Centre for Internet & Society

The 2nd Biannual Inter Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) Summer School will be hosted in Bangalore, India by the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS) and the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) with the Inter Asia Cultural Studies Consortium. The event will be held in the first and second week of August 2012.

The IACS Summer School brings together South and East Asian experts from different disciplines as faculty for graduate and advanced research students to engage with key issues of larger social, cultural and political concerns in Cultural Studies in Asia. Any student registered in a post-graduate degree program is eligible for the IACS Summer School. There are limited seats and students will be selected based on their applications. Students registered at universities participating in the Consortium of Inter Asia Cultural Studies Institutions will be given first preference.

The Summer School 2012 proposes to integrate the teaching with core IACS faculty with the larger realities of change in South and East Asia. It proposes a 10 + 4 day structure.

Core Course: Methodologies for Cultural Studies in Asia: The Summer School offers a 10 day core course that works through seminars, taught classrooms, tutorials, open spaces, field trips and workshops. The core course shall address questions of Cultural Identity, Modernity, Nationalism, Gender, Class, Revolution and Asianism to frame an argument about relocating methods, concepts and ideas in contemporary Cultural Studies in Asia.

Aug 02

09:30-10:00 Introduction to Course/Orientation

10:00-1:00 Session 1: The Question of Knowledge

Instructors: Daniel PS Goh Nithin Manayath

The Epistemological Value of East Asian Perspective – Sun Ge

Knowledge Production in the Era of Neo-Liberal Globalisation – Kuan-Hsing Chen

Teaching versus Research? – Meaghan Morris

Student Presentations Choi, Ji Yeon
Ajinkya Shenava
Khetrimayum M Singh
Vincent Chung
Jaime Fang-Tze Hsu

Aug 03

Culture Industries workshop

Workshop party

Aug 04

Session 2: The Question of Culture

Asha Achuthan
Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

Hind Swaraj – Chs IV, VI, XII, XIII – MK Gandhi

Value Typology of Chinese Peasants and Its Transformation in Contemporary China – He Xuefeng

An Elaborative Argumentation of a Nong-Country – Zhang Shi Zhao

Student Presentations Annisa Beta
Ying-Tzu, Liu (Eva)
Li, Yen-Chieh
Sharib Aqleem Ali
Li, Cho Kiu (Joseph)
Venue: 1 Shanti Road

6:00-8:00 EVENING SALON Tejaswini Niranjana and Kuan-Hsing Chen Venue: 1 Shanti Road
Aug 05


Aug 06

10:00-1:00 Session 3: Nationalism and Modernity

Instructor: Milind Wakankar

Student Presentations:
Mai Thi Thu
Baidurya Chakrabarti
Zhang, Bing
Musab Iqbal
Meng Hsien Lu

On Nation – Zhang Tai Yan

Nationalism in India –
Rabindranath Tagore

New Dominant Ideology and Changes of Urban Space in Today's Shanghai – Wang Xiaoming

The Twilight of Certitudes: Secularism, Hindu Nationalism and Other Masks of Deculturation – Ashis Nandy

A National Culture for Pakistan: the political economy of a debate – Saadia Toor

Instructor: Madhuja M
Student Presentations:
Pan Yifan
Zhang Zhihui
Se Young Oh

EVENING SALON Stephen Chah and Ashish Rajadhyaksha Venue: Centre for Internet and Society
Aug 07
10:00-1:00 Session 4: Culture and Economy Instructors:
Radhika P
Raghu Tenkayala

In the Margin of the Capital: From ‘Tjerita Boedjang Bingoeng’ to ‘Si Doel anak sekolahan’

The Emergent Culture of Consumption – Chua Beng Huat

‘Bollywood’ 2004; When Was Bollywood – Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Peasant Cultures of the 21st Century – Partha Chatterjee

3:00-5:00 Student Presentations Chan Ka Yi
Kim Yoon Young
Tanna Shilpa Shirishkumar
Ruchi Jaggi
Haesook Yong

Aug 08
10:00-1:00 Session 5: Gender and Culture Instructors:
Navaneetha Mokkil
Nitya Vasudevan
Why Culture Matters – Tejaswini Niranjana

Prostitutes Parasites and the house of state feminism – Naifei Ding

Women and Freedom – Firdous Azim

Letters to the Editor: The domestic violence act and conflict

Spectralization of the Rural: Reinterpreting the labour mobility of rural young women in post-Mao China – Yan Hairong

3:00-5:00 Student Presentations Elmo I-Che Hsu
Pang Ka Wei (Janet)
Li-Fang Lai
Kris Yu-Shiuan Chi
Samia Vasa
Shwetha D
Ryu M-Rye
Sabreena Ahmed

6:00-8:00 EVENING SALON Firdous Azim and Naifei Ding/Siddharth/Arvind in conversation Venue: Alternative Law Forum
Aug 09
10:00-1:00 FIELD TRIP SURESH JAYARAM – Pettai Tour
Aug 10
10:00-1:00 Session 6: Understanding Popular Cultural Practice Instructors:
Namita Malhotra
Nishant Shah
Hong Kong Action film in the Indian B Circuit – SV Srinivas

Inter-Asia Comparative Framework: Postcolonial Film Historiography in Taiwan and South Korea Kim Soyoung

Fan Bhakti and Subaltern Sovereignty – Madhava Prasad

3:00-5:00 Student Presentations Samhita Sunya
Khatija Sana Khader
Ayesha Maria Mualla
Antoreep Sengupta

Aug 11

UNWORKSHOP DAY (Writing) Evening: Final Party

Optional Courses: 2 Additional 4-days parallel Courses shall be offered to participants interested in specialised inquiries of their research practice.

Course A. The Digital Subject: Science, Technology and Society in Asia

  • Course Coordinator: Nishant Shah
  • Course Instructors: Nishant Shah, Lawrence Liang and Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Course B. Research Seminar on Technology, Culture & the Body

  • Course Coordinator: Nitya Vasudevan
  • Course Instructors: Tejaswini Niranjana, DING Naifei, Audrey Yue, Wing-Kwong Wong, Hsing-Wen Chang, Nitya Vasudevan


A National Culture for Pakistan: the political economy of a debate – Saadia Toor


A National Culture for Pakistan: the political economy of a debate – Saadia Toor