National Law University, Orissa is organizing a workshop on Addressing Social and Legal Issues through Popular Media on September 9, 2022, at NLUO Campus.
The National Law University Odisha (NLUO) was established in 2009 by Act IV of 2008 of the State of Odisha. The University is located in the city of Cuttack, where the seat of the Orissa High Court is situated.
About the Workshop
Traditionally, art has been an accessible media instrument for communication. In the case of popular arts like films or dramas that heavily influence popular culture, the impact it can have is manifold. It acts as a mirror of society with conformist as well as defiant voices. Sometimes, popular art goes beyond entertainment and portrays many social and legal issues, leading society and social workers to move forward.
Even though the primary objective of a film or drama is to entertain or engage the audience, it also has the potential to question and alter an existing legal framework. It is a form of communication that can bring about changes by raising awareness and affecting a society’s laws, norms and beliefs. The creators may express opinions about a well-known issue or at times even lift the veil of an unseen issue of past and present. It could be about injustice towards a minority or stigmatised people, a major historical event, legal and social fiction or documentary films.
Despite the physical distance, it can still manage to provide a personal experience. For instance, the release of TJ Gnanavel’s Jai Bhim was instrumental in educating the people about the plight of marginalised communities to a point where the Tamil Nadu government took measures to ensure social justice for tribal communities of the state. It has inspired scholars and academicians from the field of social science, media and law to perceive and understand the convergence of Law, Literature and Films.
Objectives of the Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to learn and understand how popular media addresses different social and legal issues by bringing the representation of the marginalised population against stigmatisation to the forefront. The workshop, thus, is especially focusing on the importance of Cultural Therapy as a major instrument in the reformation and rehabilitation of marginalised populations and its contribution to research and academics. Hence, inviting students, scholars and academicians of law, social sciences, literature, film studies, and other humanities streams for this innovative event.
About the Resource Person
Mr Nigel Akkara, starting from a series of upheaval as an ex-inmate after his release from Presidency Correctional Home, Kolkata in 2009, got a new and reformed life as an actor. He made his acting debut in the year 2012 with Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy’s Bengali movie Muktodhara.
The workshop shall be open to Undergraduate/Postgraduate students, research scholars and academicians from fields of Law, Social Sciences, Literature, Film Studies and Management.
How to Register?
- Interested candidates shall submit their CVs along with the proof of payment on this link.
- The payment shall be made to the following account: Name of the Account Holder: Registrar, National Law University, Odisha; Name of the Bank: State Bank of India; Address of the Bank: National Law University, Cuttack. Sector-13 CDA, Cuttack-753015; Account No: 33807919875; Type of Account: Saving; MICR No.: 753002034; RTGS/NEFT IFSC: SBIN0017678; SWIFT CODE: SBININBB768
- Students- INR 150/-
- Full time/ Part Time Research Scholars- INR 500/-
- Academicians and Faculties- INR 750/-
The registration fees for in-house participants :
- Undergraduate/Postgraduate-Students/Research scholars- INR 150/-
- Academicians and Faculties- INR 500/-
- Registration Deadline – August 31, 2022
- Date of the Event – September 9, 2022
Schedule of the Workshop
- Session I: Understanding Law & Society through Cinema (11:00 AM -1:00 PM)
- Session II: Law and Film for Academics and Research (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
- Certificates would be issued on full completion of the Workshop by the Participants.
- Full attendance Participation in both sessions would be mandatory for this purpose.
Moot Court cum Seminar Hall, 2nd floor Academic Block, National Law University, Odisha, Kathajodi Campus, SEC – 13, CDA, Cuttack – 753015, Odisha (India).
In case of queries, please contact – filmsociety[at]nluo.ac.in