Though only a century old, the cinema has captured the essence of human civilizations across time & space. As a meeting point between science, technology, visual arts, music, drama & commerce, it is in a sense, an epitome of human civilization itself. Simultaneously operating at two levels of creation--the process of film making & its final product the film--cinema illuminates the dialectics between past & present, fact & fiction, reality & imagination.
Indian cinema too displays the above characteristic features in the specific Indian context. e.g. taking gender as a focal point, we can illustrate the changing realities & shifting perspectives in India. When Dadasaheb Phalke made the first Indian film 'Raja Harishchandra' in 1913, the role of the heroine Taramati was played by a man because no woman was ready to face camera as it was supposed to be vulgar & inappropriate to the modesty of a woman. Since then there has been such a metamorphosis in the public attitude towards cinema that today there is hardly any aspect of cinema which is not transformed by the Midas touch of the women.
The present Conference aims at exploring this wonderful relationship between cinema & women --women as audience, as characters, as actors, as singers, as dancers, as writers, as critics & as film makers. So we invite research papers dealing with women & cinema from various angles as listed below. The given list of themes is only indicative & the participants are free to choose any other relevant topic.

Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2016-12-10

Topics of submission

  • Changing Roles of Women in Indian Cinema.

  • Globalization and Representations of Women in Indian Cinema.


  • Aesthetic and Feminist Theory: Rethinking Women's Cinema

  • Feminist Cinema as Counter Cinema

  • representation of women's identity in Bollywood

  • Feminist Film Theory

  • Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future

  • Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema

  • Women, Desire, and Power in Indian Cinema

  • Images of Women in Indian movies.

  • Aesthetics of Indian Feminist Cinema.

  • Women Directors in 'Global' Art Cinema.

  • Cinematic representations of women in Indian movies.

  • Sex and women images in the Indian New Wave cinema.

  • A didactic unit about women and cinema.

  • Transnational cultural spaces in Bollywood cinema

  • Woman Becomes Goddess in Bollywood.

  • The Iconic Women of South Indian Cinema.

  • Women and Marriage in Bollywood and Diasporic Cinema

  • Cinema, Women and Nonviolence.

  • Goan Cinema.  


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  • DR MANISHKUMAR MISHRA AND DR Rupa Alias Savari Chari