Manju Edachira
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Manju Edachira is a Post Doctoral Fellow at HSS, IIT Delhi (from Nov 2021). She was a Kerala Chalachitra (Film) Academy Fellow (2020-21). She worked as a Guest Faculty at the Centre for English Language Studies, University of Hyderabad (2019-2021). Dr. Edachira was an Erasmus visiting-PhD fellow in the Film Studies Division at Freie University, Berlin (2016). She researched on contemporary Malayalam cinema, caste problematic and anti-caste aesthetics for her PhD in Comparative Literature at UoH (2019). She works largely on Film and Cultural studies, with a particular focus on Caste and Contemporary Indian Cinema.

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Research Areas

Film and Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Comparative Literature

Academic Background

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad (February 2020).
M.Phil., Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad (2013).
M.A., English, University of Hyderabad (2012).
B.A., English, SKVC Thrissur, University of Calicut (2010).

Employment History

Guest Faculty – Centre for English Language Studies, University of Hyderabad (2019-2021).


“Artists and Critical Presence: Beyond Dalit as a Representation” in Economic and Political Weekly Engage, Vol. 57, Issue. 9, 26 Feb 2022.

“Anti-caste Aesthetics and Dalit Interventions in Indian Cinema” in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 55, Issue. 38, Sep 19, 2020, pp. 47-53.

“Middlebrow Cinema and the Making of a Malayalee Citizen Spectator” in Malayalam Research Journal, Vol. 13 Issue 2 May-August 2020, pp. 4855-4875.

“Cinematic Erasures: Configuring Archives of/in Malayalam Cinema” in Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation, Vol. 2: 1, Special Issue, January 2017, pp. 29-40.

“Cinema within Cinema: Tracing the Trajectory” in Diotima’s: A Journal of New Readings. Vol. 7, Issue on Visual Culture and the Humanities, December 2016, pp. 80-94.

“Defining the Cultural Boundaries: Representation of Tamil Identity in Malayalam Cinema” in Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Diasporic Images and Re-presentations in Literature and Cinema. Eds. Nilufer E. Bharucha, Sridhar Rajeswaran and Klaus Stierstorfer. (Mumbai: Nav Vishnu Publications, 2018), pp. 314-329.

“Magizhchi! The Casteless Collective and the Sensorial Excription” co-authoring with Dickens Leonard, for the book Caste in Cinema (Routledge), edited by Judith Misrahi-Barak and Joshil Abraham, 2022.

“A Lost Past? The Production of Affective Archives in Malayalam Cinema” Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, 13(2) 2022, pp 1-28.


“Affective Archives: The Production of Resistant Epistemologies through Intermedia,” at a National conference on “Histories of Media and Performances: The Political, The Cultural and The Deep Pasts” organized by S. N. School of Arts and Communications, University of Hyderabad, from 14-15 March 2019.

“Cinematic Erasures: Malayalam Cinema and its Discontents” at the Fourteenth Annual South Asia Graduate Student International Conference on “Materials in Focus: Working Across Media and Methods in South Asia,” organized by the University of Chicago, the USA, from 23-24 February 2017.

“Cinematic Archives and Erasures: Malayalam Cinema and its Discontents” at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, on 9th November 2016.

“Cinema within cinema: Self-Reflective/Self-Erasing Nature of Malayalam Cinema in the 21st Century” in the “Humboldt India Project Workshop”, organized by the Department of South Asian Studies, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, on 20th May 2016.

“The Language of Bharanipaatu: Devotion/Resistance?" in an International seminar on "Comparative Literature: Questions of Language and Minority” organized by the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, from 12-14 Oct 2015.

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Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Fellowship (October 2020 – July 2021) for the project “Cinema with Cinema in Malayalam: An Archival Pursuit”

Erasmus Plus Fellow (April-December, 2016) at the Film Studies Division, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Freie University, Berlin, Germany.

UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF & NET in English), 2012