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Confirmed! Keynote speakers for POCCS Conference, Dec 10-11 2013
Bader International Study Centre,
Herstmonceux England

I'm pleased to announce that we have now confirmed two keynote speakers for the Post Olympics Chinese Cinema Symposium.

Our first keynote is Dr. Victor Fan from King's College London and the second speaker is Dr. Gary Bettinson from Lancaster University. Both have been researching current trends in Chinese and Hong Kong cinemas, and we are very pleased to have their contributions to the 2013 POCCS conference.

Below is the biographical information for the two speakers:

Victor Fan is Lecturer at the Department of Film Studies, King's College London. His articles have been published in World Picture Journal, Camera Obscura, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen, Film History: An International Journal, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, the anthology A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder (ed. Brigitte Peucker) and film magazine 24 Images: Cinéma, etc. He is also a contributor to the communal blog Printculture. He has recently completed his book manuscript titled Approaching Reality: Potentiality in Chinese Film Theory.

Gary Bettinson is Lecturer in Film Studies at Lancaster University. His research on Chinese cinema has appeared in Asian Cinema, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Post Script, and the anthology Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema (edited by Warren Buckland, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). He is Editor-in-Chief (with Tan See Kam) of Asian Cinema, Editor of the Directory of World Cinema: China (Intellect, 2012), and author (with Richard Rushton) of What is Film Theory? An Introduction to Contemporary Debates (McGraw-Hill 2010). He is Vice Chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society (ACSS).

CFP Reminder

Post-Olympics Chinese Cinema Symposium

Current Trends in Present day Chinese Language Film.

Where: Bader International Study Centre, Queens University, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex, UK

When: December 10, 11 2013

This two day symposium explores the state of Post-Olympics Chinese language cinema in the context of the relaxing of censorship and distribution policy in contemporary China.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics, immediately followed by the Shanghai World Expo, signified a period of change in China's cultural attitudes. The two cities were presented as the crowning jewels in China's foray into global economic and cultural participation.

Contemporary China, since that watershed period, is continuing to ease restrictions on communication laws and technologies. While Facebook has yet to be permitted in China, there are localized social networking and micro-blogging systems that allow for commentary on the Chinese political structure. There is similarly a relaxing of censorship in contemporary filmmaking practice, providing filmmakers room to critique perceived inequities in the political economy.

Stephen Chow Sing-Chi, for instance, who had previously been affiliated with the Hong Kong Cantonese film industry, shot CJ7 (Cháng Jiāng Qī Hào, 2008) in Zhejiang province. While ostensibly a light entertainment film, CJ7 incorporates criticism of the construction industry's laxity in health and safety practices and details social issues regarding contemporary Chinese working class poverty. This is iconography and subject matter that would have been unthinkable in the mainland industry just a few years previous.

Since the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo, it is evident that there have been radical changes in the Chinese film industry. The integration of the Hong Kong Cantonese industry personnel into the Chinese Mandarin film industry has been successful, and many Hong Kong stars are currently working alongside the mainland financiers. In 2011, Tsui Hark and Jet Li re-visited the Dragon Gate Inn, but this time with many stars of the mainland industry bantering in the Mandarin language of a repatriated Li. Similarly, Taiwan has relaxed trade embargoes with China and has allowed mainland Chinese stars to film in Taiwan in joint venture co-productions.

This two day symposium explores the changing nature of Chinese cinema today. We invite submission of abstracts (150-250 words) for papers on any topic regarding contemporary Chinese language cinema, particularly in light of 21st century political reform and easing of restrictions on critical filmmaking.

We now have two confirmed keynote speakers, Dr. Victor Fan of King's College London and Dr. Gary Bettinson of the University of Lancaster.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is September 5, 2013

Deadline for Conference Registration is November 1, 2013

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

The Demise of the Sixth Generation
Digital Technologies and Spectacular Epics
Cantonese Language Cinema and Local Identities
WuXia Then and Now
Embracing Humour
From Social Tendency to a Tendency for the Social
Remakes and Adaptations
Rural Identities
The Northern Identity
Contested Identities
Historical Revisionism
Martial Arts Epics
Nostalgia and the Imagined Past
Blockbuster Aesthetics
Genre Bending

Please e-mail submissions with author details and a short biography to Robert Hyland at POCCS@bisc.queensu.ac.uk For further information, comments or queries please contact r_hyland@bisc.queensu.ac.uk