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 11th 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
Cultural and Media Ecologies
Genders and Sexualities
Identities and Representations
Nationalism and Transnationalism
New Media studies
Postcolonial Theories and Criticisms
Conference language: English and Chinese.
Please send proposals of 200-300 words in RTF or WORD format to Mr. Xu Xiaying at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 15th February 2014.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by early March 2014.
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