Call for Papers: Pleasures of Violence

*Conference to be held at Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK)*
March 7-8,2019

It has become a truism to claim that social media bring out the worst in us. But who gets to be the subjects and the agents of violence in an economy built to repackage violence? In Updating to Remain the Same Habitual New Media, Wendy Chun exposes the hypocritical dissonance between our fantasies about the Internet and our online practices. For instance, we are continually surprised at the leaking of a network that is precisely built to leak; or we project the promiscuousness of networks onto bodies that aren’t supposed to matter. Digitality has become, then, indissociable from questions of injury, aggression and pre-determined targets. Such impulses of violent digitality have further become central spectacles on cinema, television and video game screens. Why does the digital seem so well suited for the most insidious and blatant of death drives?

From misogyny to racism, from trolling to warfare, from disaster porn to revenge porn, to be immersed in popular visual culture is to have to negotiate the circulation, broadcasting and spectacle of violence. Is digital violence the re-enactment of analog modes of violence or a brand new kind of economy? Have digital networks simply brought to the surface the cesspool of destructive desires that whirled beneath surfaces all along, or do they facilitate unprecedented modes of acting out, and suffering from, violence? How might we, scholars and creative practitioners, imagine ways of combating or repairing violence?
This conference aims to consider questions of abuse, misuse of power and aggression in the (post-)digital age from a variety of perspectives and fields, exploring the relationship between violence (physical, psychological, symbolic, et al) and digitality writ large. It also takes seriously the pleasures on offer through such digital violence, whether that is the action cinema’s fight sequence or the trainwreck celebrity. Is “digital violence” a redundant category? How does violence play out in different national contexts and creative industries: cinema, gaming, photography, music, fashion?

We welcome abstracts that centre on, but are not limited to the following:

* Doxing, firehosing, gaslighting: The New Language of Violence
* Representations of violence in contemporary TV, cinema, series and podcasts
* Bot-enacted gender and racial violence
* The relationships between genre and violence
* Digital terrorisms
* The digital circulation of xenophobia
* Disaster porn, revenge porn and other types of sexual violence
* Online communities of violence and self-harm
* Outing as a form of violence
* Youtube as platform for confessing violence
* Social media, feminism and the exposure of rape culture
* The weaponization of gossip, hearsay, fake news and misinformation
* BDSM online communities: The New Erotic Possibilities of Violence
* Biometric technologies of racial violence
* Necro/Bio-political violence
* Neo-colonial violence
* Glamourization and fetishization of violence

Please send abstracts of 250 – 300 words, with a supporting bio of no more than 100 words,

*Abstract deadline: Monday 31st of December 2018.*

Dr Diego Semerene
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Digital Media
Oxford Brookes University
Dr Diego Semerene
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Digital Media
Oxford Brookes University

Call for Abstracts: Entangled Natures – A Conference on Human Ecology (14 – 17 Feb 2019) at AUD | Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

imageFor some years now, the post-monsoon season brings narratives of environmental doom to conversations occurring in drawing rooms and chai stalls across the city of Delhi. The smog that envelopes the city and makes breathing a difficult activity forces a flurry of activity and finger-pointing. Farmers and fossil fuels, construction and climate change, policy and profligacy, no one is spared. Issues like air pollution demonstrate inescapably that environmental concerns are simultaneously social, technical and political in nature. For policymakers and practitioners, the value of questioning the divide between natural and social sciences, between the ontological realms of nature and culture has become more apparent than ever. Within academic disciplines, these questions have been raised for at least half a century since C.P. Snow’s publication of The Two Cultures. Calls for collaboration across knowledge silos to study multidimensional environmental issues have gained credence steadily in the last thirty years. This can be seen in the emergence of sub-disciplines within traditional disciplines, like environmental history, as well as new areas like conservation biology and science and technology studies.

