Upcoming CSAS Events

28th Annual Spring Symposium


The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i invites paper and panel proposals on aspects related to its

28th Annual Spring Symposium:

"Media, Culture and Democracy in South Asia"

Conference Dates: April 6-8, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawai'i

The symposium invites an examination of the relationship among media, democratic processes, and public cultures in South Asia and the diaspora. We are interested in questions this relationship raises about modernity, nationalism, identity, postcolonialism, inequality, privatization, and protest.  We welcome papers that analyze all forms of media, including digital, print, cinema, television, storytelling, and art making.   We invite a variety of approaches, which could include topics and themes such as

•    Media histories and Mediascapes
•    Public spheres
•    Cultures of media production and reception
•    Media policy, including censorship
•    Intellectual property, copyright, piracy, and open source
•    Utopic and dystopic accounts of media
•    Representations of gender and sexuality
•    Race and resistance
•    Global and trans-local flows
•    Mediating violence, war, disasters

We are pleased to announce that discussions will be anchored by Invited Lectures from the following distinguished scholars:

•    Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media Studies at NYU.  He has written the book Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001) and edited Indian Public Sphere: Structure and Transformation (Oxford, 2009).  He has won awards from the MacArthur and Rockefeller foundations.

•    Mehreen Jabbar is a film director/producer who has made numerous gritty, hard-hitting films for Pakistani      Television.  Her award-winning films include 'Daughters of the Late Colonel' and a four-part television show.  ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ is her first feature length film and has been releaed in Pakistan and India in 2008 to wide critical acclaim.

•    Nitasha Sharma, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Asian American Studies at     Northwestern University.  Her research examines overlapping Asian/Black diasporas and in the process develops new ways of conceptualizing race that is global in scope.  Her book Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness and Global Race Consciousness (Duke: 2010) was just published.

Deadline to submit proposals: January 15th, 2011

Please send 200 word abstracts for individual papers by email to csas@hawaii.edu. If proposing an entire panel, please also include a paragraph-length rationale and a proposed title for the panel.

A limited amount of free lodging will be available to participants.

For more information, please visit the Center for South Asian Studies website at:

The University of Hawaii is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 416, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Phone: (808) 956-5652, Fax: (808) 956-6345, Email: csas@hawaii.edu