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South Asian Women behind the Camera

November 5-6, 2018

Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

The Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies invites papers, panels, and roundtable proposals for the 2018 bi-annual international seminar to be held in Córdoba, November 5-6, on the topic: South Asian Women Behind the Camera: the Visual Arts and Technology with Gender Perspective.

The AEEII was founded in 2007 at the University of Córdoba, where we held the first of a series of bi-annual International Conferences exploring interdisciplinary aspects of India and its diaspora. Since then we have been alternating between Conferences and Seminars so that an international event is held every year.

This year, we invite papers on cultural productions made by South Asian women in the Visual Arts. Across the wildly diverse landscape of South Asian visual arts -spanning countless genres and languages- women filmmakers, composers and authors are challenging the status quo, though female representation behind the camera remains dismally low, even by the still unequal international standards.

We look forward to studies on films, documentaries, performances, plays, videoclips, artistic interventions, photography, sitcoms, etc, but also genres such as visual poetry, graphic novels and comics. Visual Art that uses technology as a means of activism is especially encouraged. Potential panel and round table themes include, but by no means are limited to:

  • How South Asian women are transforming the visual arts;
  • Multiple feminist representations of India: The battle with censorship; Fair representation in the visual art business; Challenging conservative sexual mores; Introducing experimentation in an industry dominated by men and often formulaic fare;
  • South Asian women filmmakers in arthouse, regional cinema, from within mainstream Bollywood and globally;
  • The lens and prism thorough which we look at female characters/artists/actors;
  • Commerce and patriarchy;
  • Women-centric stories;
  • Female composers and music producers;
  • Serials directed by women in digital platforms such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix;
  • Feminist campaigns in social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram;
  • Female leading roles in theatre;
  • Activism in digital platforms;
  • Artists and representations beyond the gender label: trans and hijra communities;
  • Visual art production in South Asian vernacular languages.

  • You may submit an abstract for a paper, a panel proposal including abstracts and bios for all participants, or a proposal for a roundtable to aeeiindia@gmail.com AND antonia.navarro@uco.es before October 1. Abstracts must be around 250 words in English or Spanish and they must include the full name of the speaker(s), institutional affiliation(s), full title of the proposal, a 100 word biodata, and contact details.

    In keeping with the inclusive spirit of the Association, we offer fee waivers to Indian national scholars and all students who are unemployed. For the rest of the participants, we request a 20 euro fee.

    Please keep in mind that in order to participate at this International Seminar, you must be an AEEII member. Please join us at www.aeeii.org/join_us.html once your proposal has been accepted. If you have any problem becoming a member, please contact our Treasurer at maurice.oconnor@uca.es

    A selection of contributions will be published in the Association journal, Indialogs in a special thematic issue, (more information about the publishing opportunities coming soon).

    Please, visit the AEEII Facebook page for updates. The Seminar will also include a lively social and cultural programme in the historical city of Córdoba.


    The Organizing Committee