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H-ASIA October 29, 2013 Call for Papers on Kerala Modernity, edited volume of essays ******************************************************************* From: H-Net Announcements <announce@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> Call for Papers on Kerala Modernity Location: India Call for Papers Date: 2013-11-08 (in 10 days) Date Submitted: 2013-10-23 Announcement ID: 207862 Call for Papers on Kerala Modernity Region as a spatial category has become an emergent concept in interrogating modernity. Much of the existing scholarship, even while conceding region its specificities and conceiving it as imaginatively and discursively constructed, tend to view it as a binary or sub- category to the nation. Especially the modernization theories of 1950s and 1960s consider cultural forms and economic specificities of a locality/region within the nation. But locating an area within the nation state does not provide satisfactory answers to many of the contemporary concerns. Therefore studies on industrialization, urbanization, world capitalism, technologies, resource utilization and culture need to be located in the context of ‘region’ and time to incorporate micro level actors, structure and processes. The proposed volume, taking Kerala as the focus, seeks to problematise region in all its valences - as territory, geography, imagination, construct, practice and site of contestations. The language based state formation has assumed a unified political entity of Kerala that substituted the pre-existing political divisions of Travancore, Kochi and Malabar. Following which, as scholars have highlighted, Kerala is attributed uniqueness in academic and non-academic discourses mainly by virtue of the existence of matrilineal system among certain groups, legacy of caste and community based reform movements, the strong presence of communism in its parliamentary mode right from the formation of the state and a development model that has been celebrated as exemplary for the third world. While the region has undergone decisive modifications especially during the anti-colonial struggles, Malayali nationalism that emerged in the same period is also caught in contradictory articulations s! uch as the popular narratives of Keralolpatty invoking the idea of Keralam to prehistoric past as well as the defining active presence of diverse religions within the region. The attempt to integrate Kerala as a unique category in geographic, demographic, historical, economic, socio-political and cultural terms need to be re-examined to understand different layers of modern formations. Using region as a critical category in the study of Kerala, needs to go beyond this assumed singularity to capture it as a constantly (re)forming rhizomatic category. The inquiries need to go beyond the singular narrative of Kerala and address its specificities including the history of maritime connections/formations within the sub-continent, the different kinds of colonial formations and the ongoing-globalization processes, that constitute the region as a complex space. Maintaining an interdisciplinary perspective, the volume invites papers that would explore Kerala as a porous, internally fragmented and contested region from varied disciplinary locations and standpoints. The papers may be on but not limited to the following themes: 1 Spatial Divisions and Imaginations: Spatial imaginations prior to the linguistic formations of Kerala Relation between the nation and the region Outward and inward movements of people Theorizing early conceptions of space- naadu, desam etc. Urbanisation, globalisation and the new constitutions of spaces Circulation of capital/commodities/people/idea and the formation of region 2) Geography as a site of practice: Urban processes and rural-urban dichotomy Processes of state formations Networks of land, water and changing idea of region 3) Identity, Religion and Cultural Practices: Negotiations between religion and region- specifically Islam, Christianity and Judaism Cultural practices including performance, visual art, cinema, literature and other popular and ritualistic practices. Identity articulations and formations- class, gender, caste, Ethnicity, Diaspora etc. 4) Political and Social movements Social and political struggles: Changes and continuities Contemporary social & political movements Governmentality, public policy and state practices Region beyond Regionalism: Theoretical Insights Please send abstracts by November 8th to editors, Ameet Parameswaran firstname.lastname@example.org; Justin Mathew, email@example.com; Rachel Varghese, firstname.lastname@example.org Ameet Parameswaran, Visiting Faculty Ameet Parameswaran, Visiting Faculty, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Phone: +91-7838080603 Email: email@example.com H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. 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