Bindu Menon Mannil

Areas of Interest & Expertise

History of Media, Cultural Theory, Religion and Media, Gulf Studies, Media and Mobility, Sound Culture Studies, Gender Studies


Bindu is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

She teaches Media and Communication at the School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining Azim Premji University, she was Assistant professor of Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University since 2005. She holds a PhD in Cinema and Cultural Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her teaching interests include Media Theory, Film and Cultural Studies, Cultures of Journalism, Gender and Sexuality and Digital Humanities

Her scholarship and research lie at the intersection of Cinema and Cultural Studies, Cultural History and Cultural anthropology. Broadly, her work is thematically located in a history of the early 20th century and cinema publics in South India, audio histories, histories of media and migration and Oceanic Humanities. Her essays in these areas have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Biography, Migration, Mobility& Displacement, Bioscope, Journal of Culture &Communication, Seminar-India and edited volumes. Her co-authored monograph on Home Cinema movement in Malabar is under review with a University Press and she is currently working on her manuscript titled Assembling Cinema in the Princely State: Senses, Publics and History 1900 – 1950.

She was a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies (University of Leiden, Netherlands), Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla) and Harold Coward India research Fellowship at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She was supported in her research projects by Fulbright research scholarship at Pennsylvania State University (2003), Charles Wallace Archival Grant (2007) Sarai Fellowship (2005), Spear Grant for Archival research (2010) and UGC Junior Research Fellowship. She is an Editorial board member for the Journal South Asian and Film Media (Intellect Journals) and the advisory board of Cinema and Media cultures in the Middle East Series, Peter Lang Publishing.


  • Film Studies: An Introduction (Co edited), Worldview Publications, New Delhi. 2020
  • Media Free Zones: Precarious Labour and Migrant Vernaculars in Emirati Cities”. IIAS Newsletter No.79. 2018, Page11.
  • Affective Returns: Biopics as Life Narratives”, Biography Vol 40.No.1, Winter 2017. 116 – 139. ISSN: 0162 – 4962.
  • One More Dirham”: Religion, Migration and modernity in the Islamic Home films of South India, Migration, Mobility and Displacement, Vol 2. No. (2), 2016. Fall. 4 – 23.( 7.5) ISSN 2369 – 288X (ONLINE)
  • The Blazon call of Hip Hop: Lyrical storms in Kerala’s Musical Cultures, Journal of Creative Communication, 2013 8 231 – 250, Sage Publications. eISSN: 09732594 | ISSN09732586