Call for Papers

• Posted by Admin on 1 Nov,2012

Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies
Call for Papers
Special Issue 2013

"Critical Spaces of Diaspora for Liquid post-modernity"

In the ‘new times' dramatic changes in the social, cultural, political, and economical spheres have brought fragmentation and growing pluralism of societies, and emergence of new identities, which render normative and stable meanings and discourses problematic. In the era of post-modernity and 'beyond', people have become mystified by the insurgency, disintegration, and liquidity of an age that is fraught with growing demands of ever-changing needs, obligations, and new versions of social and political conflicts around the globe.
Since their conditions, knowledge and perceptions of identity flow across national and transnational boundaries, it is believed that the people of diaspora have developed a sort of diasporic ontological and epistemological existence that enables them to surpass ‘all-home-returning projects' and pleas for pure identity. They negotiate the complexities of difference in the new cultural spaces which open up between familiar and foreign meanings, relations, and identities. With this assumption, they disrupt monolithic realities and recognise more complex and diverse alternatives away from ‘cultural knowledge', essentialism, homogeneity, and stereotypes about the ‘self' and the ‘other'.
Exploring the dispersion of populations and cultures across many geographic regions and spheres, diaspora studies has emerged as a vibrant area of research amid rapidly increasing transnationalism and globalisation. Myriad scholars have shaped the trajectory of diaspora studies and contemporary theorisations of diaspora as a specific terrain within, and beyond, postcolonial studies.
As one of the journals specialised in postcolonial (studies, cultures, and societies), we would like our Special Issue to further explore the concept of diaspora as an emergent and contested theoretical space, and its potentials for the advancement of critical thought. This special issue is focused on the wide-ranging conceptualisations of the concept: it aims to explore various approaches, interdisciplinary theorisations, disciplinary modalities, configurations, and methodologies of the humanities, social and other sciences related to diaspora.
Topics can include, but are not limited to
At a theoretical level:
- Further theorisation of the notion of diaspora
- The historical trajectory of diaspora (e.g. From people who were lost in history to people leading assort of "hyphenated or hybrid life"
- The emergence of new diaspora (e.g. Palestinian Diaspora)
- The Irony of Jewish and Palestinian Diaspora as both emerged from the same geographical region
- The ontological and epistemological nature of diaspora: (ontology) the nature of diasporic reality, and (epistemology) the ways of knowing that reality, and(axiology) the disputational contours of the right and wrong or morality and values of this reality
- The cultures and literatures of diaspora:
o the triangulation of diaspora, migration, and post-coloniality,
o the creation of new ways of thinking about individual and communal identities
o the criticisms of established schools of critical thought,
o and the rethinking the relationship between literature, cultures, history and politics
At a practical level:
- The impact of technology and communications on the life of diaspora and their relationship with their countries
- The intellectual and scientific contributions of diaspora; this includes (cultural productions in the fields of education, tourism, art, sport, popular culture, and medicine
- The directed investment of diaspora; how diaspora might become a real national recourse for their host and home countries
- Review of initiatives that are emerging around the world regarding the welfare of diaspora
- Writers & Texts of diaspora (choose a writer or a text and analyse the work alongside the theme)

Directions and deadlines for submissions
Abstract & Paper submissions: To present a (research) paper, please submit an abstract of your paper by January 31st, 2013. Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and include a brief explanation about: the topic under study, its scope and context, its significance, the methods used, its main findings, and its relationship to the theme: Critical Spaces of Diaspora for Liquid post-modernity. Full papers should be made in Microsoft Word (2007), and no longer than 7,000 words, including tables, references, and notes. Deadline for the full papers submission is July 31st, 2013.

For submissions, further information or queries regarding this Special Issue, please contact the Journal's Guest Editor: Ayman Abu-Shomar at

Imaging Cinema 2012 Workshop on Screenwriting and Film Direction

• Posted by Admin on 27 Apr,2012

Imaging Cinema 2012: Workshop on Screenwriting and Film Direction

1st to 10th of June, 2012 at IIT Madras


The Workshop includes sessions on Screenwriting specifically, with specialists such as


·K. Hariharan (Director of the L.V. Prasad Institute of Film and Television, Chennai)

·Atul Tiwari (Mission Kashmir, Dasavatharam and currently working on Viswaroopam with Dr. Kamal Hassan)

·Shridhar Raghavan (Khakee, Dum Maaro Dum and Apaharan);  and other distinguished faculty members from Film Institutes across the country.


Also part of the event is interactive sessions with noted filmmakers from the industry. (Names given below are in alphabetical order):


·Anurag Kashyap (Paanch, Dev D, Gulaal, No Smoking, That Girl in Yellow Boots),

·Rohan Sippy (Bluffmaster, Dum Maaro Dum, Taxi No. 9211, the President is Coming);

·cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran (Black, Ghajini, Agneepath, My Name is Khan);

·Shriram Raghavan (Agent Vinod, Johnny Gaddar, Ek Haseena Thi),

·Editor Anthony and writers Suresh & Bala (Ayan and Ko directed by K.V. Anand);

·Thiagrajan Kumarrajan (Aaranya Kaandam) ,

·Sudhish Kamath (GoodNight,  Good Morning).


The course will span ten days from the 1st to the 10th of June, 2012. The outline is as follows.


The first part, for about two-three days, would be a Film Appreciation module, the emphasis being on reading Film as a Text. The second part, for the next two-three days, would look into Film Execution, focusing on the mechanics of Filmmaking such as Lighting, Sound, Camera, etc. intending to demystify the filmmaking process by sharing the secret.


Having warmed up and armed with both appreciation and understanding, the Workshop would step it up as it enters its third and most defining part - the Scriptwriting section, where participants would first work in groups on existing scripts to understand the process of construction. The goal is to first familiarize each participant with the method behind the madness, subsequent to which each group would be ready with a short 3-5 minute executable script of their own.


The last day would be a ‘Red Carpet' event where the work of each student-group would be discussed, rated and awarded accordingly. This event, yet again, would be yet another turn on the learning spiral, providing scope for students to learn from mistakes and be rewarded for ingenuity.


Each participant would be rewarded with an IIT-Madras certificate of Participation on completion of the Course, which is an initiative of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras.


Fee structure:

▪   Rs 10, 000/ for professionals

▪   Rs 9000/ Attendees of our 2009 & 2010 events

▪   Rs 8000/ students with valid ID and documents

$250/ for NRIs


Applications are open, the deadline for which is  2nd  May, 2012. For application form download and further information, log on

 For queries, dial +919551783161.


My earlier Film Workshops at IITM: In 2009 I was the faculty organizer for ‘Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop', a 5-day event, sponsored by MR Kamal Haasan. Ace screenwriters Jean Claude Carriere and David Scarpa addressed the participants through video conferencing. Shekhar Kapoor, Shriramr Raghavan, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Rituparno Ghosh and several noted filmmakers and screenwriters conducted sessions.

 In May 2010, I organized ‘Imaging Cinema: Emerging Trends in Filmmaking' a 6 day Indo-Canadian  workshop at IIT Madras, with over 180 participants. R. Balki, Shimit Amin, Saurabh Shukla, Nagesh Kukunoor, Jaideep Sahni, Dibakar Bannerjee, K. Balachander, C Amudhan, Vishnuvardhan, and Santosh Sivan addressed the participants on cinema as a vehicle for social change.


Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, PhD
Associate Professor (Film Studies, Drama & Contemporary Novels in English)
Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Chennai - 600036, India
91 9444766000

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