I am the India Area Chair for the Midwest Popular Culture Association! The annual conference is in October, the submission deadline for that conference is this month (gah!). But the submission is easy, just a paragraph about what your talk will be on, and then you have 6 months to actually write the thing. If you want to add a conference to your CV, and think it would be cool to talk with other people about Indian film, read on for more details.
Every spring I beat the bushes trying to find fellow academics who like to write about Indian film, and then I accept all your proposals, and then in October we have a panel talk that no one attends and we all present to each other and share our opinions on Shahrukh’s latest haircut.
(Last year ended with a lengthy discussion of the hotness of Fawad Khan as perceived in Pakistan versus India versus America. Or in other words, 3 women from those respective cultures having an argument over if he is really hot, or if it is just hype)
The panel is by far my favorite part, but it’s a fun conference in general. It’s pop culture, so lots of panels on superheroes and Vampires and stuff like that. And a very relaxed vibe, there are a lot of undergrads presenting and attending their first conference and being all fresh faced and cute (“cute” in the Little Anjali sense, not in the Shahrukh sense. I’m old enough now, that 21 is still a baby).
It’s in St. Louis this year, which is a very nice city with the Arch and all. And is where I bought the most amazing bootleg DVD of every single Hrithik Roshan song ever. So, many reasons to submit an abstract and come on down! Especially if you can get your school to cover the travel funds and registration fee.
Here is my full formal “Call For Papers” that I have been sending around to various listserves and local colleges, it has all the details for you:
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017
Indian Popular Culture Area
2017 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22
Proposals will be accepted from any area relating to Indian Popular culture
Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:
- Star Studies: What makes the Star Culture of India different than other countries?
- Indian popular culture among the Diaspora: How has it spread worldwide and why?
- Textual Analysis of a Particular Film: What is it that makes a film like Dangal popular? Why was Baahubali a crossover hit? Why is Andaz Apna Apna a cult classic?
- Indian popular culture and Social issues: What does Indian popular culture say about women? Minorities? Religion?
Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Indian popular culture to the Indian Popular Culture area at:
(Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract.)
More information about the conference can be found at:
Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: