CALL FOR PAPERS Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture

Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture Conference, Macau SAR
July 14-16, 2014
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 ╢Asiaâ•˙ or
╢Asian-nessâ•˙ 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-Asiaâ•˙ and the ╢Sinophoneâ•˙, and other
new critical categories, including the renewed take on cosmopolitanism, de-territorialize
╢Asiaâ•˙ and ╢Asian-nessâ•˙ without reinscribing existing ontological dilemmas? Can
╢Asiaâ•˙ and ╢Asian-nessâ•˙ 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
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
Language: 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 is 15thFebruary 2014. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent out by early March 2014.
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.,id=219/
Registration fee*:
Regular rate: USD200
Discount rate: USD125. This applies to participants from developing countries in Asia
such as India, Indonesia, Philippines, Peopleâ•˙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
Please submit your proposals to XU Xiaying, Richard (University of Macau):
[email protected]
All updated information will posted at:
Principal organizing members:
Tony SCHIRATO (University of Macau): [email protected]
TAN See Kam (University of Macau): [email protected]
Gary BETTINSON (University of Lancaster): [email protected]
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