Human Ecology is an eclectic field of research within this tradition of interdisciplinary knowledge endeavours. Research and teaching at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) brings together philosophical frameworks, methodologies and toolkits from natural and social science disciplines to understand interactions between environment and society. There is a distinctive emphasis on studying issues at smaller spatial scales and focusing on complexity and causality in the intertwined lives of humans and other species. Scholars at SHE are inclined towards the worm’s-eye view while studying ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts. Human and nonhuman agencies are explored in ecological and social transformations in South Asia, in the present as well as in the past.

The Entangled Natures conference invites scholars and students who are engaged in research on such issues that are of interest to Human Ecology. The five conference panels reflect thematic areas of research within SHE. They discuss geographies that are marginal to mainstream concerns, such as India’s islands and high-altitude rangelands, and heterodox approaches to studying classic themes, such as cities, agriculture and environmental governance. Contributions are invited from scholars and early career researchers working on these themes, as elaborated in the panel abstracts.

Panel 1: Agriculture in the Anthropocene

Panel 2: Hybridity, Power and Culture in Environmental Governance

Panel 3: Nature and the City

Panel 4: Tracing Continuities and Change in Pastoral Systems

Panel 5: Islands in the Indian Ocean

For details regarding panels and submission guidelines, please visit:

For enquiries, please email:

CFP: Disciplinarity in a Digital Age, IIT Delhi

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Please find attached the call for papers for the conference ‘Disciplinarity in a Digital Age’ a conference organized by the department of humanities and social sciences at IIT Delhi. Please do consider submitting to the conference and sharing the call with anyone you think would be interested. Broadly, the conference seeks to understand the transformation of the humanities and social sciences under the influence of natural science: an investigation provoked by the technological context of the digital age.

Disciplinarity call for papers

Call for papers: Marx & the City

A one-day symposium at Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies, London Center, 16-17 Southampton Place, London, W1A 2AJ

Confirmed speakers: Professor Ursula Huws; Professor Donald Sassoon; Dr Lindsey German

Deadline for abstracts: 3 September 2018

There are three interlocking aims behind Marx and the City, the first symposium to be held at Arcadia University’s London study abroad centre in Holborn. The first point is to mark the life and work of Karl Marx: we do so both in the two hundredth year since his birth and in a building a mere ten-minute walk from his first proper London home. Second, we wish to stress ‘the city’ as an object of study that makes a mock of and does away with rigid disciplinary boundaries. As such, we encourage abstracts from anyone and everyone, most certainly including those outside the academy. Finally, this symposium will seek to involve Arcadia students at all levels of decision-making. All too rarely do students get to see their teachers’ ideas challenged publicly: by contrast, Marx and the City will invite some of Arcadia’s fall 2018 intake to actively participate through chairing and attending panels, reviewing abstract submissions, and so on.

Karl Marx found in the industrialising cities of the nineteenth century both the epitome of modern capitalist exploitation and the revolutionary agents of capitalism’s demise. Marx himself has extensive contact with the city; he spent most of his life living as a revolutionary exile in London, the city at the heart of the British Empire. This symposium examines Marx’s approach to the city, how he envisaged its revolutionary transformation as well as the relevance and resonances of his approach.

We welcome abstracts for papers or contributions in other media. A non-proscriptive list of potential subjects follows:

– Marx’s cities (Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels etc.)

– Marxist approaches to the city

– Utopia and reimaginings of the city

– Engels’ ‘great towns’

– ‘Beneath the pavement . . .’: the city and revolution

– Marxist feminist approaches to the city

– The revolutionary exile in the foreign city

– Marx and urban culture

– Marx and the urban underworld

– Marx and the city in film

– Marx, sex, and sexuality in the city

– Marxist conceptions of suburbia

– Social class and revolution in the city

– The neoliberal city

Please send proposals for 20-minute contributions to & Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

“Region/ Nation/ Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, is organizing an International Conference on “Region/ Nation/ Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface” on 31 January, 01 and 02 February 2019. The organizers would like to invite individual abstracts and panel proposals for the conference. Please find attached the call for papers which includes other necessary details. You may want to circulate it among your colleagues who might take an interest in the conference.

