[KS] East Asian Film & Screen Studies Symposium at KCL in May 2014

Mark Plaice nanmosta at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 18 11:55:56 EST 2014

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Dear Colleagues

With the usual applies for cross posting, we would like to draw  your attention to the CFP for the King’s College London  -  East Asian Film & Screen Studies Symposium to be held in May this year.

Best wishes

Mark Plaice
PhD Candiate
Film Studies Department
King’s College, London

Call for papers: East Asian Screen Studies Symposium

16th May 2014 at King’s College, London

Keynote Speaker: Dr Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham

The study of East Asian film, television and screen media has been an area of continued growth in UK academia. With an expanding body of post-graduate students and early-career researchers breaking new ground in British institutions, it is imperative that we think critically about how we conduct academic research on East Asian film and screen media the UK. How are we ‘doing’ East Asian Film & Screen Studies now, in 2014? How we have done it in the past, and how might we continue do it in the future? 

Does practising East Asian Film & Screen Studies in the UK result in a particular mode of knowledge production? How are we influenced, as new researchers, by location (cultural, institutional, and geographical)? How can we best effect the dissemination of our knowledge and maximise knowledge sharing among ourselves and with researchers in other parts of the world? Through this symposium, we hope to create a network and promote knowledge sharing amongst UK-based East Asian film and screen specialists, and to start a much-needed and comprehensive conversation between such specialists from across the UK.

The symposium will open with a keynote speech from Dr Julian Stringer of the University of Nottingham, and will close with a roundtable discussion on ‘The Future of East Asian Film in the UK’, featuring leading East Asian Film and Screen Studies specialists. Tea/coffee and a closing wine reception will be provided.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and to provide space for all colleagues working on East Asian film/screen related topics to present their work and exchange feedback in a supportive and friendly environment. Therefore, we hope to receive submissions that cover the complete range of topics currently of interest to our research community. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

·      Translations of Asian-language film, media and/or cultural theory into English, and its use in English-language academic contexts

·      New and innovative applications of Euro-American theory to East Asian screen media

·      Historical and/or archival research and the methodology of the archive (preferably with a focus on issues of archival access for UK-based students)

·      Papers with an audience and/or reception studies focus (preferably on the reception of East Asian media in the UK)

·      Stardom in East Asian film and television

·      The role of audiences and fan cultures in constructing and reconstructing the meaning of East Asian cultural texts

·      The role of film festivals in the promotion, distribution and exhibition of East Asian cinema

·      The digitization of East Asian film and television and the role of new media, including that of file-sharing networks, streaming services and other online media

·      The influence of, and interplay between, East Asian cinema and East Asian television drama

·      The cinema of colonial or occupied periods in East Asia

·      Contemporary East Asian auteur filmmakers

·      Genre in East Asian cinema, particularly genre cycles, conventions, and hybridity

We are eager to receive abstracts for both individual paper presentations and panel presentations. We are also particularly keen to organise panels by institution as well as by theme, so if there are multiple researchers in your department working on East Asian film, television or screen media, we would encourage you to consider applying together as an institutional panel (your papers do not have to be thematically linked, and could be on whatever subject you wish).

Thanks to funding from the King’s College Arts & Humanities Department, the symposium will be free for all delegates. The symposium is also presented in affiliation with the Chinese Visual Festival 2014 and will be followed by an exciting free screening of recent cutting edge Chinese language film.

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract for a twenty-minute paper to eastasianscreenstudies at gmail.com by Monday 17th March 2014.

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