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  1. 1 Atticus Narain
    August 27, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Dear Vashna Jagarnath, I am currently organizing the below and John Hutnyk suggested you might be interested, I hope so…

    The Department of South Asia, School of African and Oriental Studies, is organizing an international 2 day conference on ‘Indian Cinema Circuits: the Diaspora and Beyond’, June 2nd and 3rd 2009. The conference wishes to explore Indian cinema contexts shifting focus from diasporas in the U.K and North America to Indian ‘plantation’ diasporas’- and non-Indian audiences to examine their relations to Indian cinema. The aim is to generate broader theoretical and methodological critiques vital for developing future approaches to Indian cinema. As well as exploring the various South-South circuits of exchange and influence that by pass the assumed dominance of the North.
    The conference will have 32 contributors, organized into 8 panels. The papers will be pre-circulated papers and emphasis is on discussant-led presentations with responses from contributors. The discussants will include theorists of audiences and diasporas as well as non-South Asian area specialists. We are in the process of applying for conference funds; therefore at this stage this invitation does not guarantee funding to attend the conference. However, we will be sure to inform you in the coming months of our applications developments. The funding applications require a tentative paper title, 200 word abstract, institutional affiliation and address. Given the pressures of time we gratefully appreciate speedy responses of your (non)-attendance by September 12th to meet the funding deadline. Hope you can come and hear from you soon.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Atticus Narain

    Indian Cinema Circuits: the Diaspora and beyond.

    The Indian film industry’s centrality for audiences worldwide has been confirmed and by an increasingly number edited collections and papers boasting of Bollywood’s global expanding territories. Much less analyzed within this framework are: Indian diasporas associated with 19th century plantation capital – the Caribbean, Fiji, and South Africa- and those non-Indian audiences that consume Indian films – Turkey, Nepal, Austria, Kenya, Russia etc. These cinema contexts offer additional positions to interrogate and develop analysis of Indian cinema. For example, plantation diasporas’ open historical trajectories are decidedly different from South Asian diasporic formations in Britain and North America that have dominated discourses on Indian cinema. Also, exploring Indian cinema within national agendas whose history and socio-political realities are not overtly Indian orientated provides alternative interpretations and appropriations of India. Primary interest lay in exploring these ‘peripheral’ sites to map a much needed corrective to accounts that position Bollywood as recent global phenomena whereas these areas have been watching Hindi films since the 1930’s.
    Issues to be discussed include:
    • Geo-political circuits of exchange and influence, how do these this differ, what is embraced/celebrated and contested/negated? What constitutes Indian cinema in these contexts?
    • Cinemas social impact upon public/private space, gender, race relations, cultural politics and religious practices, what structures reception and culturally specific ways of seeing in different cultures?
    • How is the hierarchal structure between the Indian diaspora to be understood?
    • What are the consequences of rethinking theoretical and methodological practices that celebrate cultural specificity or the global similarities produced through Indian cinema travels?

  2. 2 DE Govender
    August 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    My husband is Indian, born and raised in Durban, and a descendant of the indentured Indians who worked the cane fields.

    I have spent the last 8 years seeking and collecting books and information on the diaspora and related events. They are difficult to find. In particular, I have been unable to find much information about the sugar estates and mills themselves, and the way the Indian people lived. I would appreciate any such resources to which you could point me.

    Thank you for putting up this site…I have been trying to find this quality of information regarding South Africa’s Indian population for a very long time. I have bookmarked you and will be checking back periodically for new information.

    Kindest regards

    DE Govender
    Cape Town

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