P17
Self in performance: contemporary life narratives in South Asia

Convenors:
Monika Browarczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University )
Alaka Atreya Chudal (University of Vienna)
Location:
Room 112
Start time:
29 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

The panel focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to study of life narratives in South Asia. By life narratives we understand not only literary texts but texts of culture. Scholars of various disciplines are invited to consider how the self is constructed in these life narratives.

Long abstract:

The panel focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to study of life narratives in South Asia. By life narratives we understand not only literary texts but texts of culture (oral traditions, interviews, performances, art, cinema, and social media etc.). Scholars of various disciplines are invited to consider how the self is constructed in these life narratives. Here, the concept of the self in performance allows for definition of the self as heterogeneous, fluid and liminal. Mapping the multiplicity of the self in particular life narratives, we simultaneously emphasize the multiplicity of forms of narrating the self in the South Asian context. The focus on contemporary texts of culture provides an insight into the complexity of contemporary South Asian society undergoing major transformations, particularly the social campaign for the inclusion of previously marginalised and excluded histories and stories by, for instance, Dalit writers and LGBT activists. We invite contributions focussing on, but not restricted to, the following: autobiographical practices of women and/or other marginalized actors in literature, cinema, and other media; the construction and fluidity of self-identity and responses to it on social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc.). We encourage papers presenting case studies and analysis through different critical perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches.