Situating Huallywood: Cinematic Interconnections in the Asia-Pacific

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
May 14, 2016 to May 15, 2016
Location: 
China
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Film and Film History, South Asian History / Studies

Call for Papers

“Situating Huallywood: Cinematic Interconnections in the Asia-Pacific”

May 14-15, 2016

Huallywood Film Research Center, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Ningbo, China.

The Huallywood Film Research Center is pleased to announce that the call for papers for our annual conference “Situating Huallywood: Cinematic Interconnections in the Asia-Pacific” is now open. After the success of previous conferences exploring the position of Chinese cinemas in the contemporary eco-system of media (2014) and the relationship between Chinese cinemas and the various paradigms for the study of transnational cinemas (2015), this year’s conference brings Chinese cinemas in dialogue with old and new cinematic forms and practices characterising the cultural geography of the Asia-Pacific. We invite film scholars from around the Asia-Pacific region to explore the dense networks of relations characterising the making and circulation of politically and culturally encoded cinematic practices, performances and texts. Due to the multilayered nature of these relations, we encourage papers from disciplines as diverse as media economy, finance, history, cultural studies, communication and audience studies. The conference is organised around three streams: Cinema+: Structural Dimensions of the Film Industry; The Future is a Thing of the Past”: Routes of Transnational Cinemas; and “Going to the Movies”: Communities of Productive Consumption (details below).

To submit your proposals, please send a 250 word abstract and a 50 word biographical note no later than March 1, 2016. Submissions of panel proposals are also strongly encouraged. Panel proposals should include a title and 100 word rationale accompanied by a 250 word abstract and 50 word biographical note for each panellist. Please also indicate lead panel contact person. The working languages of the conference will be Chinese and English.

For submission and more information about the conference in Chinese, please e-mail Fu Yongchun: curty.fu@gmail.com. For submission and more information about the conference in English, please e-mail Maria Elena Indelicato: mariaelenaindelicato@yahoo.it.

Keynote Speakers (confirmation pending)

Xiao Zhiwei (California State University San Marcos);

Sugawara Yoshino (Kansai University, Japan);

Emilie Yeh Yueh-yu (Hong Kong Baptist University);

Nakajima Seio (Waseda University).

 

Stream 1: Cinema+: Structural Dimensions of the Film Industry in the Asia-Pacific

Finance, law, logistic, and technology have all played important roles in the development of Chinese cinemas both as industries and apparatuses of political and affective identification, yet they have rarely received the attention they deserve in film studies. In this stream, we invite film scholars to take these structural components as entry points to explore the formation of past and present transnational cinematic trends and practices in the Asia-Pacific.

Possible topics:

Film Economy;

Film Technology;

Film Production, Distribution, and Exhibition;

International Co-Productions;

Transnational Adaptations;

Film Infrastructures;

Internet+;

Media Convergence.

 

Stream 2: “The Future is a Thing of the Past”: Routes of Transnational Cinemas in the Asia-Pacific.

In this stream, we invite film scholars to think of transnationalism from the perspective of the “routes” left by the travelling of cinematic practices, texts and performances over time. History is here considered an important factor in the shaping of contemporary transnational configurations in the region; yet, this stream is equally open to exploring minor and major departures from the trajectories that have crisscrossed the region, especially those which have reconfigured ways of understanding or doing cinema, conceiving or expressing politically relevant issues such as ethnicity, religion, class, gender and sexuality.

Possible topics:

Film History and Historiography;

Comparative Film Studies;

‘National’ Cinematic Traditions;

Cinema and Identity;

Cinema and Memory;

Non-Cinema;

‘Minor Cinemas’;

Independent Films;

Microfilms.

 

Stream 3: “Going to the Movies”: Communities of Productive Consumption in the Asia-Pacific.

With the advent of 3D and other technologies of cinematic viewing, “going to the movies” has lived a second life. Yet, films have been increasingly watched from a variety of devices, engendering the formation of communities of productive consumption across national borders. In this stream, we invite cinema scholars to investigate another normally neglected area of studies: the practices and identities of audiences as forged out of their engagements with films.

Possible topics:

Film Festival Audiences;

Viewing Platforms and Practices;

Fandom Practices;

Film and Affect;

Cinema, Senses and Experiences;

Transnational Subjectivities.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Times New Roman 12 in Word;
  • Title: Italics, centre alignment Next line with double space;
  • Name/s: Bold centre alignment Next Line with single space Institution, where applicable, bold centre alignment;
  • Next Line with single space Email/s, bold centre alignment;
  • Next line with double space. 250 word abstract. No indenting for paragraphs. Leave a single space between paragraphs. Full Justification;
  • Biographical note: Please include a 50 word biographical note at the end of each abstract for the speaker/s concerned.

 

 

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