CFP: Recent Chinese Cinema (8/20/05; SCMS, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Terri Ginsberg

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 2-5, 2006
Vancouver, Canada

The SCMS Caucus on Class ( ) is sponsoring
the following call for papers. Please send 150-word proposal, plus brief
bibliography and bio statement, by August 20, 2005.

"The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Cell Phone:
Recent Chinese Cinema and the Socialist-Capitalist Tradition"
The Chinese transition from a socialist to a market economy has effected
rapid changes in the country in the last 20 years and exacerbated
contradictions that were already pronounced in the Chinese system. This
panel examines the ways in which Chinese filmmakers have mapped those
contradictions in the last decade as they comment wryly on the process of
directly overlaying a socialist propaganda model with a market propaganda
model. The panel would look at how filmmakers are addressing these
contradictions both in documentary and fiction films, as in the fiction work
of filmmakers such as Jia Zhangke (The World) and the documentary work of
Wang Bing, whose 14-hour chronicle of the transformation of a Chinese town,
West of the Rails, reworks the concept of documentary.
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