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2020 Annual Graduate Student Conference: The Erotic

The 2020 Graduate Student Conference will bring together graduate students across academic disciplines to present new research on the subject of the erotic. Organized by theater and performance studies Ph.D. candidate Rishika Mehrishi, the conference seeks to explore the countless interpretations and representations of “the erotic” within the South Asian context. What are the implications of utilizing the erotic as a mode of inquiry for research and scholarship on South Asia? How is the erotic defined and shaped by different spheres of representation in contemporary South Asia? How does it affect practices of production and consumption, and experience and embodiment? The conference will consider the historical, political, economic, and social dimensions that the erotic incites.


Limited to Stanford affiliates only.


Graduate Student Organizers

Ankita Deb is a second year PhD student in Film and Media Studies at the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford. Her MPhil dissertation from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India was titled Romancing the 1970s: The Couple in Bombay Cinema, where she located speed and sex as critical markers of a new romantic modernity for the on-screen couple. Her work is primarily centered around Bombay Film and Media studies, with a focus on media archaeology,  infrastructure, waste, phenomenology and body.