Date: 7 – 8 December 2009
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Between locations in East Asia where ethnic Chinese constitute a predominant or significant proportion of the local population, there have always been dense traffics of cultural products – popular literature, films, pop music and television programs - in various Chinese languages. The most significant nodes in these corridors of traffic are the PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and the more peripheral areas include particular cities in Asia-Pacific rim. The production, distribution, circulation and consumption of the pop cultural products constitute a loosely integrated cultural economy, which may be discursively and substantively designated as Pop Culture China. In contrast to cultural conservatives’ efforts search for a cultural centre for the global Chinese diaspora, the configuration of Pop Culture China is substantively and symbolically without centre. This is evident, for example, in the use of different Chinese languages in the cultural products – Mandarin, Cantonese, Minnan/Taiwanese/Hokkien - and the different production centers for different medium and genre of cultural products.
This international workshop is looking for papers that are will contribute to the refinement of the idea of Pop Culture China and/or provide substantive analysis of particular aspects of the network of flows in any of the Chinese pop culture medium.
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL
Those wishing to present a paper at the workshop are invited to submit a paper proposal which includes a title, a 500-word abstract, and a short paragraph of personal self-description by 15 August 2009.v
Please submit and address all applications and enquiries to Valerie Yeo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Successful applicants will be notified by 31 August 2009. Preference will be given to papers that profile new research, fit with the core panel ideas and complement other papers.
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