International Symposium on "Mapping 21st Century Indian Political Documentary Films: Discursive and Formal Trajectories"

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, India
contact email: 

International Symposium


Mapping 21st Century Indian Political Documentary Films:

Discursive and Formal Trajectories

14 to 16 February 2017


Call for Papers


Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words)     : 15 January 2017

Notification on selection of abstracts                        : 18 January 2017

Payment of registration & accommodation fee         : 28 January 2017

Deadline Submission of full papers (8000 words)     : 30 January 2017

Abstracts and queries may be sent to                         :




Theme Note

Unlike its popular fictional counterpart, non-fiction films often end up as esoteric cinematic narratives in academic and intellectual platforms.  However, as and when the actualities of realpolitik are captured, the agential potential of documentary film increases manifold, often inviting unwarranted interventions from the Establishment. The symposium will explore and assess the political, philosophical and aesthetic dimensions of Indian political documentary films released in or after the year 2000. The event is an attempt to: academically audit the 21st century Indian political documentary films; juxtapose Indian political documentary films with their international counterparts; understand the contemporary trends and trajectories of the documentary genre in the Indian context; and to document academic responses vis-à-vis Indian political documentary films of the new millennium.  Abstracts of research papers covering, but not limited to, the following sub-themes are invited.


Reimagining and Representing the Nation

Documenting Gender and Sexuality

Caste, Class & Communalism Interface

Visual Narratives on Violence and Resistance

Non-Fiction Films on Citizenship and Civil Rights

Intertwinement of Nationalism and Sedition Debate

Political Documentary Films in Indian Languages

Documentaries in Digital Age

Activism through Documentary Tradition

Identity Subcultures and Minor Traditions

Documentary Film as Historical Narrative

Documentaries on Campus Culture and Conflicts

Civilian-Police/Military Clashes

Idiom of Indian Political Documentary Films

Interrogating the Fiction-Nonfiction Binary


The top left corner of the abstract/full paper must carry the Name(s), Designation, Institutional Affiliation, Official Postal Address, Email ID and Contact Number of the author(s).  Central University of Kerala has a plan to publish select papers of the conference in the form of a book with ISBN specification in collaboration with a leading publisher. Therefore, only presenters with full paper will be considered for the symposium. Request for refund of Registration Fee and Accommodation Charge will not be entertained under any circumstances.


Registration Fee:

For faculty                                          : Rs. 1500

For students and Research Scholars   : Rs. 500

For foreign participants                      : USD 50


Accommodation Charge for four nights (13 to 16 February 2017):

Non-AC sharing (two beds)                : Rs. 2500

AC Room sharing (two beds)             : Rs. 4000

For foreign participants                      : USD 100


Registration fee and accommodation charge can be paid through fund transfer to:


Account Name                        : Documentary Symposium

Account Number                    : 0711101076135

Name of Bank                         : Canara Bank

Branch Name and Code No.   : Bank Road Main-Kasaragod

IFSC Code                              : CNRB0000711

SWIFT Code                           :CNRBINBBCCB

MICR Code                            : 671015002

Purpose of Transfer                : Registration and Accommodation Charges


Chief Patron                                                              Patron

Prof. (Dr.) G Gopa Kumar                                          Prof. (Dr.) M. Dasan

Hob’le Vice-Chancellor, CUK                                   Dean, School of L & CL, CUK



Dr. Vellikkeel Raghavan

Asst. Prof., Dept. of E & CL

Central University of Kerala


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