Politics and representation in sinophone cinema after the 1980s

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Chinese History / Studies, Film and Film History

This special #55 issue of Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie will investigate the relations between political context and representation of feelings in sinophone cinema since the 1980s. The 80s are a pivotal decade for “greater China”: Deng Xiaoping (in China) and Jiang Jingguo (in Taiwan) while maintaining the heritage of their predecessors, both founding figures of different versions of modern republic (Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek) struggle to stimulate a socioeconomically “liberalisation”. In the West, the 80s are stuck by the (re)discovery of the Chinese cinemas – or “sinophone” as, following Shih Shu-mei, has been described the cinema speaking Sinitic languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Minnan…)


Chinese cinemas has always been a passionate creator of stories and visions, dwelling into the intricate relationship of family and social values, political agenda and personal expressions ; focusing on the period that starts from the 1980s and arriving till our days is nevertheless particularly relevant in the Chinese world because the structures of power that governed China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were going through a dramatic turn over, and new generations of film makers had to – as their political leader – negotiate between what was perceived as a rich cultural and political heritage and the necessity to evolve to meet up with the new configurations of society (democratic movement and its dramatic showdown in Tiananmen, the end of the martial law in Taiwan, the retrocession of Hong Kong…).


This call asks to its contributors to articulate and analyse how sinophone cinema (China, Hong-Kong, Macao, Taiwan) managed to create new categories of representations and thought, how it articulated politics and emotions, how it managed to find its ways between what could be said and shown and what has to remain implicit; how each movie or director creates in a specific cultural sphere (filming stories about the past, dwelling on local repertoire, interrogating politics and society) while developing original and multiple alternatives in terms of narrative and style (from wenyi pian to avant-garde…).


This issue will specifically focus on how sinophone cinema articulates political and ideological context with representation of emotions and feelings; and how the personal trajectories of its characters depict, challenge, frame or question geopolitical macro events that shaped contemporary Chinese, Taiwanese, Hongkong, Macao societies.



Abstract (3000 signs maximum, in French or English) are to be submitted to the guest editors of Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie, Jean-Yves Heurtebise (jy.heurtebise@gmail.com) and Corrado Neri (corrado.neri@univ-lyon3.fr) before July 1, 2018 (included a short biographical note). After acceptation, contributions are expected before September 1, 2018. Texts are expected to be limited to 30000 signs, deadline September 1, 2018.


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Corrado NERI



Département Chine 


Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

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