CFP: [Film] Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies

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Neepa Majumdar
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies

We are happy to announce a new, blind peer-reviewed journal, Bio-Scope:
South Asian Screen Studies, to be published by Sage biannually, starting
Summer 2009. The backdrop to this initiative lies in the significant
emergence of research, teaching and publication on Indian/South Asian film
and media over the past decade and a half. The launch editors see the
journal flowing directly from this emerging community
of scholarship, primarily centred in the areas of film studies and media
anthropology, but developing in dynamic connection with a wider area of
visual and sound cultures.

It is to signal both historical perspective and a certain vision for the
future of the field that we have chosen the title Bio-Scope. An early and
popular form of film projector, 'bioscope' continued to be used to refer
to the cinema throughout 20th century South Asia. By pointing to the
word’s component parts we highlight the expanding spectrum of forms
involved in thinking about the relationship of life to visual and sound
technologies. From the orbit of film and media forms, including film,
television and video, we invite research into a wide historical and
contemporary canvas, from pre-cinematic forms of assembly through to
contemporary computer practices, game cultures, multimedia telephony,
ambient television, surveillance cameras, the wide range of materials
assembled on the Internet, and the emerging field of screen-based art

The journal will encourage theoretical and empirical research and debate
on screen practices as these impinge on the subcontinent and the
transnational networks of production and circulation of which they form
part. Special attention will be given to archival material, including
thematic focuses around institutional history (government and industry
reports), regulation, legal contexts and the collation and translation of
critical and popular writings on screen cultures. Our interest extends to
the rich intersection of South Asian screen practices with related media
forms, for example, musical recording and performance, popular print
culture and stage set design, architectural space, fashion, and the
history of publicity, advertising and consumer cultures.


The Editors of Bio-Scope are now inviting the following kinds of

• Research papers and innovative visual essays (6000-8000 words)

• Shorter papers engaging new debates (circa 4000 words)

• Reflective review essays evaluating publications, cultural events, non-
fiction, short and experimental films, screen-based art installations, key
developments, exhibitions, conferences and festivals. Contributors are
advised to contact the editors with proposals for essays in advance of
writing/submission in order to avoid duplication.

• Archival material and thematic suggestions in this area.

Papers and proposals should be sent to:
The Editors, Bio-Scope, by email at
All submissions should use the MLA referencing system

BIO-SCOPE: South Asian Screen Studies

Editorial Board
Managing Editor
Ravi Vasudevan, Centre for the Study of Developing Studies/Sarai, Delhi
Moinak Biswas, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Neepa Majumdar, University of Pittsburgh
Rosie Thomas, University of Westminster, London

Editorial Advisors
Richard Allen, New York University

Corey Creekmur, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Christine Gledhill, University of Sunderland

Lalitha Gopalan, University of Texas, Austin

David Desser, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Laleen Jayamanne, University of Sydney

Jyotindra Jain, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Gina Marchetti, Hongkong University

Madhava Prasad, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

Arvind Rajagopal, New York University

Robert Stam, New York University

Ravi Sundaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies/Sarai, Delhi

Contributing Editors

Pakistan: Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University, Ithaca

USA: Nitin Govil, University of San Diego

Europe: Stephen P. Hughes, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

USA: Priya Jaikumar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

India: Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Bangladesh: Zakir Hossain Raju, Monash University, Sunway Campus,

India: SV Srinivas, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

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