Cripping Chinese Cinemas (Conference Panel; due July 31, 2010)

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Kenneth Chan
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In his book "Crip Theory," Robert McRuer theorizes how the notion of "compulsory able-bodiedness, which in a sense produces disability, is thoroughly interwoven with the system of compulsory heterosexuality that produces queerness: that, in fact, compulsory heterosexuality is contingent on compulsory able-bodiedness, and vice versa" (p. 2). The conference panel that I propose deploys this intersecting theoretical framework in order to "crip" Chinese cinemas, thus examining the cinematic representations and discourses of disabilities and disability identities, and their relationship to genders and sexualities. Essays submitted may focus on Chinese cinemas from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and/or the cinemas of the Chinese diaspora; and can cover a single film of any genre, a body of work, a specific director, a particular historical period, and/or a thematic or topical emphasis of your choice.

The conference I will submit the panel proposal to is the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) conference, to be held on March 31-April 3, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In order for me to meet the conference's official proposal dateline, kindly send (1) a 250-word paper abstract and (2) a brief bio description of yourself by latest July 31, 2010 via email to:

Kenneth Chan
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Department of English
University of Northern Colorado