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


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 by scholars based in the Bay Area. Speakers include: ​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, will give the keynote address.


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" in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library. The exhibition highlights the interconnected nature of Senegalese Indian cinema fan culture and the Indian films that inspire it.

Both the roundtable and exhibition reception will be free and open to the public. Program to follow.

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, and the Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group.

 

 

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