Art and Populism


Call for Papers

This section will be a reflection on art and aesthetics examining the relationship between art and populism. The first strand of reflection could be on how populist governments around the world are using the art/culture/media industries and institutions to propagate their ideologies. The second strand of writing could be on how popular resistance movements against populist regimes have deployed artistic creations in claim-making. For this conference, topics related to the following are welcome but are not limited to:

  • Literary practices

  • Criticism, public sphere

  • Cinematic Populism

  • Digital Cultures

  • Popular Culture

  • Visual Culture

  • Ecocriticism

  • Catachresis

  • Methods of knowledge: An Intersection of Philosophy and Literature

  • Eco semiotics

  • Sound and Space

  • Temporality in Populist Revivalism

  • Body, Mental Illness, and Female Language

  • Language of Space

Panel Conveners

Dr. Shobhana Mathew

Section Editor of 'Art and Populism' in the Encyclopaedia

Dr. Shobhana Mathews is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bangalore. She completed her PhD from CHRIST University, India and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Her research areas of interest include in the area of performance studies, minority studies and aesthetics. She has published several articles in scholarly journals and periodicals.

Dr. Mithilesh Kumar

Section Editor of 'Art and Populism' in the Encyclopaedia

Dr. Mithilesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in English and Cultural Studies at Christ University, India. He has earned a PhD in Culture and Society from Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests include cultural theory, political theory, and social theory with emphasis on migration and questions and issues of justice. He has published on populism, migration, and postcolonial-postsocialist theories.

Confirmed Participants

Interest: Shakespeare literature

Dr. Duncan Driver is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra, in Australia. He has published many articles on aspects of Shakespeare, English poetry and literature-focused English teaching. He is the co-author of Secondary English: Subject and Method (2020), published by Cambridge University Press, and is currently co-authoring a book about the teaching of Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

Interest: Ecocriticism, Graphic Novels, American literature and Indian literature

Prof. Deepak Sarvanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. He is currently pursuing his PhD in English Literature from Periyar University, Salem.

Interest: American populism and race relations examined through theatre

Dr. Dan Stenman is a tenured professor, director, actor, and playwright who lives in Waco, Texas, USA. Dr. Denman has been teaching at Baylor University in the Department of Theatre Arts since 1992, where he also served as chairman for 18 years. As a director, he has directed over 30 mainstage productions at Baylor University and beyond.

Interest: Gender and cultural studies, marginalized literature, psycho-literary studies and disability studies

Dr. Deepali Mallya M is an assistant professor at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA. Her areas of research interest include gender and cultural studies, marginalized literature, psycho-literary studies and disability studies.

Interest: Postcolonial Cultural Studies, Precarity Studies, Education Studies and Environmental Cultures of South India

Dr. Anupama Nayar CV is a faculty at the Department of English and Cultural Studies at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. She teaches Postcolonial Studies/Literatures, British Literature, Children’s Literature and Creative Writing.

Interest: Visual culture

Dr. Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil is Assistant Professor at Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. He received his PhD in Cultural Studies from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

Interest: North and West African along with the larger Mediterranean histories, Literature and arts

Prof. Fouad Mami is a literary scholar from Algeria. His field of interest lies at the crossroads between North and West Africa along with the larger Mediterranean histories, literature and arts.

Interest: Neo-Orientalism

Prof. Bessedik Fatima Zahra is a lecturer at the Department of English, University of Oran 2, Oran, Algeria. She is a researcher in the field of English Literature and Criticism, and Postcolonial Studies. She was awarded a governmental scholarship granted by the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to pursue her MA studies in Jordan (2010-2013).

Interest: Relations of precarity, politics, Migration, Social class

Prof. Sandeepan Tripathy is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant in Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He did his MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and is a scholar at Karl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany.

Interest: Political Ideas, Identities and practises related to Citizenship Refugeehood and Statelessness

Shaheena Ahluwalia is pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Law and Social Science from Chanakya National Law University, Patna. She completed her Master’s in International Relations from King’s College, London. She has worked with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna as a research associate and at Care India as a consultant.

Interest: Methods of Knowledge: An Intersection of Philosophy & Literature

Dr. Bidyut Bhusan Jena is an assistant professor with the Department of English & Cultural Studies, School of Arts & Humanities. He completed his doctoral thesis from The English & Foreign Languages University.

He has published in journals such as Luminaire, Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language, Tattva: Journal of Philosophy, Muse India, Rock Pebbles among others.

Interest: Women and Gender Studies, Bhakti Studies, Indian Historical Traditions

Ritu Varghese is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Rourkela, Odisha. Her research interests lie in the areas of women and gender studies, Indian historical tradition and bhakti studies. Her current works are on the sixteenth-century bhakti poet-saint, Mirabai on whom she has published in the Journal of Social Sciences.