Conference Poster

16 12 2010



Conference Schedule

7 12 2010

Dear Participants,

The Conference Schedule has been published in PDF.



Arun Menon

Research Assistant, CIDASIA, CSCS.

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Protected: Anjali Roy – The Distribution and Circulation of Indian Films in Singapore

20 11 2010

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Anjali Roy – The Distribution and Circulation of Indian Films in Singapore

20 11 2010

Despite the long history of the export and exhibition of Indian films to Southeast Asia, a systematic documentation of how films from India in Tamil and Hindi found their way into the region has yet to be done. Jerzy Toeplitz’s Report, prepared for UNESCO in 1964, provides valuable quantitative and qualitative data on Indian films’ exports between 1954 and 1962. Toepliz locates the main market of Indian films in Malaya, Ceylon, British East Africa, Burma, Persian Gulf Ports, Thailand and South Vietnam. These figures reveal a sharp decline in the 70s ending the theatrical exhibition of films. Yet films continued to be circulated through formal and informal networks including video parlours, CD shops, television and lately on the internet in the entire region. Although Singapore has the unique distinction of being the only Southeast Asian country, which still has exclusive theatres set aside for the screening Indian films, theatrical exhibition is not the only medium through which they are circulated.

Based on fieldwork between 2008 and 2010, this paper will reconstruct the history of cinematic exhibition in Singapore from the 1930s to the present to contrast the formal distribution of Indian films with their informal circulation through which they ‘leak’ into the multi-ethnic spaces of the global city. Drawing on photographs, exhibits, interviews, reports and observations, it will reveal the diverse channels such as cineplexes, television, CD shops, lending libraries and internet through which Indian films are disseminated in Singapore.



Adrian Athique & Douglas Hill-The Cultural Economy of Leisure in India

20 11 2010

One of the striking features of India’s economic transformation since 1991, has been the runaway success of one sector of the economy which was almost entirely neglected by India’s planners during the socialist era. This is India’s leisure economy, where the enthusiasm for a range of pursuits (from sports to movies, from pilgrimages to shopping trips and from texting to eating out) forms a major constituent of the nation’s social and economic life. It is also notable that the impressive growth in the leisure economy has been very much a story of Indian capital. In the formal sector, we have seen the rise of media conglomerates under the auspices of business houses like the Essel Group and Reliance. We have witnessed major investments in the hospitality industry and a revolution in travel through the mushrooming of private airlines such as Kingfisher and SpiceJet.  At the same time, it would be an error to see the leisure economy in narrow terms as only a product of liberalisation, since the larger part of this field remains located in the disorganized sector. Here, we find a rich body of pleasures constituted historically around India’s plural cultural traditions, and their recurring encounters with modernity. All of these practices are enmeshed within equally complex logistical, commercial and social systems that require a productive combination of anthropological and economic modes of enquiry. In this paper, we will introduce some of the critical questions pertinent to a broad enquiry into the structures, habituations and desires that characterise leisure in contemporary India.


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20 11 2010

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