CFP: [Ethnic] States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in Film, Fiction and Media of South Asia,

full name / name of organization: 
Alka Kurian


States of Violence:
Representations of Conflict in Film, Fiction, and Media
 of South Asia

A Conference hosted by:
The Clowes Centre for Conflict and Dialogue
Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID)
University of Washington, Seattle
February 20 â€" 21, 2009

Deadline for abstracts:
October 30, 2008

As a geopolitical entity, South Asia has had a long history of violence:
anti-colonialist movements, post-colonial secessionist uprisings,
religious fundamentalism, gender conflicts, caste wars, ‘racial’ strife,
ethnic struggles, regional conflicts, and terrorism. The conference aims
at looking at representations of these in the media, literature, and
cinemas in the region’s historical, political, social, economic, and
globalized and diasporic contexts. The conference will evaluate these
topics in the contexts of gender, class, race, ethnicity, ideology, and

To this end, we solicit papers that speak, but are not limited, to the
following themes:

1. Cinema as a counter narrative to neo-liberal narrative
2. South Asian digital media and democratizing of representation
3. Gender, nation, violence and the media
4. State-sponsored media and ‘nation’ formation
5. Oppositional cinema as a tool for resistance and social
6. Mumbai terror films / India’s new middle cinema
7. New ‘third cinema’ in South Asia
8. Mainstream Bollywood and representation of political violence
9. Decolonization, nationalisms, linguistic and/ or religious
differences: Re-Thinking Post-colonial literary representations of
violence and domestic conflict
10. Caste, class, and prejudice: ideological and physical violence in
South Asian fictions
11. State torture and representation in fiction
12. Internal and external civil strife: negotiating articulations of
gender and sexuality in the literatures of South Asia
13. Divisions of territory and the self: representations of partition
in South Asian fiction and film
14. Violence at ‘home: re-thinking belonging and strife in cultural
texts of the South Asian diaspora
15. Race and space: literary configurations of identity and conflicts
in place.
16. Terrorism and suicide bombings: representations of violence and
self-sacrifice in south Asian film, fiction and media.
17. Replacing the “Hindi” in “Indian (film):" Kollywood's growing
international presence and its conflicting articulation of Indian
national identity
18. Navigating the Palk straight: Kollywood, the Tamil diaspora and
the sexual politics of dispossession.

Please send abstracts (250 â€" 300 words) and a brief biographical note (2-
3 sentences) to Amy Peloff, Assistant Director, Comparative History of
Ideas at the following address:

Accepted proposals will be announced in about 30 days. The conference
committee will organize the abstracts in panels of three papers each.
Participants will be allowed to speak for a maximum of 20 minutes each.
This will be followed by an hour-long joint panel discussion. For more
information on the Comparative History of Ideas Program at the University
of Washington and/ or The James Clowes Center for Conflict and Dialogue,
please see:

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