30 March 2007

CALL TO REGISTER - The Case of Bollywood (Visiting Scholars' Program, ANU; 24-27 July 2007)

Visual Cultures and Global Vernacularisms: The Case of Bollywood
A four-day Visiting Scholars Program, Research School of Humanities
The Australian National University, Canberra
Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 July 2007

Convened by: Debjani Ganguly, Research School of Humanities, and Rochona Majumdar, University of Chicago

The Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) will explore the impact of non-western visual genres on global popular culture through analyzing the emergence of Bollywood as a global film and culture industry since the 1980s. It will also examine new ways of theorizing the impact of vernacular/non-western visual cultures on film and material culture studies.

This four-day workshop is aimed at graduate students and early career researchers with an interest in global visual cultures with a specific focus on Asian film melodrama. But other scholars who have been exposed to this film form in the Australian public sphere and have an interest in knowing more about it are also welcome to register. A maximum of 25 scholars will be accepted. The program will include lectures, discussions and presentations, with the final day devoted to responses from participants. Several international experts and professional practitioners in the field will give special presentations. All sessions will include clips prepared specially for this workshop that will provide critical visual illustration of the analysis offered. The scholars will be provided with a packet of readings.

To register and for more information go to: http://www.anu.edu.au/culture/events/visualglobalvsp/index.php

Registration fees: Students $200, Other participants $250

Registration enquiries: karen.westmacott@anu.edu.au, T: (02) 6125 2263
Academic enquiries: debjani.ganguly@anu.edu.au, T: (02) 6125 9877