Posted on 05/01/2014
Call for Papers
Shakespeare and Bollywood
27 June, 2014
Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi
Shakespeare has been a part of Bollywood since its inception – the Parsi Theatre tradition did much to shape the silent film era to the mid-1950s; vernacular translations resulting from the Bengal Renaissance influenced 1960s films first in Bengal and then in Bombay; and Hollywood remakes through the years have produced Bollywood remakes. This one-day conference seeks to gather graduate and early career researchers and practitioners together to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi Cinema/Bollywood and to establish the state of current scholarship in the fascinating, under-examined field.
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Shakespeare and Bollywood.
Topics could include:
Commercial Hindi Shakespeare films
Economics – global and local
Gendering Shakespeare/ Gendering Bollywood
Hindi Art-House Shakespeare films
Shakespearean songs and Bollywood music
Shakespearean Actors and Film-makers
‘Academic’ Shakespeare vs. ‘Popular’ Shakespeare
Translation theory and practice
Hybridity and (post)-colonial theories
Art work and promotional material – posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books
Abstracts of 300 words (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to shakespeareandbollywoodrhul.ac.uk by 3 March, 2014.
We will contact all those who send abstracts by 24 March, 2014.
The conference fee is £25 (to include light refreshments).
This conference is planned as the first of a series of events culminating in an international conference and film festival on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema in 2016.
The conference organizer Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja wish to thank the Royal Holloway Research Fund and the English Department for funding the event.