2019 Manipal International Media Research Conference,Dubai

Organised By MAHE, Dubai and Queen Mary University, London

25th April 2019 |Thursday

Between the Local and Global: Representations of Mainstream and Marginal in Contemporary Cinema

Cinema continues to nourish our lives despite the many changes that have been brought about in the art and craft of filmmaking ever since 1895. While Bollywood and Hollywood continue their stronghold, a definite change is blowing around the world’s cultures as to what is being shown, seen and documented.

Big production houses have started looking at Netflix and other streaming houses with fear and wonder. Not just business, streaming giants like Netflix have redefined the terms of engagement with their audiences.  It is perhaps an apostle of the increasing globalized world we live in, where we are able to watch films from around the world from the comfort of our living rooms. Importantly it serves as a galaxy of scintillating narratives where mainstream houses fear or fail to enter. They also fear because streaming houses have employed the very same techniques of the big studios and production houses.

We are interested in the stories that otherwise don’t see the light of the day on such platforms, much as we are fascinated by the innovations from the mainstream industry itself. We are interested in the representations and themes that are marginal, sometimes taboo and some of them so dangerous that a few committed filmmakers risk their lives to bring those stories to us. Stories that deserved to be told, to audiences around the world. The art and craft of cinema would remain poor if it were not for the representations and diversity in cinema, so that it can continue to nourish our lives.

This year, we intend to explore the many themes that surround the representations of mainstream and marginal in contemporary cinema. The 2019 MIMRC edition aims to bring academics and practitioners together to help steer conversations and importantly explore the many facets that immediately surround us and to the many that influence us from afar.

We invite individual and co-authored papers and pre-constituted panels who can identify topics or find themselves at the intersection between local and global cinema representing trends that are dormant and dominant and those in between.

The 2019 MIMRC conference is organized by Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Film Direction and Production
  • Film Criticism and Theory
  • Film and Literature
  • Film History
  • Films and digital distribution
  • Genre studies
  • Documentary studies
  • Transnationality in films
  • Representations and constructions of identities from the perspectives of gender, ethnicity and nationalism
  • Migrant and refugee filmmaking
  • Production and representation of localism, regionalism and globalization
  • Audio studies
  • The aesthetics of cinema and other media technologies
  • Cinema and culture

Format For Abstract Submission

 Indicate “Abstract Submission” in the subject line of your email

  • Email should contain the following:
    • Stream under the Conference Theme to which it belongs
      • Title of the paper
      • Author’s name, designation , e-mail id  and educational institution
      • Short biography of the Author (50 words)
  • Paper Abstract (250 words)

Abstracts for consideration should be submitted to

It is expected that each person will submit only one (1) abstract. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, either individually or as part of any group of authors. The language and deliberations of the conference are in English.

Evaluation Criteria

 Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. Originality, novelty and significance
  2. Theoretical contribution
  3. Methodology

 Important Dates

  1. Extended date for abstract submission: 31st March 2019
  2. Notification of acceptance: 5th April 2019

Venue: MAHE campus, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), Dubai

The conference will happen at the Manipal campus in Dubai. School of Media & Communication began offering programmes in Dubai ever since 2005. Currently, the School offers programmes at the Bachelors’ and Masters’ level with specialization in print journalism, broadcast, multimedia, graphics & animation, and public relations & advertising. The School strives in combining classroom teaching with media practice and is the preferred partner with the industry here in the UAE.  Soon, the School plans to offer doctoral programmes.

Conference Coordinators

  1.Dr. Puja Mahesh  (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai)                                  2.Dr. Sabir Haque(Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai)
3.Prof. Elsa Ashish Thomas(Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai)
4.Dr. Ashvin Devasundaram ( Queen Mary University, London)
5.Dr. Yasmin Fedda (Queen Mary University, London)