Symposium on South Asian Film and Visual Culture

Presented by the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT and South Asia Initiative, TCD and in association with the Indian Film Festival of Ireland; the Symposium on South Asian Film and Visual Culture with take place 11th May 2011, 9:30am–6pm at J.M. Synge Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.


The symposium will present current work addressing questions of identity, language, ethnicity, and gender along with the visual histories and cultures of South Asia through a multi-pronged approach:


1. Identifying new developments and trends in Indian cinema and their significance from a wider socio-cultural perspective;


2. Examining how ‘difference’ functions through South Asian cinematic, media and visual cultures in diasporic and transnational contexts;


3. Addressing debates around mainstreaming vs ‘ethnic media’ as relevant to the media and cultural industries in Western societies.


4. Showcasing select examples of community-based filmmaking as well as independent filmmaking from India and South Asian communities in the UK


The day-long event is programmed as a combination of paper presentations, film screenings, and round table discussions, along with built-in scope for discussions with filmmakers, film and cultural theorists, visual artists and curators, scriptwriters, and music composers.


Attendance is free but it is essential to register interest. Further details are available online at




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