Call For Papers: Frames of Reference – National Student Seminar of the School of Media & Cultural Studies
- 28 October, 2012: Last date for sending abstracts
- 8 November, 2012: Selection of abstracts and intimation via email
- 30 November, 2012: Last date for sending paper to the seminar committee
Twenty years after the 1992-1993 communal violence in the aftermath of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Frames of Reference (FoR) attempts to understand the politics of violence/erasure/memory. What one chooses not to remember is as important as what one does. FoR aspires to engage with voices that explore these themes in their myriad forms spanning various cultural geographies, attempting to understand memories of violence and the violence of erasure. Violence based on class, caste, ethnic identity and patriarchy extends well beyond the concerted efforts of silencing undertaken by both state and non-state actors.
FoR seeks to look at the legitimisation of violence, at the construction and consumption of contested terrains of history, and the creation of marginalised ‘others’. These have consequences that shape contemporary social, political and cultural life worlds. Popular cultural texts attempt to subvert or play up to the dominant narratives and perceptions they engender. These need to be interrogated.
In today’s networked world, the construction of events and memories is marked by a dynamic interplay of claims and counterclaims by various constituencies. The circulation of images and texts has begun to play a decisive role in global political mobilisations and has become a crucial mode of intervention that needs to be understood. FoR will also look at questions of the extent to which memory/erasure/violence can alter access to space, resources, freedom of movement and expression. In examining such phenomena, the seminar invites the critical study of alternate accounts and negotiations by various interest groups towards a more nuanced understanding of the politics of violence and memory.
The act of remembering takes various forms and resists the violence of erasure. In the aftermath of the collective forgetting which has framed events from the Partition to the Gujarat pogrom, from the Khairlanji caste violence to the Manorama Devi case in Manipur, citizens’ groups, movements and campaigns have taken on institutions such as the state, the judiciary and the security forces, in an attempt to seek justice and affirm the human rights of victims and survivors of this violence. Other acts of remembrance have involved the use of the media, the rewriting of history books, the creation of neighbourhood peace initiatives and the use of the arts for dealing with trauma. FoR hopes to receive papers that deal with all these aspects.
Papers can be submitted addressing, but not restricted to the themes below.
- Manifestations of violence and resistance [pogroms, curtailment of political activity, censorship, violence based on gender, caste and ethnicity, moral policing and honour killings, protest movements]
- The violence of the everyday [structural violence, silencing of memories, personal v/s collective memories, childhood and violence]
- Texts, narratives, sites and violence [erasures and representations of violence in cinema, performance arts, literature television and the Internet, erasures and the construction of violence in research, textbooks and policy documents]
- Violence, memory and the social order [alternative accounts of violence, the role of the state and the judiciary, civil society movements for justice to survivors, citizen tribunals, inquiry commissions, hate speech, surveillance, digitizing of identities]
- Space, violence and memory [safety, access, migration and spatial segregation, spaces of relief and rehabilitation, virtual spaces, transgressive spaces]
Please send your abstracts (500 words) by email along with your contact details (email, phone no, postal address) and current institutional affiliation to the following email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details and updates also available on the FoR blog:http://forsmcs.wordpress.com/
Selected participants will be provided hospitality but will be required to cover their own travel costs.
As Frames of Reference is a student seminar, we require all participants to be students at a postgraduate level or above. Documentary evidence (such as ID card or bonafide certificate from the institution) is required.
An edited volume is envisaged based on a selection of papers from the seminar.
Mridula (+91 98333 52634)
Shivani (+91 96193 28082) or
Sriram(+91 97699 20049) for further details.