If you have any queries, please write to <>.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards from the conference coordinators,

Parichay Patra and Amitendu Bhattacharya

Assistant Professors

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Region/Nation/Trans-Nation: Literature-Cinema Interface

January 31-February 2, 2019

Hosted by BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Organized by Parichay Patra and Amitendu Bhattacharya


Call for Papers

This conference traces the various modes of engagement that exist between some of the globally dominant literary and cinematic forms, without limiting itself to the age-old domain of adaptation. It tries to locate these engagements and negotiations across three geopolitical formations and locations of culture, namely region, nation and trans-nation. These three locations work as contact zones where the literature-cinema interface manifests in various forms. With the emergence of transnationalism and comparative film studies as methods in cinema studies, multiple modes of literature-cinema negotiation are becoming increasingly evident with cinema studies borrowing concepts such as ‘world literature’ and ‘comparative morphology’. In the Indian/South Asian context, these locations are entangled with issues such as the language question, regional nationalisms, the crumbling idea of a federal republic with an increasingly stronger unitary governance, linguistic identity politics as manifested in popular cinemas and literatures, translational politics and the formation/development of certain national centres for the production of various modes of translation, India’s cultural/literary/cinematic negotiations with the trans-nation before and after globalization/economic liberalization etc.

With contemporary India as its primary site of inquiry, the conference moves towards inter-continental geopolitical engagements without considering Indian regional/national and literary/cinematic questions in isolation. Apart from thematic and ideological associations with the trans-nation, it involves participants beyond the borders of the Indian nation (from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), transforming itself into a discursive space where the conceptual apparatus meets with the narratives that inform and shape the former. Narratives from the margins will also significantly feature in the conference, with panels and plenaries on and from the Indian North-East. Moreover, a panel and a plenary will be devoted to Goa and its distinctive history of colonial and postcolonial politico-cultural engagements as manifested in indigenous literature and art.

Possible topics for presentation might be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Transnationalism as Method
  • Comparative Cinema Studies and the transnational question
  • South Asia’s Cultural Engagement with the ‘West’
  • Cultural/Literary/Cinematic Migration within South Asia
  • Idea of India and the Language Question
  • Linguistic Identity Politics in South and North-East India
  • North-East India and the Politics of Translation
  • South Korea’s Cultural Penetration into the Indian North-East
  • Goa’s legacy as an erstwhile Portuguese colony
  • Goa’s engagement with other Portuguese colonies (Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique)
  • Goa as a contact zone of culture
  • Histories of colonial, anti-colonial and postcolonial cultural negotiations in Goa
  • The Un-Indian Space/Region: Goa’s challenge to the Hindu Nation
  • National and Transnational Cultures in South Indian Cinemas
  • Regional Militancy in National (Popular) Cinema
  • Trans-Nation and Indian Modernity
  • Trans-Nation/Translation
  • Subtitling/Fan-Subbing/Dubbing/Remake as Cultural Translation
  • Internet Sharing in the Age of Post-Cinema
  • Formative Years of Film Industries and the Cultural and Literary Translation(s)
  • From Adaptation to Cultural Translation and Beyond
  • State and Non-State Actors in translation


Select conference proceedings will be published as a co-edited volume for the publication of which Oxford University Press (OUP)  will be approached.

We would like to invite abstracts for individual presentations and/or panels from Comparative and English literary studies/Cinema and Media studies/New Media studies/South Asian studies scholars. Interested speakers/presenters may mail a 250 word abstract along with a brief bio-note to

Registration and other Details

A registration fee of INR 3500 (for outstation participants) or INR 2500 (for local scholars) must be paid. This fee includes registration, conference kit, working lunch, tea and snacks for three days and participation certificate, but does not cover accommodation in Goa. Participants are supposed to find their own accommodation; conference committee can help with suggestions regarding places nearby though. We cannot offer bursary/travel grants as we expect the participants to be supported by their respective home institutions.

