CALL FOR PAPERS FOR SPECIAL ISSUE
Through the Blue Kaleidoscope—Cinema, Caste, and All that the Screen Does Not Show
We are pleased to announce the first special issue of All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis (e-ISSN 2582-9785). The Special Issue will be on Through the Blue Kaleidoscope—Cinema, Caste, and All that the Screen Does Not Show. It will be edited by Arijeet Mandal, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, India.
Cinema came into being in the early part of the previous century. It owes much of its rise to technological and commercial expansion by several capitalist powers. However, this does not mean that cinema “in-itself” is capitalist. We have seen brilliant uses of cinema against capitalist ideologies and bourgeoisie aesthetics. We have also witnessed filmmakers and audiences penalized, censored, ostracized and even killed for using cinema as a political tool rather than an entertainment medium. It thus makes much sense to argue that in class society, one class can afford to be placated by images, while the other classes have an injunction on them to ‘show’ the truth of their lives. This does not mean that anti-capitalist films and filmmaking cannot be beautiful, but that the aesthetics of hunger, rebellion, and resilience need a different theoretical model than mainstream narrative cinema.
Similarly, we can see that there is a tendency in Indian cinema to primarily cater for filmmakers and audiences from dominant castes. Things seem to have changed in the last few decades with smaller circles of distributions, availability of regional cinema, a greater number of filmmakers, and a few movements powerful enough to make the mainstream industry attempt to deal with the caste question. Here again, it seems, some castes can afford to see cinema just as a medium for pleasure and other castes cannot afford that luxury. We also have seen censorship, ostracism, silencing, and severe repression of filmmakers, crews, actors, and even the audience suffering from having wanted something more than entertainment. We have also seen that Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, women, LGBTQIA+, the disabled and other minorities are represented in a stereotypical and derogative manner by the film industry run by the dominant castes. Therefore, we must pose the right questions regarding the future of Indian cinema in particular and (Asian and diasporic) cinema in general.
We welcome original abstracts on the following and related topics.
Representation of caste in cinema (not to be confused with the representation of individuals)
Language of Cinema and Dalit experience
Viewership practices, regional distributions and role of caste
Filmmakers, Editors, Sound-Engineers, Filmmaking crew and caste
New attempts in Cinema and Caste
History, Caste, and Cinema
Film philosophy and Caste system
Interviews, Excerpts, Archival notes related to caste experience and cinema
Theorising DBA (Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi) cinema
Debrahminizing Film and Media Studies
Conceptualizing DBA filmography, film theory and film criticism
Information and deadlines for submissions:
Note 1: We are seeking original abstracts/ papers which are analytical and well researched. Mere summaries with no analytical credibility will be rejected.
Note 2: The final acceptance of papers is subject to successful peer-review.
Note 3: Do not submit full papers now. Submit only abstracts and bionotes as two separate MS Word files by 15 December 2021.
Abstract (with a title & four keywords): 350-450 words
Bionote: 50-100 words (mention designation, affiliation, research interests and publication, if applicable)
Email your submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mention the following in the subject line of your email: <<Special Issue: Caste and Cinema>>
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 December 2021
Notification of Acceptance of Abstract: 15 January 2022
Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: 1 March 2022
Word limit of Full Papers: 5000-7000 words (upper limit of word count is flexible)
Style of Citation: MLA (8th edition)
Publication of the Special Issue: (tentatively) April 2022
All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis