Sceneries of glocalization in South Asian literature and cinema
Alessandra Consolaro (University of Torino)
Thomas de Bruijn
Start time:
24 July, 2014 at 11:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Globalization has deeply influenced cultural production in South Asia. This panel invites papers that explore how the global and the local interact with each other and how far the term and the concept of "glocalization" can be applied to explain contemporary developments in South Asian narratives.

Long abstract:

Globalization - the worldwide exchange of ideas, economies and life-styles - has deeply affected South Asian society and culture. The effects of globalization are far more complex and pluriform than archetypical cases such as that of South Asian writers reaching a worldwide audience. Globalization is a complex, multidirectional and interactive process, simultaneously homogenizing and dividing social and cultural discourses, leading to numerous changes in the scenery of South Asian narratives. The notion of 'glocalization' as demonstrated in the pioneering work of Robertson and Bauman, provides an interesting perspective that encompasses the dialogic and interactive nature of the effects of globalization. This panel invites papers that analyse contemporary South Asian narratives in literature or cinema through the lens of 'glocalization'. Possible topics for this analysis are the impact of global modes of communication on individuals and their relations with family or larger communities, changes in urban or metropolitan cityscape and the social structures that build these, changes in the content and distribution of cultural ideals, new social inequalities or deprivations caused by the oppressive presence of global forces, etc. etc. Papers should focus on specific narratives from literature or cinema in all South Asian languages including English, but go beyond content analysis. They should contribute to a critical discussion of 'glocalization' and its application in the analysis of contemporary South Asian narratives, possibly leading to an authoritative volume of essays which add a new perspective to existing discourses in South Asian studies.