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Rachel Ball

ph.d. candidate

Rachel Ball

Email: ballra@bc.edu

Office: Stokes Hall, Office S365

Faculty Advisor: Prasannan Parthasarathi

Dissertation Title: "Film and the Shaping of Marathi Regionalism, 1932-1960"

 

Education:

BA, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

MA, Boston College (Boston, MA)


Fellowships:

  • Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy Graduate Fellow, 2013-2014
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Summer Language Grant, to study Marathi in Pune, India, Summer 2013
  • BC Dissertation Writing Grant 2012-2013
  • Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Summer Research Stipend, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College, 2010 and 2012
  • Boston College Graduate History Department Summer Fellowship, 2010
  • American Institute for Indian Studies Language Fellow 2009-2010
  • University Fellowship, Boston College 2006-2011


Conferences:

March 2014
“A Family Affair: Imagining Audiences for Tamasha Films in 1950s Marathi Cinema,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

December 2013
“Dharmatma: Marketing Progressive Ideals through Bhakti Saints in 1930s Marathi Cinema,” The Long 1930s in South Asia: Appropriations and Afterlives Conference, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands

October 2013
“Dancers and Doctors: Actresses of the Marathi Film Industry in the late 1950s,” Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin

August 2013
“The Power of Sound: Language and Politics in Early Marathi Cinema,” invited lecture at SIES College of Arts, Science & Commerce, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India

March 2013
"Representing Shivaji: Caste, Religion and Controversy over Marathi Films in the 1930s," Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California

October 2012
“From the Streets to the Screen: Tamasha and Social Reform in Marathi Cinema,” Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin

March 2012
“Films in the Archive: The Swarajya Seemevar Controversy of 1937,” South and Central Asia Fulbright Conference, Cochin, India

February 2012
“Acharya Atre’s Shyamchi Aai: Motherhood, Nationalism and Regionalism in a Marathi Film,” An International Conference on A ‘Definitive Decade’: India in the 1950s, National Archives of India, New Delhi, India

April 2011
“Visions of the Past: Reflections on Marathi Films in Independent India, 1947-1980,” New England Historical Association Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts
 
February 2011
“Through the Camera Lens: Exploring Marathi Identity through Film,” Texas Asia Conference, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

October 2008
“Bombay Divided: New Perspectives on Partition and Urban Change,” Texas Asia Conference, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
 
March 2007
“Ladies in Red: Women, Communism and Labor Unions in Early Twentieth Century Bombay,” Eighth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 
February 2007
“Cyclical Memory: The Shaping of Memory and Identity through the ‘Saffronization’ of Textbooks in India,” Transgressing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, 19th Annual Stony Brook University Graduate English Conference, New York City, New York