Call for Papers: CPRACSIS International Conference on Cinema Cultures in South India

21 May 2012
Call for Papers: CPRACSIS International Conference on Cinema Cultures in South India
Deadline: 15 June 2012

South-Indian cinema, from its inception, has exhibited unique yet subtle moves in technology, production, distribution, consumption, spectatorship, aesthetics, and representation. In a span of more than hundred years, South-Indian cinema has exceptionally formulated its own niche within the larger contours of World cinema and the Indian film industry and has evolved as a significant cultural expression which deserves meticulous critical attention. Any contemporary approach to South-Indian cinema includes the enormous systems of stardom, fan-dom, image-nation, spectacle-spectator, economy of film production, technology, cultural politics of film production and viewership. On these grounds, C PRACSIS proposes to organise this year's international conference on South Indian cinema on 13 & 14 October, 2012 at the Centre for Media Studies, College Road, Thrissur, Kerala, India. This conference approaches South-Indian cinema in its manifold aspects and attempts to generate meaningful deliberations on various topics associated to it by elaborating on the following issues:
  • Formative years: Silent movies/black and white/sangeetha natakam (musical theatre), sabha natakam (Professional theatre) and the emergence of film/evolution of film spectatorship/influence of Hindi and Tamil movies/ Madras based film industry.
  • Regional Cinemas: Emergence of regional film industries in India apropos of Bombay based film industry/ Cinema as popular expression in South India/ cinema and the formation of subnational identities/ subsidies and financial support by state governments.
  • Technology: Sound track, color, 3D, Editing, dubbing, graphics, special effects, digital film, multiplex, film projection.
  • Regions in Cinema: Dreamscapes: West, Middle East and other Indian cities/ nation/ Urban/ruralscapes/ City space/ tourist spaces/ etc.
  • Women and Representation: Women's body/Stardom and Woman body/Gaze and Bodily features, Character types.
  • Cinema and Sexuality: Repression/Queer/Transgendered/ Masculine/ feminine/bi-sexual/cross-dressing
  • Comedy: Alternative masculinities and femininities/Countercultures and slang/Mimicry.
  • Stardom: Emergence of stardom/dominant masculinities/heroines and stardom/the dying subject of stardom/physio-dynamics of stardom, the Macho
  • Class and 'Caste'ing in Cinema: Religion, Caste /socio-political issues/privileged selves and others.
  • Film and Family: Social evolution of Nuclear Family and Spectatorship/Kids/Crisis in Cinema Family/Mythologizing the family/Woman's entry into Cinema
  • Film Genres: Soft P0rn/Art-house/Commercial/Documentary/Political Cinema/Campus/ Children's Film
  • Music: Songs and Song sequences, lyrics, background score
  • Writings on Cinema: Popular/Academic
  • Cinema in Television and Internet
  • Film Societies and Festivals
  • Film Promotions: Notices/Trailer/Poster/Promotional Events/Advertisements/TV Promo
  • Film as Industry: Banking, Distribution, Infrastructure, Technicians, Extra Artists, Stunt Artists, Trainers
  • Film Censorship
  • Movie Theatres: Technology/architecture/crisis in viewership
  • Adaptation: Literature/Remaking/Dubbing/Sub-titles

Papers and panel proposals are invited from academics, researchers and professionals to present in the conference. Abstracts of the papers (not exceeding 250 words), along with a brief narrative bio (not exceeding 50 words), are to be sent to "" and to "" on or before June 15, 2012. Panel proposals should include details of its members.

Abstracts should be submitted with the following information and in this order: a) author(s); b) affiliation; c) email address; d) telephone numbers; e) title of abstract; f) body of abstract; g) key words. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12; single spaced) for the submission of abstracts and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting. Only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation in the conference sessions, and at least one author for each paper must be at the conference in order to present the paper. All proposals are subject to a peer review process. Selected conference-papers will be published in the forthcoming volume of the CPRACSIS Reader.

The receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged immediately and the selected paper-presenters will be notified by June 20, 2012. The conference registration fee must be remitted on or before July 30, 2012 (academics & professionals Rs.1600/US$ 40; research students from India Rs.1100). Further details will be updated at The last date for the submission of final papers will be October 01, 2012.

The Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia [C PRACSIS /si:praksiz/] is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and innovations in visual media, culture and performance, located in India, and supported by an international academic community.


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