CFP: CINEMA SOUTH ASIA (11/30; U Penn, 2/1/08-2/2/08)
For scholars and cinephiles of world cinema, it has long been clear that there is only one national film industry that has, in the last fifty years or so, rivaled US cinema for quantity, quality, diversity, and near-global reach. Indian cinema—not only those films produced in Mumbai (and now marketed as “Bollywood” movies), but those produced in the many other regional languages (primarily Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, but also Gujarati, Bhojpuri), have achieved mass circulation in India and overseas for decades now, and in the last ten years these overseas markets have begun to play an even larger role in the economics of production. Today, for instance, a “big” Bollywood film might open on the same date in Mumbai, New Jersey, London, Dubai, and Singapore. The art cinema tradition in India has produced directors like Satyajit Ray and Adoor Gopalakrishnan whose films are now part of the canon of world cinema.
Following the first “Cinema South Asia” conference held on March 17 and 18, 2006, the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania plans a conference for February 1 and 2, 2008. We expect to have 5 panels of 3 speakers. The Penn South Asia Center is glad to enable this second conference by offering 15 panelists board and lodging. Please send your 150-200 word abstract by November 30, 2007 to Sheetal Majithia (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading CINEMA SOUTH ASIA 2008 ABSTRACT. Panelists will be notified by December 7, 2007.
Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following:
South Asian cinema and social practice
South Asian cinema and mediation
Cinematic Time/ Space in South Asian Cinema
South Asian Cinema and affect
South Asian cinema and pedagogy
South Asian cinema and philosophy
South Asian cinema and other Asian cinema
South Asian cinema in a global frame
South Asian horror, documentary, adaptation
South Asian cinema as visual culture
Please see the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center website for updated information.
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