deadline for submissions: 
December 20, 2019
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Department of Media Studies, CHRIST deemed to be UNIVERSITY, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


Contemporary approaches to visual cultural practices has turned out to be a much debated, contested and conflicting terrain as their ramifications are too vivid that incorporate digressive and derivative modalities of locales, regions, spaces, sub-spaces and other niches of many micro-histories.  In this context, contemporary visual cultural studies have a whole gamut of deliberations on cultural spaces/ places/practices/expressions/extinctions/delineations, which day by day urge us to rethink a set of standard of cultural collocations. Visual cultures, therefore, are products of certain sense of legitimization and control – that is, something that is recognized through a sense of making the idea of ‘vision’ a monolithic entity.  At the same time, the deep rooted divisions – both geographically and politically constituted, have created these visual cultures a product of doubts, suspicions and something that constantly offers a critique of identities and other related discourses.  How then can one contextualize and theorize visual cultures? What can be the probable parameters by which one can look at the varied and dissipated modes of visual cultures?  Upon what grounds can one situate the aesthetics of visuality and challenge certain hegemonic notions of culture?  How does this visual culture differ from other cultural practices and relations from across of the globe?

    The proposed conference on Visual Cultures fundamentally will try to open up a set of discourses connected to levels and platforms of visuality in tandem with the recent debates of visual cultures. People increasingly confront a number of visual modes as the contemporary times try to situate a set of particular visual culture to the fore in connection with art, religion, ritual, politics, film and mass media. However, a number of other visual fields connected to ethnography, anthropology, narratives, environment, ecology, academia, technology, cyber world, music and sub-sections of the peripheral, in such a context, are definitely occluded.  It is the aim of this conference to reconfigure the textures and visualities of such cultures – in other words, those that go ‘invisible’ from the dominant representation of the visible spaces. More than creating a set of binaries to constitute one particular methodology of practices, spaces, expressions and approaches, this conference will open up its platform for the ways and methods of developing the counter-currents/discourses of the hegemonic and the privileged/authentic/legitimized. The past and present history of hermeneutics of visual cultures constitute our imagination and everyday life in ways which are neither fully neutral nor solely technical, but as suggested by Arjun Appadurai “shot through with affect and sensation”.   Affect seems to be one of the most important philosophical and theoretical dimensions of visual in life in South Asia as it is inextricably blended with ideas, desire, paradigms, expressions and systemic production of ideas. However, in close relation to this, there are problems deeply connected to interpretation as some of these issues challenge the level of perceiving the visual cultures time and again. It is immensely significant to explore the complex and conflictual terrain of visuality, vision, visual cultures and visibility in our time. The proposed conference envisages to theorize and problematize the domains of seeing, subjectivity and desire.

   As contemporary visual cultures operate across numerous levels and layers, inviting response from people from all disciplines, professions and vocations, this conference will be inclusively interdisciplinary in nature and will open space for a dialogue and wrestle with questions that cross the boundaries of the intellectual, emotional and personal.

Proposals are invited for presentations, papers, panels and performances. Some of the major suggestive areas we look forward are the following:

  • Cinema and Visual Cultures
  • History of moving images
  •  Bollywood and regional cinemas
  • Performing arts in South Asia.
  • Visualizing Border crossings, Diaspora and transnationalism
  • Urban space, Metro images, City
  •  Visual Cultures and South Asian Aborginal/native/Dalit survival-identity
  • Sexuality, Gender and body in South Asia
  • Museums and archiving
  • Media/Popular culture/mass meditational Studies and approaches
  • Visual  Cultures of Domination, Political Intervention and Military
  • Cartography, Geography and Nation/state
  •  Politics/Practice of political subjectivity
  • South Asian Expressions in the Cyber Age
  • Visuality and Jurisprudence, penal and legal systems
  • Religion/ Festivals/rituals
  • Theater, Philosophy of performance and stage
  • Dance, choreography, dance histories.
  • Village, images, narratives and visual cultures.
  • ·Abstract Submission 
  • ·Submit Abstract in 250 words, together with a brief biographical note. The abstract file should be named in the following format “Name of the author_ Abstract”. Presenters are allowed to submit more than one abstract but only one will be selected for final presentation. Abstracts with late submission/ incomplete registration form/ absence of registration form will not be accepted.. send your abstracts to http://mulvey.christuniversity.in and cprcasis@gmail.com
  • ·Full Paper Submission Guidelines 
  • ·Maximum word limit: 5000 words formatted in APA/MLA style sheet (Recent edition). Full papers that do not follow the format shall be rejected. Plagiarized and unacknowledged copyrighted information shall not be accepted. Previously published work should not be submitted. The file should be sent in the following format. “Paper Code (given by us) _Name of the Author” 
  • ·Publication 
  • ·The selected papers of the seminar will be published.
  • ·Important Dates 
  • ·Abstracts Invitation: 15 September 2019
  • ·Submission of Abstract: 20 December 2019
  • ·Confirmation of Abstract: Within 7 working days
  • ·Full Papers: 30 January 2020