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Gendered Desire in Kerala

An effort is made towards writing the immaterial and intangible coordinates of gendered sociality and connectivity into narratives of gender and development that conventionally operate on premises of quantitativeness and measurability within discourses of developmental economics. The question of whether gendered desire can be used as an index to interrogate development paradigms has been raised. Further, the shifts in sociocultural landscapes amidst a digital media revolution that has made possible new kinds of affordances around gendered, affective and networked publics has been addressed and a tentative theoretical investigation into possibilities of bringing an affective modality into developmental matrices is presented.

The Many Misogynies of Malayalam Cinema

In the context of the recent sexual molestation of an actor in a public space in Kerala, this article analyses Malayalam cinema’s language of neo-liberal governmentality that seeks to police gendered subjectivities and regiment them within its diegetic and social terrains. It looks at the new kinds of networks forged between culture industries, the ideological state apparatus, a transformed civil society, corporate agendas, and individual actors in evolving newer forms of surveillance and punishment of bodies marginalised by gender and sexuality. The aporia of Kerala’s modernity that results in certain retrograde tendencies is most evident in its cinematic discourses, especially those built around its current investment in male superstardom.

Disciplining the Intimate

The recent furore over the "Kiss of Love" protest march in Kerala reveals the paradoxical nature of the state's polity and the link between discourses on morality and the maintenance of regimes of power.

The Politics of Namelessness

The 2014 National Film Awards for the best film on environment conservation was bagged by a Malayalam film on the nameless workers who keep a city running.

The Celluloid Women of Kerala

For all its applauded elan, Malayalam cinema has engendered the myth and the mystique of the “empowered” Malayali woman.
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