South Asian Cinemas: Comparative Perspectives


Call For Papers:

Deadline 31 August, 2017

South Asia Preconference, 26 October, 2017

This preconference symposium invites abstracts of short presentations based on longer papers on the topic of comparative South Asian cinema. The idea of the panel is premised on a horizontal comparative context that is required to comprehend the unequal development of national and regional cinemas in postcolonial South Asia.

Papers covering one or more industries or filmmakers from any South Asian region are welcome.

The linguistically diverse map of South Asian cinemas today, with widely divergent positions on the scale of production, makes sense only when examined in the context of national policies and cultural politics.

Papers with emphasis on comparative/historical perspectives of filmmaking, especially between 1947 and 1971 are particularly encouraged. Drafts of papers will be pre-circulated; there will be an opportunity for peer-reviewed publication.

Please send a 300-word abstract, bibliography, and your c.v. to rbhttchr@illinois.edu.