[UPDATE} Indian Popular Culture October 30-November 1, 2009
The Indian Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming conference. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held Friday-Sunday, October 30-November 1, 2009 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, Michigan.
Given the publicity and critical attention that Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire received, both internationally and in India specifically, I am looking for essays that examine how Indian film and popular culture has responded to this migration, or perhaps more derisively this appropriation, of filmic style. How are we meant to untangle the thematic issues at work here? Is Slumdog Millionaire cinematically fetishizing the very idea of poverty, suggesting that Latika is only interested in the capital that Jamal has earned, or is it trying to suggest that capital is truly inconsequential to the love story? This issue of capital is vital since critics have praised Slumdog Millionaire for documenting the slums honestly, contending that Indian cinema excises or elides such inequality. However, a number of Mumbai residents have refused labeling, rejected the film, and protested its title. This contention leads to several questions... are there less heralded Indian cinema or popular culture that do examine the "slum lifestyle"? And how can we go about grouping them alongside this more popular and international product of Indian culture?
Please send proposals related to Slumdog Millionaire or any other aspect of Indian Popular Culture Studies to the area chair via email or mail. Emailed proposals should be sent to Sarah Erickson, Department of English, Northern Illinois University at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed proposals should be sent to Sarah Erickson, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.
The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2009.
More information about the conference can be found at