Participants are invited to present papers on any aspect of Asian cinema, though proposals engaging with the conference theme are encouraged. The conference theme may be summarized by the term “poetics” – chiefly, a concern with Asian films as aesthetic objects, their artistic functions and effects, and their techniques of staging, composition, editing, sound design, and storytelling. This emphasis marks a departure from the so-called Grand Theories of Asian cinema, and encourages “bottom-up” approaches and “piecemeal theorizing” of films from within and across Asian territories.
Papers and panel proposals are invited for the 12th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference: The Poetics of Asian Cinemas. With the support of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) at Lancaster University, in conjunction with the Asian Cinema Studies Society, the conference is planned for July 10-12, 2017, at Lancaster University, UK. 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
Please send proposals of 200-300 words in 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 ½ hours in duration, and time limits will be strictly enforced.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 15th February 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by early March 2017.
Regular rate: GDP £150
Discount rate: GDP £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, tea/coffee breaks, and one opening conference dinner.
Principal organizing members: