At a time when undergraduate education in India is being reconstituted through the creation of new universities, traditional disciplines are yielding to new questions. Inter-disciplinary conversations are throwing out new challenges, and necessitate the participation of all stake-holders in addressing the questions. To collaborate on these new interrogations, we invite undergraduate students to express, participate, and engage the cultural implications of our times. Informed by concepts, practices and methodologies that have emerged from cultural studies, there is an urgent need to stimulate comparative conversations and actively build up our analyses. By inviting younger voices to challenge and engage existing scholarship, this conference seeks to consolidate empirical and theoretical studies on the state of the nation.

By this, we hope to better understand the aspirations and visions of undergraduate students in influencing India’s cultural future.


– Power, culture and knowledge: Re-examining how mythology and society align across Indian history

– The City: Community spaces and reconstitutions of urban forms and solidarities; Gendering discourses on bodies and public space

– Regional writing and minor literatures: Translating bhasha literatures and comparative studies

– Dramatic adaptations: Storytelling in narrative modes such as dastangoi, naqal, bideshi, nautanki, tamasha etc.

– Food Studies: Narrating identity through regions to de-emphasize geographic

– Digital humanities: Recuperating collective memory through crowd-sourced archival collections in new media such as the Indian Memory Project, the Traveling Archive etc.

– “Indian-ness” Re-imagined: Mapping popular culture, film and commercial writing

– Critical Theory in India: Re-visiting political philosophy

– Legal Studies: Querying colonial legacies, constitutionalism, minority rights, censorship and governance


Due to a professed belief in research driven undergraduate education, this conference explicitly invites students of colleges across India toward constituting an academic community and facilitating research and advocacy on cultural questions that frame our time.

This will be held on February 28 2016 at the FLAME University campus in Pune.

We welcome submissions for papers, panels and posters. Abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted to cultural.studies@flame.edu.in no later than December 30, 2015.

Kindly include your name and paper topic in the e-mail subject, state your institutional affiliation and course specialization in the body of the message.


Re-thinking Cultural Studies in India