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hello all-

below is the schedule for the upcoming Indian Cinema conference at  
NYU - apologies for cross postings.



The Social & Material Life of Indian Cinema
  An International Conference
Organized By
The Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University

20th -23rd April, 2006

Juan Carlos Center, New York University
19 University Place

Asia Society

Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Conference Committee: Richard Allen, Ranjani Mazumdar, Aparna John

Conference Program

Day 1: Thursday April 20th
9.00 – 4.00 Conference Registration
10.00 Opening Remarks: Chris Straayer, Chair, Cinema Studies
10.15 Introduction: Ranjani Mazumdar
  Session 1 (10.30 – 12.45)Economies of Production & Control
Chair/Discussant – Dana Polan
10.30: Priya Jaikumar
“Witness and Evidence: The Investigative Mode of the 1927-28  
Cinematograph Interviews”.
11.00: Shohini Ghosh
“Fear of the Queer and All Things Erotic: Censorship Debates and  
Emergent Narratives”
11.30: Rachel Dwyer
“Falling Stars and Rising Producers: Charisma and Control in the  
Hindi Film World”
Response & Discussion: 12.00 – 12.45

LUNCH 12.45 – 2.00
  Session 2 (2.00-5.00)The Film Industry & the State
Chair/Discussant - Robert Sklar
2.00: Ashish Rajadhyaksha
“Surviving the State: The Curious Case of Bombay's Hindi Film Industry”
  2.30: Ravi Vasudevan
“A Cinema for the Nation: state planning and film practices in India  
after Independence”.
3.00: Tejaswini Ganti
“Blockbusters and Bombs at the Box-Office: The Bombay Film Industry  
and the Cultural Logics of Commercial Success"
3.30: Nitin Govil
“Informality, Industry, and the Permanency of Crisis”

Response & Discussion: 4.00-5.00

6.00 Keynote Address at Asia Society
725 park Avenue (at 70th Street)
Professor Partha Chatterjee
“Film & the Critique of Popular Culture”
Introduced by Mary Schmidt Campbell
Dean, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Reception: 7.30 – 8.30

Day 2 Friday, April 21st
Session 3 (10.00 – 12.15)
Film in Colonial India
Chair/Discussant – Jonathan Kahana
10.00: Neepa Majumdar
“Film Fragments, Documentary History, and Colonial Indian Cinema”
10.30: Sudhir Mahadevan
“Images and Ownership in Colonial India: A Research Report”
11.00: Manishita Das
“Outside the Lettered City: Imagining the Mass Audience in 1920s India”
Response & Discussion: 11.30 – 12.15

LUNCH BREAK: 12.15 – 2.00

  Session 4 (2.00 – 5.00)Melodrama & Other Rhetorical Forms of Indian  
Chair/Discussant – Richard Allen
2:00 : Moinak Biswas
“Invasion of Reality: Forms and Exposures in the Fifties”
2.30: Corey Creekmur
“Guru Dutt and the Indian Melodramatic Imagination”
3.00: Bhaskar Sarkar
“The National Mise-En-Abyme”
3.30: Ira Bhaskar
“Trauma, Melodrama and the Production of Historical Affect”
4.00 – 5.00 p.m. - Response & Discussion:

6.00 :   Reception at Sundaram Tagore Gallery  547 West 27th Street,  

Includes screening of Mira Nair’s documentary short The Laughing  
Clubs of India (2000) at 7:00 p.m.

  Day 3 Saturday, April 22nd
19 University Place, Room 101

Session 5 (9.30 – 12.30) Practitioners of the Indian New Wave
Chair/Discussant – Richard Pena
9.30: a.m.: Suranjan Ganguly
“Adoor Gopalakrishnan and the Rhetoric of Otherness”
10.00: Aparna John
“Dividing the Indian New Wave: Some reflections on the Avant-Garde  
sensibility in Indian Cinema"
10.30: Sumita Chakravarty
“India’s New Cinema: Towards a Genealogy of the Transnational”
11.00: Parag Amaladi
“Mani Kaul’s Place in the Indian New Wave”
Response & Discussion: 11.30 – 12.30
Lunch: 12.30 – 2.00

LUNCH 12.30-2.00
  Screenings at the Asia Society,
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)

2.00 Herbert (2005) directed by Suman Mukhopdhyay
7.00 Parzania (2005) directed by Rahul Dholakia

   Day 4 Sunday April 23rdSession 6 (10.00 – 12.30)

Early Studio ProductionsChair/Discussant – Ashis Rajadhyaksha
10.00 a.m.: Rashmi Doraiswamy
“The Ontology of the Performative Image: The Saint-Poet Films of  
10.30 a.m: Kaushik Bhowmick
“The Beginnings of the Cultural Holocaust: The Hindu Reform of Bombay  
  11.00 a.m: Rosie Thomas
“Fearless Nadia and the Wadia Movietone/Basant Pictures”
Response & Discussion: 11.30 a.m. -12.30 a.m.

LUNCH 12.30-2.00

Session 7 (2.00 – 4.30)Fringe & Other Cinemas of the Multiplex Era
Chair/Discussant – Anna McCarthy
2.00: Madhava Prasad
“Contemporary Indian Cinema and the Problem of the Culturally  
Backward Spectator”
2.30: Lalitha Gopalan
“Rethinking the Past at the Multiplexes”
3.00: Ranjani Mazumdar
“The Fringe City of Women at the Multiplex”
Response & Discussion: 3.30 – 4.30
Tea Break: 4.30 – 5.00

Closing Session (5.00 – 7.00)
History, Nationhood and the Question of National Cinema
An Interdisciplinary Panel
Chair: Arvind Rajagopal
Panelists: Phillip Lutgendorf (Literature), Gyan Prakash (Historian),  
Jyotika Virdi (film Studies). Panelists will speak for 20 minutes  
each and then open out for a discussion)
7.00 Concluding Remarks: Richard Allen

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