Women and Indian Shakespeares

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Queen's University, Belfast


Women and Indian Shakespeares: Exploring cinema, translation, performance

30 October – 1 November 2019

Queen’s University, Belfast, UK


Indian Shakespeares is an established field of study, but no international conference has yet centralised the issue of the female in Indian Shakespeares. Recent feminist works include the retelling of King Lear in Sangeeta Datta’s film Life Goes On (2010) or in Preti Taneja’s novel We That Are Young (2017), Romeo and Juliet in Arshinagar (dir. Aparna Sen) or Bornila Chatterjee’s 2016 film adaptation of Titus Andronicus, The Hungry. Indeed, it has been argued that the women in Vishal Bhardwaj’s celebrated hero-centric film trilogy possess transformative agency. Such works have continued to reshape the debate surrounding the role of women.

This conference thus emerges in the context of these retellings and recent historical events in India and worldwide. It aims to explore uncharted territory, bringing together
researchers and practitioners to establish the state of current scholarship in this vibrant, underexamined field.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, panels, workshops and creative approaches on any aspect of Women and Indian Shakespeares. Alternative presentations are also equally welcome, such as film shorts, film scripts, etc.

Contributions are invited on any of the following aspects of the topic:

* Depictions of women in Indian Shakespeares on screen or on stage
* Indian female practitioners of Shakespeare
* Female Indian diasporic practitioners of Shakespeare
* Examinations of cross-dressed women
* Examinations of cross-gendered casting
* Transgender women in Indian Shakespeares
* LGBTQ Indian Shakespeares
* Feminist theory and intersectionality in relation to Indian Shakespeares
* Issues of caste in relation to women and Indian Shakespeares
* Regional perspectives and representations of women
* Challenges of researching Women and Indian Shakespeares

200-300 word abstracts for works to be presented at the conference should be sent by 1 April 2019.

Together with the abstract, participants are invited to send a brief (up to 100 words) bio stating their affiliation, research interests and relevant academic output.

Decisions will be made by 1 June 2019. If accepted, abstracts will be circulated among conference participants in advance of the event. Auditors are also welcome to attend, but priority will be given to those presenting.

Confirmed speakers include:

Prof. Paromita Chakravarti (Jadavpur University)

Ms. Bornila Chatterjee (filmmaker, The Hungry)

Ms. Sangeeta Datta (filmmaker, Life Goes On)

Ms. Annette Leday (actor and director, Kathakali-King Lear)

Dr. Sreedevi Nair (NSS College for Women)

Prof. Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University)

Dr. Poonam Trivedi (formerly Delhi University)

Both abstracts and bios should be sent in Word or PDF format to the following address: indianshakespeares@gmail.com

A limited number of bursaries are available. Pleae see details on the updated CFP on the website https://go.qub.ac.uk/womenandindianshakespeares 

Organising Committee (Queen’s University, Belfast):

Dr. Thea Buckley, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow (co-chair)
Dr. Rosa García Periago, Marie Curie Research Fellow (co-chair)
Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett (consultant)

W: http://go.qub.ac.uk/womenandindianshakespeares E: indianshakespeares@gmail.com T: @IndianShakes

CFP link: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ael/Discover/Conferences/WomenandIndianSha...