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Call for Submissions - Exploring Motherly Instincts: Representation of Mothers in Indian Cinema

Organization: Cafe Dissensus
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2022-04-01 Abstract Due: 2022-02-28

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Issue 63: April 2022: Exploring Motherly Instincts: Representation of Mothers in Indian Cinema

Guest-Editor: Srija Sanyal, Research Scholar, Ronin Institue, USA

Concept Note:

The figure of the mother has always been glorified and depicted in black and white without shades of grey. However, time and again filmmakers and academic thinkers have strived to push this conventional depiction to accommodate various layers associated with the concept of motherhood, as they have sought to challenge the simplistic representation of mothers in popular media. It is important to explore the maternal world further in this highly digitized, globalized and gender-neutral environment. This proposed issue of Café Dissensus aims to curate a collection of essays on the representation of mothers in films that go beyond the stereotypical portrayal of motherhood as epitomized in the figures of Nirupa Roy and Rakhee Gulzar in conventional Bollywood style, showing unconditional love toward her offspring. The proposed issue welcomes submissions on the following themes (though not limited to them):

Queerness and motherhood
Good vs. bad mothers
Evolution of the representation of mothers in cinema
Modern women and motherhood
Reimagining the domestic space
Masculinity and motherhood
Professional/foster mothers
Working mothers
Surrogacy, pregnancy and infertility
Goddesses and divinity associated with motherhood
Submission should be approximately 2000-2500 words. Please do provide a brief bio at the end of your piece. Since the magazine is geared toward both academic and non-academic readers, the citations within the body of the articles must be minimal, in the form of the name of an author or an idea, etc. The issue is planned for online publication on 1 April, 2022. Last date for submission: 28 February, 2022.

Please email your submissions to srija.sanyal@gmail.com and srija.sanyal@ronininstitute.org with the subject line ‘Submissions – Exploring Motherly Instincts’ for consideration.