Career in Media and Cultural Studies : 8pm – 9pm (IST) Wednesday, 21st October, 2020, Live on Zoom


Discussant : Mohimarnab Biswas (Catalyst Class of 2016-17), MPhil Scholar, Cinema Studies, JNU; Masters in Media and Cultural Studies, TISS; BA Political Science, Presidency University, Kolkata

In this session, Mohimarnab will discuss his career trajectory so far, focusing on his experience at TISS, Mumbai. He will also talk about various alumni from SMCS to indicate the range of possibilities the course offers in terms of career prospects.

Mohimarnab Biswas is a research scholar, currently pursuing an MPhil in Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His work primarily deals with the politics of popular culture, with special focus on Bombay cinema. Mohimarnab completed his graduation in the discipline of Political Science from Presidency University, Kolkata. Following which, he moved to Mumbai to complete his post-graduation in Media and Cultural Studies from the School of Media and Cultural Studies (SMCS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His work includes a postgraduate dissertation titled ‘His Name is Khan: Exploring identity and image through Shah Rukh Khan’ which looked to locate Shah Rukh Khan in the continuum of the changing political economy and study how it impinges upon representation, culture, etc. He has also made a couple of documentary films titled ‘Ashiyana’ (based in Navi Mumbai, the film deals with the politics of spatial justice and issues of ‘slum’ eviction) and ‘The Dhammachakra turns’ (on the Hinduisation of Buddhist sites by the Brahmanical state). He qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) with Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Mass Communication and Journalism in June, 2019. His work will feature in a book on Historicals in Bollywood which will be published by Routledge India (Taylor and Francis Group) and is expected to be out by 2021.

Established in 2011, Catalyst is India’s leading training institute preparing students and working professionals for Bachelors and Masters courses at prominent institutions in India and abroad. 500+ students have secured admissions through the Catalyst mentorship for high in demand programs like Social Work, Public Policy, Health Studies, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Development Studies, International Relations, Media and Cultural Studies, Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Water Policy et al. State of the art pedagogy and strong alumni connect enhance capacities in the aspirants at Catalyst to develop acumen, market skills and vision required to thrive and create deep impact across the social development. Catalyst alumna like Mohimarnab are working, researching in strategic verticals of governments, public and private organisations, educational institutes, CSR, policy think tanks, civil society organisations, social enterprises and many have ventured out on their own to be social entrepreneurs.

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