Swagato Chakravorty

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Third Year Student

Education History

B.A. Coe College, 2009
M.A. University of Chicago, 2011

Research Interests

Aesthetics and the philosophy of art (particularly modern and contemporary art); canons, archives, and institutions; histories of film theory; early cinema and projection practices (especially in South Asia); modernism, modernity, and the moving image; visuality and the image; contemporary media theory; space, architecture and (expanded) cinema


Peer Reviewed

“Real Bodies in (Un)real Spaces: Space, Movement, and the Installation Sensibility in Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross (2011),” Acta Universitatis Sapientiae: Film and Media Studies 11 (2015) (forthcoming).


“Carnal Tension, Superficial Logic: The Feminine Body and its Surface in Lucy and Under the Skin,” In Media Res: A MediaCommons Project (January 2015). [Media Commons]

Review of Giuliana Bruno, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Art Journal 74:2 (Summer 2015).

Review of David N. Rodowick, Elegy for Theory (Harvard University Press, 2014), Film Quarterly 67:3 (Spring 2014).


Swagato Chakravorty is a Ph.D. student in History of Art and Film and Media Studies (combined) at Yale University. He works at the interstices of screen practices, screen architectures, and embodied spectatorial experience. Prior to Yale, his undergraduate work explored the fabrication of space and affect in Wong Kar-wai’s films. Subsequently at the University of Chicago, he earned an interdisciplinary M.A. studying chiefly under Jennifer Wild and Tom Gunning. He hopes to pursue a dissertation focusing on architectures of projection beyond a certain notion of the cinematic dispositif

He has benefited from the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, winning two fellowships recently: one for interdisciplinary work in the Digital Humanities at Yale (declined), and another that currently enables him to spend 2015–16 as the Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

In 2015, his essay “Screen Architectures and (Expanded) Screen Practices: Space, Movement, Spectatorship” received an Honorable Mention from DOMITOR: the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema. An essay on space and spectatorship in Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross (2011) will appear soon. Book reviews in Art JournalFilm and HistoryFilm QuarterlyJournal of Visual Culture (forthcoming), and Discourse (forthcoming). He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Bengali, and has reading comprehension in French.