Participants who are willing to attend the conference dinner hosted on the penultimate night need to pay INR 1000 additionally.



Submission of abstracts: September 30, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: October 15, 2018

Completion of Registration: November 15, 2018

Submission of full paper: November 30, 2018


Plenary Speakers

  • Mariano Mestman (Universidad de Buenos Aires & CONICET, Argentina- TBC)
  • FakrulAlam (East West University, Bangladesh)
  • KanchukaDharmasiri (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
  • Supriya Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University)
  • M. Asaduddin (Jamia Millia Islamia- TBC)
  • Ravi S. Vasudevan (CSDS, New Delhi)
  • Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University)
  • Kaushik Bhaumik (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • GJV Prasad (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri (Gauhati University)

Call for Papers: Digitality and Communication



International Seminar
Digitality and Communication: The Cultural Logic of Data Societies
September 5 – 7, 2018; The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

Prof. T. T. Sreekumar

Prof. Sujatha Mukiri (Head, Department of Communication)

Organising Committee:
Prof. Nagamallika Gudipaty
Dr. Srinivas Panthukala
Dr. Suchitra Patnaik
Dr. Ranjith T
Dr. A. Nagraj
Dr. Srinivas Lankala

Call for Papers

The digital has become inescapable today and is transforming life on earth to an unimaginable extent. It permeates and mediates representation, exchange, interaction and symbolization calling for revisits, revisions and renewal of almost all domains of human enquiry.

The digital turn has drastically altered the options, promises and risks associated with the deeply intertwining domains of social, economic, religious, cultural, literary and political practices by challenging traditional barriers of speed, space, volume and expression.  The transformation has been marked by a swarm of technological gadgets and assemblages in the last few decades. The enormous social consequences of technologies devoted to big data and algorithmic processes have also opened up new fields of enquiry that require more scholarly attention.

The changes are also manifested in a continuing terminological and conceptual revolution not only in the fields of sciences and engineering, but also in social sciences and humanities and related disciplines. Discourses on issues ranging from cyborg and posthuman to infopower and netnography that try to capture the ambivalences and anxieties engendered by the digital, indicate the need for sustained reappraisals of conceptual and theoretical tensions that accentuate the interdisciplinary enquiries in the area of media and communication studies.

While digital devices dominate the world, some of the leading claims that have been made about the advent of a digital turn and its consequences (particularly with respect to its liberating potential and ability to eliminate global social divides) may not perfectly tally with the experiences and trajectories of these technological transformations. However, it is indisputable that understanding the impact of the digital requires persistent scrutiny, assessment and analysis.

This International seminar envisages to explore the digital, not just in its material manifests, but also as a way of thinking, as an ideological and cultural logic that has come to define and shape human life. Thus digitality can be explored in not just contexts of information technology, but in biological, sociological or economical systems. The discourse of computation, management and control of data and the ever-perfecting self-regulation of devices have combined to curate the abstract logic of capital to an alarming perfection. Also debatable are the advent of the assemblage of mobile broadband, cloud computing, internet of things and a host of other technological systems as objects, as ideas and as ideological apparatuses. This seminar will focus primarily on the question of how and in what forms do the convergence of discourse, data and devices come to define the logic of ‘digitality’ in a variety of socio-cultural, political and economic contexts.

We invite papers/panels/posters/performance arts that prod the vital historical, cultural, material and technological links that would help to contemplate the blatant as well as much nuanced integration of discourse, data and devices through the digital. With the growing importance of data-centered governance, policy and regulation, devices have become endowed with politics as never before. The materiality of the artefacts of our day to day life lends itself to closer scrutiny and we welcome case-studies of the politics of devices as well as the production and distribution of and access to data. As new technologies brought with them new social and cultural practices, it has also made researchers to rethink their analytical methods. Papers that look at the new evolving methodologies of digital archiving, organizing and publishing, those that confront the politics and extend the practices of open access in scholarly publishing, evaluate the linguistic challenges in web publishing in multi-lingual locales, interrogates promises like multi-authorship, copy-left and myriad other digital contexts are also welcome.

