Studies in South Asian Film & Media (Journal)

ISSN 17564921 , ONLINE ISSN 1756493X

Studies in South Asian Film & Media is a double-blind peer-reviewed publication committed to looking at the media and cinemas of the Indian subcontinent in their social, political, economic, historical, and increasingly globalized and diasporic contexts. The journal will evaluate these topics in relation to class, caste, gender, race, sexuality and ideology.

 

Category: Film Studies


Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

Studies in South Asian Film & Media hopes to build a space for critical media theory and practice, engage scholars, activists and media practitioners in dialogue, clarify the relationship between culture and politics, and highlight South Asia as a vantage point from where the contemporary integration of the globe may be understood. Analytical and theoretical perspectives that are critical, interdisciplinary and global, and which combine an awareness of of aesthetics with insights from the humanities and social sciences to explain how subjectivities and publics are produced in specific historical contexts, are especially welcome. 

Topics covered will include, but are not limited to: history, aesthetics and political economy of South Asian media culture; history of the progressive movement in Indian cinema and media; the crossovers between cinema, media and the other arts; critical studies of the politics of culture as used in various social movements; the new international division of cultural labour; the process and consequences of the shift from state-owned media to the neo-liberal model; globalization; cinema as social history; public spaces and theatrical exhibition; representation in contemporary Indian writing and media on the turn towards neo-liberalism; the theory and practice of Third Cinema in the Indian context, regional/vernacular cinema; and gender and subalternity. 


Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

Notes for Contributors Download

Special Issue CFP: 'Infantile Crisis: Youth in Contemporary South Asian Film and Media' Download


Special Issues:

Infantile Crisis: Youth in Contemporary South Asian Film and Media 
Guest Editor - Nandini Chandra
Assistant Professor, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa

In his 1913 essay on 'Experience', Walter Benjamin refers to youthfulness as a 'brief night' of 'rapture' followed by the 'long drudgery of grand experience', made up of 'years of compromise, impoverishment of ideas, and lack of energy'. Within a neoliberal framework, one could see the 'brief night' stretching to encompass longer agespans: 'the forties are the new twenties’. Youthfulness is often equated with a hedonistic hyper-consumption, which smacks of desperation and a sense of impending lack. A capacity for consumption might, after all, be the only remedy against ageing that capitalism has to offer. Yet we hear just as much these days about premature exhaustion resulting from the velocity and precarity associated with capital’s drive for a 'surfeit of accumulation'.

Existing scholarship in the field of postcolonial childhood and youth studies is extremely rich and varied (Balagopalan 2015, Kapur 2005 and 2015, Banaji 2006). Scholars converge however in their picture of young people in the neoliberal conjuncture as rushing to keep pace with accelerating rhythms of accumulation, either as labouring bodies, or as consumers, or both. The present volume endeavours to bring together voices that acknowledge this accelerationist tendency, while also coming to terms with the flexible and makeshift nature of neoliberal accumulation: in which children and youth may become redundant even before joining the workforce. The idea is to engage with the contradictions of youth as both subjects and objects of capitalism’s terminal crisis, consuming recklessly and being recklessly exploited, but also increasingly detached from the production process. This detachment seems to manifest in pop cultural form as an anomie and inability to be at home in the present.

Thus youth oriented pop culture of recent decades, in South Asia and beyond, has cultivated genre revivals and retro-themes, which aim to reproduce the codes, affects, and intelligibility of former youth subcultures. The surge in the genre of 'the small-town Bollywood film', for example, can be seen as a throw-back to a space and time in which genuine youth and childhood subcultures were still possible. When the youth factor in today’s pop-cultural forms (parodic web-series, memes, animation, video games, street art, rap videos etc.) feeds so heavily on the past, how might a reimagined present and future be hiding in plain sight? How might the contradictions of childhood – a freedom that can only be seen from the vantage point of unfreedom – encode the governing contradictions of late capitalism in South Asia and beyond?

This special issue invites scholars to look at new and counterintuitive aspects of contemporary childhood and youth pop culture in South Asia; to explore new directions, whether by looking at new materials or formulating new comparisons. This special issue will be germane to ambitious and experimental work from scholars working on media and forms which have yet to be studied in great depth. And yet we invite scholars to debate and retheorize areas of childhood pop culture which have already been the subject of substantial scholarly attention; renewing and reinvigorating old conversations, and reflecting on the trajectory of childhood studies. South Asia can be taken in a very large sense here, whether the globalized subcontinent of today’s SARC nations, or the broader South Asian diaspora. South Asia encompasses the dialogues between past and present integral to youth pop culture in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, etc., as well as the ongoing dialogues between South Asia and the world at large.

