Thursday, October 13

08:30-9:00 Breakfast

09:00-9:20 Introduction: Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California Santa Barbara

Session I

Moderator: Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California Santa Barbara

09:20-10:20 Anustup Basu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
More Things in Heaven and Earth: Satyajit Ray and Brahmo Worldliness  

10:20-11:20 Manishita Dass, Royal Holloway
Wonder, Wanderings, and World-Making: Cosmopolitan Projections in Satyajit Ray’s Fiction and Films

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Sukanta Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University
Figures for the Political: From Raja to Hirak Raja

12:30-2:00 Lunch

Session II

Moderator: Sara Pankenier Weld, UC Santa Barbara

2:00-3:00 Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis
Ray and the Lens of Childhood

3:00-4:00 Meredith Bak, Rutgers University
Wonder and the Childhood Imaginaries of Satyajit Ray

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

Session III

4:15-5:30 Ray Field Notes

Moderator: Patrice Petro, University of California, Santa Barbara

Amrita Biswas, Goethe University
Cinephilic Wonder and Anxiety: The Sacred Value of the Apu Trilogy OCNs

Trinankur Banerjee, University of California, Santa Barbara
Must We Capture What Makes Us Wonder? On the Comic Vision of Satyajit Ray

Ray’s poster for Devi ( aka The Goddess, 1960)

Friday, October 14

09:00-09:30 Breakfast

Session IV

Moderator: Utathya Chattopadhyaya, University of California, Santa Barbara

09:30-10:30 Priyadarshini Shanker, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Madhavi Mukherjee Performs the Modern: Satyajit Ray’s Wondrous Woman

10:30-11:30 Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota
Magic, Modernity, and the Unresolved Question of Optimism in Parash Pathar

11:30-11:40 Break

11:40-12:40 Brinda Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Sapiophilic Imaginaries

12:40-2:00 Lunch

Session V

Moderator: Naoki Yamamoto, University of California, Santa Barbara

2:00-3:00 Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University
The Optical Field: Seeing in Ray’s Cinema

3:00-4:00 Moinak Biswas, Jadavpur University
The Eye and the Veil: Ray’s Discoveries

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

Session VI

4:15-06:00pm Reflections and Speculations

Moderator: Anna Brusutti, University of California, Santa Barbara

Colin Gardner, University of California, Santa Barbara

Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara

Raja Guhathakurta, University of California, Santa Cruz

Title page illustration for Ray’s story Corvus, featuring the scientist Professor Shonku; first published in the annual puja issue of Anandamela (October 1972).

Saturday, October 15

09:00-09:30 Breakfast

Session VII

Moderator: Anjali Arondekar, University of California Santa Cruz 

9:30-10:30 Meheli Sen, Rutgers University
Uncanny Ray: The Horrific and the Wondrous from Khagam to Monihara

10:30-11:30 Projit Bihari Mukharji, UPenn/Ashoka University 
Reincarnating Ray: Outlines of an Indian Cosmism

11:30-11:40 Break

11:40-12:40 Hannah Goodwin, Mount Holyoke College
Deep Time in the Cinema of Satyajit Ray

12:40-2:00 Lunch

Session VIII

Moderator:  Cristina Venegas, University of California, Santa Barbara

2:00-3:00 Pinaki De, Raja Peary Mohan College
A Fine Balance: Form and Technique in the Graphic Designs of Satyajit Ray

3:00-4:00 Vinzenz Hediger, Goethe University
Genealogies of Wonder. The Art Documentaries of Satyajit Ray

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

Session IX

4:15-5:30 Roundtable: Archiving Ray in Print

Moderator: Regina Longo, Brown University

Ray’s poster for Aranyer Din Ratri (aka Days and Nights in the Forest, 1970)