PhD (Film Studies), University of California, Berkeley, 2009
MPhil (English), University of Delhi, 1995
Professor Kapse specializes in South Asian film theory and history, with a particular emphasis on the cultural history of modern India. Her research analyzes the body as a site of political investment in the microphysics of power in colonial India. She is currently completing a book titled Film as Body Politic that situates moving image melodrama within a wider cultural history of affect, ethics and citizenship in early cinema in India. Her coedited volume Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (Indiana UP, 2014) engages with silent cinema's multiple dispersals and messy crossings—of origins, texts, locations, and histories. The collection won the Best Edited Collection Award at SCMS 2015.
She teaches courses on film theory and history, national cinema, globalization and film genre, and I currently chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. She is a member of The Melodrama Consortium and is on the program committee for the India Kaleidoscope Festival at MOMI. For a more detailed CV and for links to her articles, click here:
Film as Body Politic: Indian Cinema, the Early Years (forthcoming).
Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space, with Jennifer Bean and Laura Horak (Indiana University Press, 2014).
Afterthoughts on the Indian Cinema Centenary