CFP: Megacities and Film: Southeast Asia on Screen (Ludwigsburg, Germany: January 29-30, 2010)

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Department of Culture and Media Education, Prof. Dr. Stephan Buchloh, Ludwigsburg University of Education
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Southeast Asian filmmaking is still widely unknown outside the subcontinent. Films emerging from this cultural region rarely find their way to international festivals or cinemas, only Thailand having begun to establish a worldwide reputation as a film nation. The Ludwigsburg Film Conference 2010 therefore primarily brings productions from Southeast Asia to screen by focusing its debate on the topos of the city.

Migration in Southeast Asia does not only result from rural poverty, but is also driven by the cities' lucent appeal and attraction, the wide range of opportunities and chances they offer. How does film construct and represent everyday life in the megacities against the backdrop of meteoric urbanization and globalization processes? How is the urban-rural divide shaped in the light of far-reaching social transformation processes? In what way does the city become a projection for hopes and longing, and what role does it play as a site of despair and loneliness? How is the mise-en-scene of space and narrative characterized? What local singularities, traditional elements and international trends can be identified in the cinematic language? In what way do the films create a specific image of the (cinematic) city?

We welcome submissions with thematic, aesthetic, socio-cultural, narrative, spatial, architectural, and economic perspectives on megacities in (Southeast) Asian film that, ideally, connect various perspectives. The conference focuses on Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Submissions from researchers working on other Asian countries are also encouraged, particularly if they address cinematic exchange processes within Asia. Suggestions for film presentations are welcome. The conference languages are German and English.

The Ludwigsburg Film Conference invites established as well as young researchers. Paper presentations should not exceed 25 minutes. Travel and accommodation expenses can partly be reimbursed. Conference participants should submit their full papers (10 to 20 pages) by February 28, 2010 for the projected publication.

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) and a brief biographical statement by October 4, 2009 to Sarah Wuest,