Diasporic art: Writing/visualising back and writing/visualising into being

Khorana, Sukhmani (2009). Diasporic art: Writing/visualising back and writing/visualising into being. In: Terry Flew, ANZCA'09: Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (453-465). 8-10 July 2009.

Author Khorana, Sukhmani
Title of paper Diasporic art: Writing/visualising back and writing/visualising into being
Conference name ANZCA'09: Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 8-10 July 2009
Place of Publication Campbell, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9871741072754; 1741072751
Editor Terry Flew
Start page 453
End page 465
Total pages 13
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The recent critical and popular acclaim won by films like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Deepa Mehta’s Water is putting the creative works of diasporic artists in general, and South Asian diasporic artists in particular on the world map. This interest in creativity that is inspired by the homeland, but not necessarily produced in the culture of origin is of pressing significance in an era torn between globalisation and regionalism. Does the diasporic hyphen, through its cultural processes and products, bridge the gap between cosmopolitan and vernacular identities? This paper, which is an introduction to a larger project on diasporic creativity, attempts to understand the genesis of diasporic art by theorising diasporic identity using Gregory Ulmer’s concept of ‘heuretics’, or the invention of a new poetics that is both theoretical and experiential. The creative and representative practices of diasporans then, are part of the postcolonial project of writing/visualising back to colonial discourse. These practices also perform the important task of writing/visualising into being a diasporic subjectivity that is rendered ambivalent in most academic and mainstream writing about diaspora. The paper will be preceded by a short excerpt from the author’s twenty-minute documentary film about the diasporic experiences of a heterogeneous group of Indians settled in South Australia.
Keyword Diaspora
Heuretic
Diasporic creativity
Diasporic cinema
South Asia
Transnationality
Ethnicity
Cosmopolitanism
Globalisation
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes ISBN incorrectly assigned: should be 9871741072752. Authors' prepress title: "Diasporic Creativity: Writing/Visualising Back and Writing/Visualising into Being".

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