The conference will focus on the significance of Shah Rukh Khan for the new dynamics of global Bollywood. It wants to bring together research, scholars and representatives from the Film Industry that are dedicated to various aspects of his work, his star power, and his embodiment of values, attitudes or emotions. These topics are also connected with general questions about stardom as a way to make meaning in a media centred world. Moreover, Shah Rukh Khan will be discussed as a mode of representation of a postcolonial and globalized India. SRK has the reputation of holding the largest audience in the contemporary world of cinema comprising people from diverse places and cultural backgrounds. Thus, the conference will put strong emphasis on studies of reception, audiences and fandom. A particular point of interest in this context is the prevailing role of Shah Rukh Khan for new Bollywood audiences in several European countries.
Located in the centre of Europe the conference wants to act as a meeting point between European and international scholarship on Shah Rukh Khan and Global Bollywood. In addition, it has the aim to engage with young scholars on the topic, and to provide a platform to showcase their studies.
02 Will Shah Rukh Khan attend the opening of the conference?
Unfortunately Mr. Khan cannot attend the conference. SRK is shooting with a large cast and crew for his forthcoming film Ra.One and regrets that it is impossible to reschedule this commitment.
03 Where does the conference take place?
The conference takes place at the University of Vienna, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in the New Department Building (Neues Institutsgebäude NIG, Univeristätsstr.7, 4th floor).
04 Where does the opening of the conference take place?
The opening takes place at the Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde, Hofburg) and starts at 2pm.
05 What is the exact schedule of the contributions?
The schedule will be published on the homepage in September.
06 How does the registration work?
You can register on the homepage using the tab "Registration".
B. At the Conference
The registration desk is located in the conference office (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in the New Department Building (Neues Institutsgebäude NIG, Univeristätsstr.7, 4th floor, Seminarraum 1).
07 Is it possible to attend the conference on only one of the days?
It is possible to attend the conference on specific days, but there are no single tickets available.
For press registration please contact Christian Rogler (firstname.lastname@example.org) after September 1st.
08 How much is the entrance/ conference fee?
The conference fee is € 80 (for students € 40).
09 What does the conference fee include?
The conference fee includes access to all features of the programme, as well as snacks at the conference opening, two lunches and four coffee breaks (Friday and Saturday). Please keep in mind the costs in addition to the conference fee: the travel and accommodation expenses.
10 Do students get a reduced conference fee?
Yes, students get a reduced conference fee. The ticket fee is € 40 per person (valid for all three days).
11 Where can I find the preliminary program/ agenda?
You can access the preliminary program on this website by clicking on the "Program" tab. Please note that the program is subject to change.
12 Is there also vegetarian food available?
Yes, there is vegetarian food available. You can find pastries during the coffee breaks and during lunch time we offer a vegetarian meal.
13 How do I get to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology?
You can find the directions by clicking on the "Venues" tab on this website.
14 How do I get to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology?
Please use the google map service that is provided on this website. You can access it by clicking on the 'Venues' tab.
A. From the airport:
Please use the online service of Vienna's public transport.
- Please enter 'Airport Vienna' as place of departure and 'Universitätsstrasse 7' as the destination address.
B. From the train station:
Please use the online service of Vienna’s public transport.
- If you are arriving from the west, north or east of Europe: Please enter 'Westbahnhof' as place of departure and 'Universitätsstrasse 7' as the destination address.
- If you are arriving from the south of Europe: Please enter the stop 'Westbahnhof' as place of departure and 'Universitätsstrasse 7' as the destination address.
C. By car:
- Please note that you need parking tickets in all of the main districts during 8 am and 10 pm. If you consider travelling to Vienna by car, we recommend you to visit www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation/parking/shortterm.htm, here you can find further information on the short term parking regulations.
15 Where can I find accommodations?
You can find a few suggestions regarding accommodations close to the conference venues by clicking on the "Accommodation" tab on this website.
16 Where are the hotels situated?
Please click on the 'venues' tab for location details.
Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 14:00
Museum of Ethnology/Museum für Völkerkunde
Neue Burg, 1010 Wien