Department of Anthropology

The cultural studies colloquium presents: Voice, Vision, Veil: Purdah and Pornography in the Bangladesh Film Industry

A talk by Lotte Hoek, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Mon, October 26, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The cultural studies colloquium presents: "'Voice, Vision, Veil: Purdah and Pornography in the Bangladesh Film Industry," by Lotte Hoek, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh. Prof. Hoek recently completed a PhD dissertation entitled Cut-Pieces: Obscenity and the Cinema in Bangladesh, an ethnography of the Bangladesh film industry. It analyses the controversy over ‘obscenity’ in the Bangladesh film industry. Since the early 1990s, the national film industry of Bangladesh has seen a strong increase in the production of action films that have uncertified material of a sexually explicit or violent nature inserted into its reels. This material is known as ‘cut-pieces’ and is generally considered to be obscene and vulgar (oshlil in Bengali). To investigate this phenomenon, Prof. Hoek tracked the entire lifecycle of a single Bangladeshi romantic action film.

 

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