New Cultures of Intimacy and Togetherness in Asia (Delhi)

New Delhi, India, May 9-10, 2008

This conference seeks to bring together scholars working across areas such as sociology, gender studies, film/media studies, anthropology, popular culture, and urban studies in order to explore emerging cultures of intimacy and friendship in contemporary non-Western contexts.

We are particularly interested in perspectives that relate the topic to the making of social selves at a time great economic and cultural change in many Asian societies. Socially, ‘non-Western’ has often been considered synonymous with traditional, conservative, static and illiberal, particularly in contexts of intimate/personal relationships that are expected to conform to certain values, norms and expectations of heritage.

However, following modernity at large and specific influxes of change like economic liberalization, globalization and the worldwide web, there is, increasingly, a perception (if not a belief) that social structures and networks have been affected, and “new” cultures of intimacy and togetherness are emergent (if not already established). There is a decided conviction that such new structures and networks are visible in day-to-day contexts at work, home and leisure, and that they reflect political, cultural, emotional and intellectual transitions and upheavals.

At this conference, we would like to explore this notion of emergent cultures of “new” intimacies and togetherness in the contemporary non-Western world, in as varied a social and cultural register as possible.

Inquiries and expressions of interest to: intimaciesconference (AT) yahoo.com

Brinda Bose, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, India
Sanjay Srivastava, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

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Comment from: Swee L. Ho [Visitor]  
Swee L. Ho

Dear Madam/Sir

The theme of the conference is very apt and timely, given the ways that the global media is shaping new ideas and practices of intimate, familial and social relationships. I would definitely like to participate in this conference. I am currently working intimacy/intimacies in Japan for a doctoral degree in Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Could you please send me information about the conference, panels, grants, etc.? Thank you.


2007-10-26 @ 06:31
Comment from: lorenz [Member]  

Dear Swee L. Ho, please send an email to the organizer of the conference: intimaciesconference (AT) yahoo.com

2007-10-26 @ 13:36
Comment from: Dr Nupur Pathak [Visitor]  
Dr Nupur Pathak

I would like to present a paper in your conference. I would be grateful if you could kindly send me the following informations stated below:
1. Last date of abstract submission,
2. information about the conference
Thanking you in anticipation
Dr Nupur Pathak
Chandigarh, India

2007-11-07 @ 07:31
Comment from: lorenz [Member]  

This i just a calendar blog and I have nothing to do with the conferences listed here. Please contact the organizers of the conferences.

2007-11-07 @ 12:44
Comment from: Kamruzzaman [Visitor]  


I am Kamruzzaman from Dhaka.
Recently I’ve finished a research on
well-being issue, and it has a key focus
on relatedness of Self Determination
Theory (SDT). I want to attend by
submitting a paper on community well-being.
Can you pls let me know detais about

2008-01-06 @ 11:41
Comment from: Kulwinder Kaur [Visitor]  
Kulwinder Kaur


I am a sociologist with interest in allied urban issues.The theme and questions proposed to be addressed in the conference on intimacies are of great interest to me.
Are you still accepting paper abstracts/ proposals?
Kulwinder Kaur
Centre for Culture, Media and Governance
Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi

2008-01-22 @ 18:27
Comment from: Dr. Anjali Dewan [Visitor]  
Dr. Anjali Dewan

I am intereted in attending this conference. I am a nutritionist with varied interests. Is there still time to send my Abstract as I wopuld also like to present my paper. Looking forward to hear from you.
With best wishes,
Dr. Anjali Dewan,
St. Bede’s College,

2008-04-22 @ 21:34