Cinephiles, Fandoms, and Global Media Cultures: Indian Cinema from a Transcultural Perspective

Conference/Symposium | October 6 | 12-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library

 ​Usha Iyer, 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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group

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.

This event will be held in conjunction with the opening reception of the exhibition Love Across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library (curated by Ivy Mills, Sugata Ray, Liladhar Pendse, and Adnan Malik). The exhibition highlights the interconnected nature of Senegalese Indian cinema fan culture and the Indian films that inspire it.


12:00 Welcome remarks

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"

1:25-1:35 Break

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)

3:15-3:25 Break

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
Sugata Ray (UC Berkeley), "Fields of Desire: Afro-Asian Networks and the Making of an Indian Ocean Art History"
Ivy Mills (UC Berkeley), "Indo-Senegalese Cultural Formations: Curating Love across the Global South"
Liladhar Pendse (UC Berkeley Library), "Movies from the Muhallā: Imagining the Global South through Bollywood"
Acapella Performance by Berkeley's Dil Se

Both the roundtable and exhibition reception are free and open to the public.

Organizers: Rachael Hyland and Shivani Sud.

Event made possible with the support of the Townsend Center of Humanities, the Institute of South Asia Studies, the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, the History of Art Department, the South and Southeast Asian Studies Department, and the Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group.

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