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March 10 SASP seminar: The Contemporary Hindi Historical Film

March 5th, 2014

The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will continue its spring 2014 seminar series with a lecture by Corey Creekmur titled “Experiments with Truth: The Contemporary Hindi Historical Film.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held Monday, March 10, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Chai and snacks will be served.

Corey Creekmur

The popular Hindi film genre of the "historical" has conventionally focused on the distant past, especially the spectacle and splendor of the Mughal Empire.  In recent decades, however, Hindi films have turned to recreations of the more recent past, depicting figures and events from modern history such as M. K. Gandhi and the independence struggle, a shift in focus that revises the model of the historical genre itself.  This presentation considers the implications of the recent historical film in India, which draws upon a past that is often within the living memory of its audience, or which has been recorded and preserved in part through the modern technologies of photography and documentary cinema.  Particular attention will be paid to the often inventive formal strategies used by recent filmmakers to dramatize historiography — the writing of history — itself.

Creekmur is an associate professor of English and film studies at the UI. He is also affiliated with Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies and the South Asian Studies Program.  His work includes research on American and Hindi cinema, representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture, and comics.

This event is sponsored by SASP and International Programs. To see the full list of SASP events for spring 2014, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at 319-335-3862.