Roos Gerritsen is an anthropologist whose research focuses on popular visual culture in South India. Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of vernacular image productions, the fringes of cinema and notions of street culture, publics, and public space.
She obtained her MA degree in Anthropology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her MA research provided insight into notions of romance and memory through a study of wedding videos and photo albums in Tamil Nadu.
Since 2006, Roos is working on a PhD project on Tamil film fan clubs and their production, dissemination, and consumption of imagery of their movie hero. Her research looks into the role of this imagery employed by fans but also by other urban poor in the production of visibility and the formation of publics.
Essay by Roos Gerritson in Tasveer Ghar:
Chennai Beautiful: Shifting Urban Landscapes and the Politics of Spectacle