ISSN: 17564921
Online ISSN: 1756493X
First published in 2009
2 issues per volume
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Call for Papers

Studies in South Asian Film and Media (SAFM) is the most promising peer-reviewed new journal in the field. It is committed to looking at the media and cinemas of the Indian subcontinent in their social, political, economic, historical, and increasingly globalized and diasporic contexts. The journal will evaluate these topics in relation to class, caste, gender, race, sexuality, and ideology. The last few decades have witnessed South Asian cinema and media emerging as significant areas of academic inquiry. The journal is dedicated to building a space for a critical and interdisciplinary engagement with issues, themes and realities of cinema and media theory. The scope of the journal will incorporate the concerns of scholars, students, activists and media practitioners.

In this era of global communication, when the all-pervasive presence of media is no more in question, an intense debate concerning its political, ideological, and cultural impact has led to a highly complex and rapidly evolving field of inquiry. 
We invite contributions from scholars, researchers and practitioners of South Asian film and media. Possible areas include but are not limited to:
  • Film and Media as social history.
  • Feminist analysis and theory in film/media studies and practice
  • Class, caste, and sexuality: The politics of subalterneity and marginalization in film/media studies.
  • Contemporary media/ documentary and the public sphere. Interviews with documentary film makers.
  • Global media consumer culture and labor in the cultural industries.
  • News, citizenship, democracy, and the neo-liberal restructuring of media industry.
  • Nationalism and Regional cinema in the context of neo-liberalism.
  • Globalization/Diaspora/ South Asian representation.
  • Cinema and the other arts. 
  • Contemporary arts practices, cinema, and visual culture.
Articles should be between 6,000 – 8,000 words in length. Please note that articles should be original and not be under consideration by any other publication. For detailed submission instructions please click here
SAFM also, welcomes shorter pieces that are either creative or analytical (between 1,000 – 4,000 words) as well as visual material. All initial enquires should be sent to the editors at
Contributors will get a free copy of the issue and a 50% discount on subsequent copies.
Special issue on ‘The Region’
The economic and political/cultural impact and transformation due to neoliberal policies and the globalizing agendas of capital are to be seen at the level of the region as much as they are at the national.  Indeed, under the thrust of global financial and technological forces the region as a linguistic, geographical and political entity is at once sutured to and independent of the nation. The power of capital and corporations, often circumventing the national structures of power and governance, allows them to directly intervene into and shape the affective and ideological landscape of specific regions. The very process of integration into capital is disintegrative, heightening the region even as it dissolves its distance from capital.
Regions are distinguished by the pace and direction of change in political cultures and life style, struggles for resources and identity politics and the rise of new hierarchies of local power. At the same time mobility, migration and disembodied interactions in cyberspace complicate the conceptual and experiential modalities of the region.
Several questions related to the economics and politics of language and literatures, print, visual, internet and educational media, forms, genres and identities will throw up new answers if reconfigured or addressed through the lens of the region.  The distinct geographical and linguistic formations, identities and markets of readers, fans, audiences, bloggers etc. also need to be explored via the matrix of the region. Equally urgent are the questions of ownership, access and mobilization of forms, channels and media of information and knowledge production. 
This special issue of Studies in South Asian Film and Media invites articles mobilizing the framework of the region to articulate concerns in print, visual, literary, educational, performative, internet and other media. 
Contributions (6000- 8000 words) are invited but need not be confined to the following topics:
1.     Language, statehood and markets
2.     State government and policy (related to education, 
        publication, creative production)
3.     Translation, publication
4.     Landscape and identity
5.     Authenticity and expression
6.     Caste, gender and representation
7.     New forms and audiences, readers, fans
8.     News Media and political power
9.     Cinema- New directions
10.   Genre – literary, cinematic, performative
11.   Politics and entertainment
12.    Markets – production, distribution exhibition and 
13.    Internet, digital technologies and the democratization
        (?) of creativity
14.    Geography, space and affect
15.    New practices of communication..
Dates and submissions
Abstracts of 500 words along with author bio should be emailed to  by the April 30, 2015.
In addition to critical essays of 6000-8000 words, we also welcome shorter creative pieces of 2000-4000 words in the form of interviews, photo essays (B/W), speculative pieces, original translations of very short stories and poems from regional languages with or without poets/translator’s note reflecting on language, region, translation etc.
The deadline for the first draft is June 10 2015. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and the final submission will be due by August 30, 2015.
All copyrights are to be cleared by the authors. Guidelines to the Intellect house-style are available at

Notes for Book Reviewers:
SAFM regularly publishes critically engaged book reviews that further the dialogue on South Asian cinema and media culture.  We are especially interested in clearly written, comparative analyses that can locate single or multiple contemporary works in the broader historical context of South Asian media studies.  Innovative juxtapositions of scholarship and artistic practice; books and popular media artifacts; interviews and book reviews are especially welcome.  We will carry reviews of single author manuscripts as well as edited anthologies.

Book reviews should not generally be longer than 1500 words.  Please contact the book review editor in advance for projects that might exceed this limit.  Please include a short bio note to accompany your book review.   The title of your review should include all information on the book including publisher, place of publication, page numbers.  See as follows:

Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India’s New Media Assemblage, Amit S. Rai, (Durham: Duke UP, 2009). pp281
Reviewed by Shreerekha Subramanian

Please use Times New Roman 12 point font and double space your review.  We prefer that reviews do not have endnotes or footnotes.  For further details on citations and formatting please see the submission guidelines on our webpage.
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