 Topics for papers may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Representations of the reorganized landscapes of childhood: schools, small towns and tutorial institutions for competitive exams
  • Representations of young people within changing family dynamics: the recasting of clearly gendered parenting roles
  • Representations of queer subjectivities
  • Representations of young people as workers in the parallel economy: the retail industry
  • Representations/creations of youth subcultures in media discourse
  • The criminalization of young boys and girls, and the creation of youth brigades and lynch mobs
  • The debilitating psychological effects of militarization and civil war on young people in Kashmir and the Northeast
  • The scope for students occupying and communizing in the reorganized topography of the corporate school and the neoliberal university
  • Libidinizing young people’s bodies, especially those of Dalits and Muslims in neo-realist films
  • New forms of protesting sexual and institutional harassment
  • Commodification of girl power and female friendships
  • High fashion’s fondness for the childish: e.g., the return of the frock for young and older women in the subcontinent
  • New media technologies and the algorithms of what goes “viral”
  • Fan culture and youth icons
  • The fate of postcolonial youthful affects in an environment of deep crisis

Dates and deadlines

Abstracts of 400-500 words along with author bio should be emailed to nc8@hawaii.edu by the May 31, 2019.

In addition to critical essays of 6000–8000 words, we also welcome shorter creative pieces of 2000–4000 words in the form of interviews, photo essays (B/W) etc.

The deadline for the first draft is November 30, 2019. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and the final submission will be due by March 31, 2020.

All copyrights are to be cleared by the authors. Guidelines to the Intellect house-style are available at https://www.intellectbooks.com/asset/559/intellect-style-guide-2019.pdf

Full CFP available here

 

General Issues:

The last few decades have witnessed South Asian cinema and media emerging as significant areas of academic inquiry. The journal is dedicated to building a space for a critical and interdisciplinary engagement with issues, themes and realities of cinema and media theory. The scope of the journal will incorporate the concerns of scholars, students, activists and media practitioners.

In this era of global communication, when the all-pervasive presence of media is no more in question, an intense debate concerning its political, ideological, and cultural impact has led to a highly complex and rapidly evolving field of inquiry.

We invite contributions from scholars, researchers and practitioners of South Asian film and media. Possible areas include but are not limited to:

- Film and media as social history.
- Feminist analysis and theory in film/media studies and practice
- Class, caste, and sexuality: the politics of subalterneity and marginalization in film/media studies.
- Contemporary media/ documentary and the public sphere. Interviews with documentary film makers.
- Global media consumer culture and labor in the cultural industries.
- News, citizenship, democracy, and the neo-liberal restructuring of media industry.
- Nationalism and regional cinema in the context of neo-liberalism.
- Globalization/ diaspora/ South Asian representation.
- Cinema and the other arts.
- Contemporary arts practices, cinema and visual culture.

Articles should be between 6,000 – 8,000 words in length. Please note that articles should be original and not be under consideration by any other publication. 

Download the Notes for Contributors here

SAFM also, welcomes shorter pieces that are either creative or analytical (between 1,000 – 4,000 words) as well as visual material. All initial enquires should be sent to the editors at aaj.safm@gmail.com.

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

All copyrights are to be cleared by the authors. Guidelines to the Intellect house-style are available at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/style%20guide(journals)-1.pdf



Notes for Book Reviewers:
SAFM regularly publishes critically engaged book reviews that further the dialogue on South Asian cinema and media culture. We are especially interested in clearly written, comparative analyses that can locate single or multiple contemporary works in the broader historical context of South Asian media studies. Innovative juxtapositions of scholarship and artistic practice; books and popular media artifacts; interviews and book reviews are especially welcome. We will carry reviews of single author manuscripts as well as edited anthologies.

Book reviews should not generally be longer than 1500 words. Please contact the book review editor in advance for projects that might exceed this limit. Please include a short bio note to accompany your book review. The title of your review should include all information on the book including publisher, place of publication, page numbers. 

Please use Times New Roman 12 point font and double space your review. We prefer that reviews do not have endnotes or footnotes. For further details on citations and formatting please see the submission guidelines on our webpage.

 

Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

Editorial Board

Elora Chowdhury

Nandini Chandra

Jigna Desai
University of Minnesota

Rajinder Dudrah
University of Manchester, UK

Sonora Jha
Seattle University.

Ali Kazimi
York University

Shahnaz Khan

Myron Pereira

Zakir Raju

Beena Sarwar

Jyotika Virdi

Advisory Board

Feryal Ali-Gauhar

Shonali Bose

Wimal Dissanayake
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Amar Kanwar

John LENT
Temple University

Dilip Menon

Amit Rai
Florida State University.

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan

Ruth Vanita

Tom Waugh

Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

 
British Humanities Index
 
Current Abstracts
 
EBSCO
 
ERIH
 
FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives)
 
Film and Television Literature Index
 
Film and Television Literature Index (with FT)
 
International Index to Film Periodicals
 
MLA
 
RILM (Abstracts of Music Literature)
 
Scopus
 
Summon
 
TOC Premier
 
Ulrich’s

Contents

  • Volume (10): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2019


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  • Volume (9): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2018


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  • Volume (9): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (8): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (8): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2016


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  • Volume (7): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (6): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (6): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (5): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (5): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (4): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (3): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (3): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (2): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (1): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2009


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  • Volume (1): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2009


Lead Editor

Aarti Wani
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, India
aaj.safm@gmail.com

Co-editor & Book Reviews Editor

Jyotsna Kapur
Southern Illinois University, USA
jkapur@siu.edu

Assistant Editor

Namrata Sathe
Southern Illinois University, USA
n.sathe@siu.edu

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