This is an invitation for a third panelist for a panel proposal for the 21st Annual South Asia Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, titled “The Genre in Perspective.” In this panel we set out to explore the notion of the genre and its utility in thinking about various aspects of knowledge-production in South Asia. Rather than approach the notion as a fixed form, we observe the genre as both the creation and the continuing existence of diverse expectations in literary, social, and historical contexts. The genre functions as the sometimes necessary and oftentimes imaginary resolution to specific socio-historical problems. Our aim in this panel is to draw upon the genre as a set of conventions employed to give shape to responses to emerging social contingencies, in order to explore aspects of various cultural processes and products--from colonial urban architecture to the colonial glossary, to name a few --and consequently to demonstrate the value of this notion by thinking about the social in its terms. We invite papers at the broadest level from within the humanities and the social sciences that explore this idea.
The deadline for proposal submissions is the 3rd of October.
Ari S Anand at firstname.lastname@example.org
Venugopal Maddipati at email@example.com
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