Refocus: The Films of Gurinder Chadha Diaspora and Cultural Negotiations

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Shilpa Bhat

Refocus: The Films of Gurinder Chadha

Diaspora and Cultural Negotiations


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Deadline for abstracts: November 30th 2017

Gurinder Chadha has produced critically acclaimed, popular films that represent Indian culture and traditions in foreign lands, portraying amalgamating forces in Eastern and Western hemispheres, and the intriguing consequences of such admixtures on the ineluctable acculturation processes in society. Her films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), and It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) have been popular for their humorous approach to various themes. Her latest feature film is the partition drama Viceroy's House (2017), which was released in March 2017 in the English language. The Hindi version will be released in August 2017. Chadha’s identity is that of a Punjabi Sikh Kenyan and her films reflect the experience of migration in a society that is inhabited by individuals who hail from sundry cultures and consequently cannot escape the hybridizing tendencies of circumstances. While her films certainly portray the coming together of diverse cultures, they also raise questions related to the dilemma and challenges encountered by characters in an interracial setting, cultural adaptation, intercultural negotiations and the emotional problems of migrants dealing with different cultural realms. Many of her films are connected and based on literary narratives.

This proposed ReFocus edited collection will consider papers on the films of Gurinder Chadha. Some of the themes that authors can think of are:

  • Gurinder’s films and Literature
  • Gurinder’s films, language/translation/dubbing
  • History and Diaspora in Gurinder’s films
  • Comparative analysis of Gurinder’s and other director’s films
    • South Asian Identity, Migration and Diaspora
    • Humor in Gurinder’s films
    • Gurinder Chadha as auteur
    • Diaspora and Postcolonialism
    • Bollywood and Gurinder’s works
    • Experimentation and Genre
    • Bollywood Music and Gurinder’s Films
    • Your suggested topic

If you have any questions regarding the topics, please feel free to discuss with the editor. The suggested themes are not exhaustive.


Proposals of approximately 200--250 words, and a 100--150 word author “bio,” are invited for the proposed project to be submitted to Edinburgh University Press as part of the Refocus Series on International Directors: series editors are Drs. Robert Singer and Gary D. Rhodes. The deadline for ab­stract submission is November 30th, 2017. Please send your proposals to Accepted contributors are expected to submit their full chap­ters of (approximately) 8,000 words including endnotes (referenced in Chicago style) by February 1, 2018.