International Conference on Bollywood and Its Other(s)
DCIT, University of Newcastle
In this conference we would like to trace the various “other(s)” of Bollywood, the globalized culture industry that has successfully transcended the confines of India, urging scholars to discuss its global histories. While the history of the industry before the widely debated economic liberalization was that of an ongoing confrontation with the state, it has become a part of Indian state’s cultural diplomacy after the liberalization. Our conference will challenge this normative mode, bringing out the ruptures prevalent in the mainstream history, of cinema as well as of the state.
This conference will concern itself with the possibility of writing alternative histories of the industry. Critical examination of the alternative histories of the national popular industry would help us to look critically at the alternative histories of the nation as well. The aim and objective of the conference is to re-evaluate the standard received versions of cinematic history, the developmentalist narrative situated in a linear historical time and to re-think various formations in the industry which have achieved normative status. Possible issues include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Alternative historiography;
2. History beyond the nation-state paradigm;
3. Bollywood’s representation of Indian other(s) i.e. religious and ethnic minorities, indigenous population, Kashmir and its people, people belonging to the North-Eastern Hill states;
4. Bollywood as alter(normative), sexuality, queer issues, women in Bollywood, movie vamps, item numbers, soft porn;
5. Bollywood song, dance and music.
6. Bollywood stars and their representations.
7. Bollywood’s marginal genres, the horror film, the science fiction film;
8. Bollywood vis-à-vis other industries, especially the South Indian industries and the linguistic identity politics; and
9. Alternative/arthouse/avant-garde cinema in Hindi vis-à-vis Bollywood.
Kindly send your 250 words abstract along with 100 words biographical notes to Dr Vikrant Kishore: firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr Susan Kerrigan: Susan.Kerrigan@newcastle.edu.au or Dr Amit Sarwal: email@example.com by 24th December 2013.
Convenors: Dr Vikrant Kishore, Dr. Susan Kerrigan (University of Newcastle) and Dr Amit Sarwal (Deakin University)
Coordinator: Parichay Patra (Monash University)
Date: 20-21st February 2014
Venue: ICT TV Studio, School of Design, Communication and IT,
University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW Australia 2300
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