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MPhil Programme

MPhil Programme

M.Phil-PhD Programmes

The School offers M.Phil.programmes in three disciplines – Visual Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies and Cinema Studies. Candidates seeking admission to any of the M Phil courses are expected to have a broad knowledge of the history, practice and theories of their respective disciplines. Selected candidates in each stream will spend the first two semesters in coursework including two compulsory courses (i) Research Methodology and (ii) Dissertation Seminar as well as two optional courses. Each course carries four credits; a total of 16 credits are earned through the coursework. After successful completion of the coursework, students will devote two semesters to writing a dissertation, which carries a further 12 credits. Students who earn the required grade point average (CGPA) in the M Phil are automatically enrolled in the PhD programme.

 

M.Phil Course Structure:

Details of the courses taught in the first two semesters of the three M Phil programmes are given below. In the third and fourth semesters of the M Phil, students research and write their M Phil dissertations.

 

M.Phil in Cinema Studies

SEMESTER I

1. SAA-661    Cinema Studies: Historiography, Theory, Research Methods & Language (Compulsory Course)

2. Optional     Students may choose from the Optional Courses on offer

SEMESTER II

1. SAA-662     Dissertation Seminar: Cinema Studies (Compulsory Course)

2. Optional      Students may choose from the Optional Courses on offer

Optional Courses:

Given below is a list of optional courses designed for the Cinema Studies M Phil programme, which are taught by rotation. From time to time, additional courses may be offered by visiting faculty.

SAA-666         Critical Theory to Cultural Studies

SAA-667         Melodrama and Popular Culture

SAA-668         Cinema and the City

SAA-676         Documentary & Non Fiction Cinema

SAA-681         Cinema and Transnationalism

SAA-682         Advanced Research Seminar in Film and Media Cultures

 

M.Phil in Theatre and Performance Studies

SEMESTER I

1.  SAA-631   Research Methodology: Texts, theories, Interpretations and Contexts (Compulsory Course)

2. Optional     Students may choose from the Optional Courses on offer

SEMESTER II

1. SAA-632     Dissertation Seminar: Theatre and Performance Studies (Compulsory Course)

2. Optional     Students may choose from the Optional Courses on offer

Optional Courses:

Given below is a list of optional courses designed for the M Phil programme, which are taught by rotation. From time to time, additional courses may be offered by visiting faculty.
SAA-634         Movements and Concepts in Performance

SAA 633         Rites, Rituals and Festivals: Cultural Enactments and their Transformations

SAA 640         Elements of Ethnomusicology

SAa 641         Dance as Non-Verbal Communication

SAA-644         Gender, Sexual Politics and Feminist Perspective

SAA-649         Documenting Traditional and Marginalized Performance      

 SAA-650        Reading, Writing and Critiquing Performance: Methods of Historiographical Enquiry   

   

M.Phil in Visual Studies

SEMESTER I

1. SAA-601    Research Methodology:  Approaches, Concepts and Methods of Visual Studies (Compulsory Course)

2.  Optional    Students may choose from the Optional Courses on offer

SEMESTER II

1. SAA-619    Dissertation Seminar: Visual Studies (Compulsory Course)

2. Optional      Students may choose from the Optional Courses on offer

Optional Courses:

Given below is a list of optional courses designed for the M Phil programme, which are taught by rotation. From time to time, additional courses may be offered by visiting faculty.

SAA-603         Transfiguration of the Indian Sacred Image
SAA-606         Alternative Trajectories of Modernism
SAA-608         “Origin” and Development of Iconography in Early India
SAA-609         Meaning in the Temple Form
SAA-616         Rethinking Representation: Caste, Class, Gender and Race in Art
SAA-618         Regional Study of Art History Seminar Course

 

Admission

Admission to the MPhil. programme is through a separate entrance examination for each stream (i) Visual Studies, (ii) Cinema Studies, and (iii) Theatre and Performance Studies followed by a viva voce. Only those candidates will be eligible to apply who have a Masters degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks. For details of the entrance examination and admission process, please check https://admissions.jnu.ac.in/

Entrance Exam papers from previous years are available at https://admissions.jnu.ac.in/searchquestionpaper.aspx

Foreign Students may also apply for the programme through the procedure detailed at https://admissions.jnu.ac.in/prospectus/jnuee/Admission%20Procedure%20for%20Foreign%20Students.pdf

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.