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Cristina M. Gamez-Fernandez and Veena Dwivedi
The Indian diaspora is the largest within the Asian diaspora as the Indian community scattered around the world is over 25 million. Besides, the special features that distinctively shape Indian diaspora make of it an outstanding phenomenon. Its large scale brings together a kaleidoscopic community mirroring from distant places the many regions, languages, cultural heritage, religions and traditions that India comprises. The Indian population residing outside India brightly stand out for their professional success and growing social and economic impact in combination with their idiosyncratic cultural bond with India. Therefore it is not surprising to find out that Indian diaspora is regularly discussed in academic platforms, literary writings, economic forums, government organizations, film and media productions.
The purpose of the present volume is to gather together essays from as diverse backgrounds as possible (linguistics, literature, cultural studies, history, sociology, history of art, film studies, theatre studies, etc.) in order to offer an in-depth study and analysis of the diasporic practices of the Indian communities. The following themes are of interest to the volume:
- the definitional, theoretical and practical frameworks of Indian diasporic strategies.
- historical connotations of Indian diaspora as well as contemporary policy implications.
- the reflections on Indian migration and diaspora in literature and other arts.
- interaction between diasporas and ‘home’ communities.
- rubrics as the diasporic imaginary, diaspora politics, diaspora-homeland relations.
- performance and pedagogy: the Indian body in the classroom.
- youth culture/popular culture.
- theatre/performance/visual arts/sports.
- diasporic spaces/places.
- nation, nationalism, cultural policies.
- virtual communities, new media.
- translating/interpreting in the time of war and terrorism.
We seek contributions that approach Indian diaspora from different and varied perspectives. Scholars are invited to engage with this topic in a fruitful dialogue and insightful analysis. Different critical stances and approaches are welcome.
Prospective authors are invited to submit a formal abstract (300-500 words) and a short bio by 15th June 2013. After approval, full papers (3500-6000 words) must be submitted by 1st December 2013. The volume is likely to appear by mid 2014 from a refereed publishing house still to be confirmed. Abstracts and full papers should be sent as attachments as Word files (2003 or 2007 versions) following latest MLA style sheet instructions to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com