An online international conference
Popular cinema is closely associated with a wide range of social and cultural issues, such as audiences’ taste, collective memory, creative economy, cultural history, and social-political systems. Yet, often associated with low-brow entertainment, it could also be neglected by film critics or in official discourses for reasons such as censorship, cultural hegemony, cultural goods embargo, intellectual elitism, linguicism, and sexism. Whereas such oversight leads to amnesia of film history, it also reinforces the hierarchy of cultural criticism.
Supported by University of Leicester’s School of Arts Research Fund, “Forgotten Popular Culture: Asian Cinema and Film History” is an online conference that aims to rediscover popular Asian films, filmmakers and industrial and market practices that are either overlooked in film history or had been critically deemed ‘unworthy’ at the time. The conference organiser therefore invites papers based on either theoretical research or on case studies to address any of following themes:
Professor Kate E Taylor-Jones (Professor of East Asian Cinema, University of Sheffield)
Dr Xiaoning Lu (Reader in Modern Chinese Culture and Language, SOAS)
This online conference will take place on 23-24 May 2022. It intends to bring both established and emerging scholars together to examine these overlooked and understudied areas of Asian popular cinema and the ’forgotten’ creative talents behind the popular cinema. Through probing the official and mainstream discourse, this conference encourages scholarly challenge to the established discourse of (world) film history.
Please submit your proposal (maximum 300 words), together with a short biography (maximum 100 words) and affiliation information to Dr. Lin Feng at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 February 2022.
To encourage the development of research network and support ECR and PhD development, the organiser also plans to host a digital research poster exhibition on its dedicated website. If you are interested in also submitting a research poster or only wish to participate in the digital exhibition, please indicate your intension clearly in your proposal.