredibly appreciative and gracious and I had a tremendous time, and thanks to all (including members of the public) who attended the talks. My gratitude is due to all my hosts for their hospitality, especially to Drs Sridhar Rajeswaran and Nilufer Barucha for organising the Gujurat tour. I post some souvenir photos above and in the next post as a way of saying thanks to all.

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