If the historical experiences of colonialism and imperialism, both internal and external, have produced the asymmetries of Asia versus the Rest, how does one address the problematics of Asia as an identity category? Indeed how can one define ‘Asia’ or ‘Asian-ness’ without falling into the traps of essentialism that glosses over the diversity of experiences not only within the Asian region but also beyond — where sites of Asian-ness come to being, and where sights of Asian-ness float about? How do film, media and popular culture and other cultural artifacts expressive of the changing spectra of representations and identities — whether created inside or outside Asia — imagine that diversity in the past and the present, as well as for the future? Do they otherwise articulate sameness that cuts between Asia and the Rest? If essentialist notions of identity can be tolerated as expedient means for political ends, at what point do they become unquestioned categories for academic inquiry? Can an interdisciplinary lingua frança be found to rethink Asia beyond the terms of geographical, cultural, ethnic and national essentialisms? Can ecologies of the ‘Inter-Asia’ and the ‘Sinophone’, and other new critical categories, including the renewed take on cosmopolitanism, de-territorialize ‘Asia’ and ‘Asian-ness’ without reinscribing existing ontological dilemmas? Can ‘Asia’ and ‘Asian-ness’ be de-Asianized? What is post-Asia?
To these ends, we call for paper and panel proposals for the Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference: Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture. With the support of the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau, in conjunction with the Asian Cinema Studies Society, the conference is planned for July 14-16, 2014, in Macau SAR.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Asia Cinema studies
- Asian Media studies
- Asian Popular Culture studies
- Asian Cultural Studies
- Cosmopolitan cinemas
- Creative/Cultural Industries
- Cross-media formats
- Cultural and Media Ecologies
- Cultural Policies
- Genders and Sexualities
- Global Communication
- Identities and Representations
- Media Communication
- Nationalism and Transnationalism
- New Media studies
- Postcolonial Theories and Criticisms
- Postmodern cultures
- Print media
- Sinophone Communication
- TV studies
Languages: English and Chinese.
Please send proposals of 200-300 words in RTF or WORD format. For all proposals, be certain to include the title, author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email contacts, as well as a brief biography of each contributor. For panel, workshop, and group submissions, be certain to provide a brief description (100 words) of the contribution of each participant. Sessions will be 1 1/2 hours in duration, and time limits will be strictly enforced.
The deadline for submission of proposals 15 February 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by early March.
Selected papers will be published in the peer-reviewed biannual Asian Cinema. Now published by Intellect Press (UK), this seminal journal has long been the flagship publication of the Asian Cinema Studies Society. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=219/
Regular rate: USD$200
Discount rate: USD$125. This applies to participants from developing countries in Asia such as India, Indonesia, Philippines, People’s Republic of China (except Hong Kong) and Thailand, as well as full-time students (with proof of identification).
The registration includes access to all sessions, one-year ACSS membership, one-year subscription to the Asian Cinema journal, tea/coffee breaks, and one closing conference dinner.
Please submit your proposals to XU Xiaying, Richard (University of Macau): firstname.lastname@example.org
All updated information will posted at: http://www.umac.mo/fss/comm/acss/
Principal organizing members:
- Tony SCHIRATO (University of Macau): email@example.com
- TAN See Kam (University of Macau): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gary BETTINSON (University of Lancaster): email@example.com.