This panel aims at bringing together academic filmmakers working on South Asia to present and discuss their work in the light of the emergent interest in political aesthetics of the digital documentary.
Documentary filmmaking has increasingly become an important way of expression for many scholars on South Asia. Not merely the simplified means to produce short documentaries, but also the need to disseminate knowledge outside of academia have led to a proliferation of documentaries on religion and social movements in South Asia. Three questions strike us as particularly important: How can we think about the intersection of aesthetics and scholarly practice? How do we mediate academic knowledge through the emergent forms of digital documentary? How do we negotiate between presentative strategies and the politics of representation? In this panel we aim to portray a few short documentary films followed by discussions with directors, editors, and producers. With this panel we hope to contribute to the raising interest in political aesthetics of filmmaking in recent years with a regional focus on South Asia. Films should not be longer than 25 minutes and should only be submitted if the filmmaker will also be present at the conference.