Shyam Benegal is widely perceived as one of the most influential filmmakers from India. Yet his four-decade long career remains relatively under-studied in contemporary film scholarship. Thus far, only two authoritative book-length studies of him – namely Sangeeta Dutta’s Shyam Benegal (BFI, 2002) and Anuradha Dingwaney Needham’s New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India: The Cultural Work of Shyam Benegal’s Films (Routledge, 2013) – have appeared. To help fill this critical lacuna, our edited volume aims to undertake a close look at the prolific oeuvre of Benegal, a trailblazing auteur who has successfully redefined the contours of non-commercial Hindi-language cinema.
Call for Proposals
President Donald Trump and his Political Discourse: Ramifications of Rhetoric via Twitter
Michele Lockhart seeks contributors for her fourth collection of essays, which analyzes a segment of language used by the 45th President of the United States, Donald John Trump.
Role Models: John Waters and His Influence(s)
Throughout his career as a queer film director, author, and showman, John Waters has both expressed devotion to those cultural figures that influenced his own work and inspired generations of artists to follow in his filthy footsteps. Film and media scholars have addressed various elements of his filmography and cultural impact—most recently Chris Holmlund’s Female Trouble: A Queer Film Classic—but few have thoroughly considered Waters in relation to the question of influence itself.
Byron Among the Poets
a symposium at All Souls College, University of Oxford
Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th January 2018
This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?
How to extend the visible and the sayable? Following up on this question, gender forum's ongoing Review section invites critical reviews (1000-1500 words) of films (from narrative feature to short films to documentaries), series, music videos, or any kind of (audio-)visual media with a strong relation to gender, feminist, and queer issues.
Films and series currently up for review (other suggestions welcome):
The Year We Thought About Love. Directed by Ellen Brodsky, Village Films, 2015.
Dalya’s Other Country. Directed by Julia Meltzer, Other Country Films, 2017.
This section of the academic journal “Sinestesieonline” is open to contributions about theatre and performing arts in all historical ages, forms and variations, in English, Italian and foreign languages.
“Il Parlaggio” is the name created by Gabriele d’Annunzio for the amphitheatre in Vittoriale – a place of empathy, a cradle of emotions, a crossroads of cultures, a connection between antiquity and contemporaneity, an emblem of the “neverending show”.
For a long time the relationship between gender and dis|ability has been viewed in a subtractive or additive fashion, often pointing to the emasculation of men or double discrimination against women. The portrayal of dis|ability annihilating gender and exacerbating systems of oppression can be found in mainstream media and disciplinary scholarship alike. While identity is commonly explored through the axes of race, class, and gender, arguments have been put forward to include the category of the body or dis|ability (Smith & Hutchison 2006, Winker & Degele 2009, Walgenbach 2007).