Drawing on these discussions, the conference aims to address a wide range of thematic areas constituting the digital, which are divided into (but not limited to) the following working groups:

  • Theorizing the digital
  • Methodologies of the digital
  • Digital practices
  • Digital Contexts
  • Data and Society

Papers may look at the digital phenomenon from a variety of positions and parameters that include, and are not limited to:

  • South Asian perspectives
  • Democracy and Fascism
  • Big data analytics
  • Power, Policy and Governance
  • Theater, Performance, Body Art, Graffiti
  • Cinema, Documentary, Propaganda
  • Dub smash, Viral, Flash mob and other multi-media campaigns
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Online Citizen Journalism
  • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Law and justice
  • Climate and Environment
  • Pedagogy
  • Sports, Music
  • Alternative and Community Media
  • Business Communication
  • Internet of things
  • Corporate Identity and Branding
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • Religion and Media

Submission Guidelines

  • For individual papers, posters or performance art, please send an abstract of not more than 300 words by e-mail to
  • We also welcome proposals for panels of 4 or 5 papers. A panel proposal may be submitted by any one of the proposed presenters who will act as a panel coordinator. A panel proposal should include a title and a 150-word description of the overall panel, in addition to individual paper abstracts of not more than 300 words each. Panel proposals should be submitted by e-mail to by the panel coordinator.
  • Please do not submit more than one abstract per person for consideration.
  • All abstracts, whether individual or as part of panel proposals, should include the title of the paper, the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s) and a postal  address and telephone number for correspondence.
  • The deadline for all submissions is June 15 2018. If you have any questions or require further information, please e-mail the conference coordinator, Prof. T. T. Sreekumar at

Timeline for Submissions

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission:  June 15, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance on or before: June 30, 2018
  • Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: August 15, 2018
  • Dates of Conference:  September 5, 6 and 7, 2018

More Information regarding registration, travel and accommodation details will be available shortly.

CFP: Performance Studies In and From South Asia

Call for Papers
June 1, 2018
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields:
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Dance and History of Dance, Music and Music History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies

Oct 11, 2018
1:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Madison, WI


The aim of this symposium is to facilitate a dialogue between the fields of South Asian Studies and Performance Studies, by bringing together scholars and artists who work at the intersection of these two disciplines. In so doing, it addresses two major lacunae: The under-representation of performance as a tool and an object of analysis in the study of South Asia; and the dominant Euro-American-centrism of the discourse of Performance Studies. Performance Studies’ origins as a field can be found in works such as Richard Schechner’s and Victor Turner’s, which combined anthropology and performance in order to examine cultural ritual in India. This symposium will give a new generation of scholars the chance to build on and update the relationship between South Asia and Performance Studies, insisting on a decolonial lens that honors the work emerging from South Asia as critical to investigating what Performance Studies has to offer as a relatively new discipline.

This year, we will focus on how performative analysis might generate new understandings of subjects as diverse as the neoliberal Indian city or the staging of Sanskrit epics. The performance pre-conference in 2017 hosted presentations on a range of topics, including diasporic audiobook performance, meditative practices in Sri Lanka, clubs in colonial Calcutta, and contemporary Tamil Dance championships. We look forward to continuing the discussions that started there, as well as developing the papers we receive this year for an edited volume, the first of its kind to use a Performance Studies methodology, as opposed to a theatre or dance-oriented approach, to explore the rich cultures of South Asia.

We invite submissions of abstracts for 10-minute papers that interrogate why performance matters and that demonstrate what performance can bring to the table in the study of South Asia.

Please email your 250-word abstracts to by June 1, 2018.

Contact Info:

Sharvari Sastry (Organiser)
Kat Frances Leider (Organiser)
Arnab Banerji (Organiser)