South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Dubai Vernaculars: Migratory Aesthetics and Media Mobilities of the Contemporary

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building

Dubai, the petro modernist city of the Gulf Region is a spectacular “media city” with its incorporation of media technologies of everyday life and embedded media practices in the city’s infrastructure. The Petro modernist city is also a major transregional city of migration. The multilingual migrant communities comprised of various nationalities of Asia, Africa, and the Middle Eastern countries have taken themselves to the digital media to tell stories of migrant life as not just dominated by the paradigm of utilitarian economism and rational choice but as complex social beings and inhabitants of an emotional landscape of migration. As transnational productions, they employ a media trans-linguality that disrupts dominant visual systems. Relinquishing the focus on mainstream film and television production, this paper will focus on the ancillary migrant production that is linguistically diverse, formally heterogeneous and encompasses a wide range of genres. While attempting to read these texts closely, the paper will also interrogate the relations between mediation and motilities, both as processual and constituted as assemblages of movement, technology, experience and social imaginary. 

Bindu Menon

University of Delhi, Netherlands

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