The Fringe: Live on the Edge
This is where you have no limits. This is the part of TGP 2016 where you can truly be what you want to be and express yourself about anything. This is where the rebels and nonconformists gather and talk about anything and everything.
Fringe/Geekery is the track which hosts the content that doesn’t fit anywhere else. If your talk is the square peg and the other tracks are round, come to Fringe and find your place - we’ll talk about anything that you’re passionate about and want to tell us about. The zanier and more offbeat the better - we don’t have guidelines for Fringe, because there aren’t any - there is no content limitation and no restriction - come and tell us about your passion (except for the overall restrictions placed on politics and religion).
In particular, the geekery aspect of this track is unique: While modern civilisation may exist purely due to technology and the inventions of the gifted geeks among us, there are few platforms where geeks get to communicate and discuss their vision of what can be, and what must be.
This year, we hope to touch upon forward-looking sessions, participate in sessions that bridge the gap between where we are today and the fantastic future that geekdom is envisioning and creating: Renewable energy and the end of the oil economy, Elon Musk, Artificial Intelligence and interplanetary diaspora, and perhaps the end of electronic privacy as a concept.
Proposals with a flavor of futurism, rather than a rehashing of the present, are especially welcome for this track. Promote geekdom, adopt a babygeek today!
Writing a pop academic graphic novel
To engage people in a discussion and hands-on workshop on marrying the popular with academic writing and analysis- in order to maximise knowledge dissemination through the popular medium
The session would showcase the making of the graphic novel, Dream-Man, a research based fictional account of Bombay cinema and the city by utlising the iconic Amitabh Bachchan’s image as metaphor for the dynamics of change in Bombay cinema, and the city. Serving as an example for combining research and analysis with popular ways of storytelling, this session would highlight the importance of real world academic research for greater dissemination amongst knowledge seeking people.
A notebook and pencil/pen
I am a film scholar, practitioner and writer, all rolled into one. My experience in the Bombay film industry, at University where I pursue a Ph.D in Cinema Studies and my ability to combine this research in my writing makes me ideally suited to conduct this session.