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Panel title: "Caste in Nepal and the Nepalese Diaspora"
This panel seeks to explore the status of caste in Nepal, the world's only Hindu kingdom until recently, as well as the largely unexplored area of caste in the Nepalese/South Asian diaspora. Nepal has witnessed massive political changes in the past decades, including an armed communist insurgency that capitalized on the issues of caste/ethnic rights. Many marginalized groups have been raising their voices for indentity and better access to the state. This must have influenced, and been influenced by, overseas Nepalis in many ways. Further examination of caste in Nepal, and transnationally, may be useful to better understand South Asian lives in a globalized world.
Inidividuals interested in submitting an abstract to participate on this panel must directly contact the organizer, Mitra Pariyar (firstname.lastname@example.org). Abstract submissions are due by March 25, 2014. Mitra Pariyar is completing his PhD on Nepalese Gurkha immigrants in the UK at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Panel title: "Improvising Bollywood Masala: Genre in Bollywood Cinema"
In her account of Bollywood cinema, film theorist Lalitha Gopalan argues that the Bollywood film has defied considerations of genre because it is characterized by “masala”. In other words, Bollywood films are an amalgam of genres cannot be placed into any single genre because they include a variety of genres such as action, romance, melodrama and comedy within their narratives.
Building on Gopalan’s theorization of Bollywood films, this panel seeks to theorize new conceptual frameworks and expand on existing ones for understanding genre in Bollywood cinema. The term improvisation in the title refers not only to the artistic improvisations within Bollywood films, in terms of plot, music, acting and the craft of cinema, but also to improvisations in theoretical frameworks for analyzing genre in Bollywood cinema. Thus, this panel focuses on cinema not only as a cine-aesthetic experience, but also as a material product with wide ranging socio-political influence.
Questions engaged with could include: How has the liberalization of the Indian economy changed the nature and scope Bollywood films? How has regional and art cinema impacted the kind of films produced Bollywood? Has the adoption of cinematic techniques from B grade cinema in A grade cinema created new genres within Bollywood films? This panel seeks papers that consider these and other questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, namely anthropology, sociology, literature, visual studies, art history and economics.
Queries and abstracts can be emailed by March 25, 2014 to:
Krupa Shandilya (Amherst College, Women’s and Gender Studies) email@example.com