Conference/Symposium | October 6 |
12-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library
Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University; Jayson Beaster-Jones,
Associate Professor of Music in the Global Arts Studies Program, University of California, Merced; Ajay Gehlawat,
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Theatre, and Film, Sonoma State University; Ivy Mills,
Lecturer in the History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley; Rachael Hyland,
Ph.D. Student in South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Lalitha Gopalan,
Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin
This roundtable addresses the transcultural nature of Indian cinema, both past and present. Following the liberalization of India's economy in the early 1990s, histories of Indian cinema have either focused on the reception of Indian films vis-a-vis cosmopolitan constructions of South Asian diasporic subjectivities or have examined the ways in which an image of the nation has been constructed in and through Indian cinema. What is less understood and explored is the integration, consumption, and vernacularization of Indian cinema in various contexts outside India, for instance in Latin America and Africa. Cinephiles, Fandoms, and Global Media Cultures aims to highlight recent engagements with transcultural Indian cinema.
12:10-1:25 Roundtable presentations Ajay Gehlawat (Sonoma State University), "Black Voice, Brown Skin: Auto-tuning Akon for Bollywood" Jayson Beaster-Jones (UC Merced) "Have Mandolin Will Travel: Musical and Affective Themes of DDLJ" Ivy Mills (UC Berkeley) "On Ravana's Blackness: Akon's 'Chammak Challo' and Bollywood's Racial Imaginary"
1:35-3:15 Roundtable presentations continued Usha Iyer (Stanford University) "Teaching Indian Film in Trinidad: Cinema, Gender, and the Construction of Racial Identities" Rachael Hyland (UC Berkeley) "Boundaries in Flux: Race and Class in Indian Summers and A Passage to India" Discussant: Atreyee Gupta (UC Berkeley)
3:25-4:40 Keynote Lalitha Gopalan (University of Texas, Austin), "Dust to Digital: Tamil New Wave"
4:40 Concluding remarks
5:00-7:00 Opening reception of the exhibition Love Across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library
Both the roundtable and exhibition reception are free and open to the public.