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East Asian Screen Studies Symposium at Kings College London

Coinciding with the Chinese Visual Festival 2014, an interesting screen studies symposium is coming our way:

East Asian Screen Studies Symposium

King’s College London, 16 May 2014

KCL-logosYou are invited to register for a free one-day symposium on East Asian Screen Studies at King’s College, London on the 16th May. As you can see below we have a great line up of panels, a keynote by Prof. Julian Stringer of the University of Nottingham, and a closing roundtable on The Future of East Asian Film in the UK.

Attendance is free, but places are limited and advance registration is required. For further information or to book a place, please contact us at [email protected].

The EASS Symposium is a partner organisation of the Chinese Visual Festival, which is offering a screening of animated shorts at 7pm on Friday 16th in the Safra Lecture Theatre at KCL. This event is free to attend for King’s staff/students. Concessionary rates are provided for staff/students of other academic institutions, and group discounts are also available. In addition, there will be a series of CVF events taking place over the weekend for delegates remaining in London. For schedule and further information, visit King’s staff/students get in free, and there are student/staff concession rates for members of other academic institutions to CVF events. Group discounts also available, info at

East Asian Screen Studies Symposium Program:

10:00 – 11:00 KEYNOTE & Q&A
East Asian Screens: Two Possible Futures in K3.11
Prof. Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham

11:00 – 11:20 COFFEE BREAK

11:20 – 12:50 SESSION 1

The Public Visibility of East Asian Cinemas in the UK
Interventions on Cultural Margins: The Case of the Chinese Film Forum UK
Dr. Felicia Chan, Lecturer in Screen Studies, University of Manchester
Dr. Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies, University of Salford

Film Policies at Home: Chinese-language Films and Chinese-themed Film Festivals in the UK
Dr. Ruby Cheung, Independent Scholar

Hyperbole and Concealment: Sustaining the Visibility of Popular Japanese Film Genres in the UK
Dr. Andrew Dorman, PhD Graduate & Teaching Assistant, University of St Andrews

Current Research on Japanese Film
The Analysis of Eirin, the Film Classification and Rating Committee in Japan
Prof. Yuri Obata, Associate Professor, University of Indiana South Bend & International Visiting Researcher, Goldsmiths College

Martial Body In Akira Kurosawa’s Early Films
PD Dr. Hyunseon Lee, Siegen University & Research Associate, SOAS

Pinku eiga’s Ugly Duckling? The Case for ‘Pinky Violence’ Films
Dr. Laura Treglia, Scholar, University of Chester

12:50 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 2

Fresh Approaches to East Asian Film
Troubling Kinship: History, Identity and Resistance in the Films of Zero Chou
Shu-Yi Lin, PhD Candidate, King’s College, London

Rethinking P2P in the Context of Global Media Flow: The Case of PT Sites of Asian Cinema
Yu-Peng Lin, PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham

Migratory Thinking: Wandering and an Exilic Identity in Takamine Go’s Films
Kosuke Fujiki, PhD Candidate, King’s College, London

Current Research on Korean Film
Critiquing The ‘Guiyeoni’ Phenomenon: Packaging Youth and Identity Politics in Film Adaptations of the South Korean Internet Based ‘Teen Rom-Com’ Serial Novel
Dr. Dave McCaig, Senior Lecturer, University of Lincon

Mother versus Eomeoni: Depictions of Motherhood in Contemporary Korean Cinema
Ji-yoon An, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

The Cultural Politics in the Representation of Asian “Others” in Korean Independent Films
Juyeon Bae, PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham

15:30 – 15:50 COFFEE BREAK

15:50 – 17:20 SESSION 3

Materiality, Ephemerality and Context
Medium Authenticity vs. Digital Superfluity: Materiality, Context & the Canonisation of Asian Cult Film
Dr. Jasper Sharp, Independent Scholar & Co-Founder of Midnight Eye

Immaterial Girls: Technologies of Gender and Girlhood in the Whispering Corridor Films
Dr. Colette Balmain, Lecturer, Kingston University

Complex Materials and Cultural Interplay: Japanese Imperial Cinema and the Archival Process
Dr. Kate Taylor-Jones, Senior Lecturer, Bangor University

Current Research on Chinese Film
Bringing the Real to the Reel: Realism and Silent Filmmaking in a Globalizing World, 1910s–1920s
Dr Xuelei Huang, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Memory and Agency: Negotiation with the State and Market
Jing Meng, PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham

The Heroic Narrative of an “Aboveground” Auteur: Jia Zhangke and his A Touch of Sin
Lidan Hu, PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh

17:20 – 17:35 WINE RECEPTION

17:35 – 18:45 ROUND TABLE: The Future of Asian Film in the UK

Chair: Dr. Jaeho Kang, Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies, SOAS

Teaching East Asian Film in the UK
Dr. Chi-Yun Shin, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

Current Issues on Researching Chinese Cinema in the UK
Hiu M. Chan, Film Journalist & PhD Candidate, Cardiff University

Chinese Film Festivals
Zhang Xianmin and Cao Kai of the China Independent Film Festival (CIFF)

Programing/Distributing East Asian Film in the UK
Speaker to be confirmed

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