Following the success of our last symposium, we are hosting another in January 2013. Please circulate the call for papers below widely.
Call for Papers
The creation and circulation of Chinese Identities in and through cinema
Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
29-30 January 2013
The Chinese Film Forum UK, a research network supported by the AHRC, is hosting its second symposium. The focus is on the creation and circulation of Chinese identities in and through cinema.
Questions of identity and representation have been prominent in film studies, including the proliferation of work produced on Chinese cinemas to date. However, the question of how identities may be circulated, and created, through cinema as a socio-cultural formation and industrial product remains to be further explored. For example, what role do genres play in identity formation and circulation? How do distribution networks and marketing practices impact on what kinds of Chinese films are produced and received? Is there a space that exists for multilingualism and cultural diversity within Chinese cinemas, and what implications might it have for how Chinese cinemas are conceptualised?
We invite proposals on the following or any other topic of relevance:
- The plurality of Chinese cultural, ethnic and linguistic identities in film
- Representations of Chineseness as self and other
- Historical adaptations and fictionalisations
- Construction of stars as the mythic embodiments of national identities
- Chinese characters, characterisation and characteristics in non-Chinese films
- Chinese diasporic filmmaking, including in South-east Asia, North America and the UK
- Genres in Chinese cinemas or Chinese genre-films?
- Theoretical explorations of ‘Chineseness’ in film
- Questions of identity and international co-productions
- The role of industry practice, e.g. casting, marketing, distribution, awards selection, etc.
- Reception of Chinese cinemas in local and foreign markets
Keynote speaker: Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London.
Chinese Film Forum UK was founded to support the visibility and literacy of film from across the Chinese diaspora and is a joint venture between University of Manchester, University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Confucius Institute, Chinese Arts Centre and Cornerhouse. Further information can be found at: http://www.cffuk.org