Stephen earned his BA in Anthropology (Hon) and Philosophy at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, US and went on to complete an MA and PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at The University of Chicago. Over the course of the last thirty years his work has focused on Tamil speaking south India. He has worked on various research projects relating to the history and ethnography of media including Tamil cinema, film exhibition, drama, music, gramophone, radio, popular publishing, election campaigns and the emergence of satellite TV. Since joining SOAS in 1997 his teaching has focused on the Anthropology of Media, ethnographic and documentary film, social theory and South Asia. This year Steve is also the Chair of the Judges at the festival.
Hatty Frances Bell