112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Postcolonialism and the Technological Uncanny

Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon

Sangita Gopal is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. She is author of Conjugations: Marriage and Film Form in New Bollywood Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and co-editor of two collections of essays on Indian and Asian cinema. She is currently at work on two projects - one on self-reflexivity in Indian cinema and the other on intermediality and gender in Indian cinema.


Postcoloniality has been frequently theorized as an uncanny condition where the signs and norms of the colonizer's culture repeat but at a temporal remove. This paper explores the place and function of technology within this uncanny terrain. How does technology that always arrives - at least in the post colony - as a harbinger of the new and unknown interface with the temporal delay that has characterized postcolonialism? How, in turn, is technology rendered uncanny in the course of the encounter with the postcolonial double? Why is technological display so crucial to postcolonial modes of representation, and what secrets do such forms of publicity conceal?