[UPDATE on contributors] CFP: "Documenting Asia Pacific" (journal special issue)

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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 39 No. 1 | March 2013
Guest Editors: Kuei-fen Chiu & Chi-hui Yang
Responding to the Issue: John A. Lent & Abé Mark Nornes

Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2012

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed journal published two times per year by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. The journal is devoted to offering innovative perspectives on literary and cultural issues and advancing the transcultural exchange of ideas. While committed to bringing Asian-based scholarship to the world academic community, Concentric welcomes original contributions from diverse national and cultural backgrounds.

The March 2013 issue of Concentric is dedicated to exploring new directions in documentary and non-fiction media-making practices in the Asia Pacific region. Dynamic political and economic conditions, innovations in production and distribution technologies, increased access to international finances and the migration of moving images from theatres to galleries to online spaces have made more relevant and critical the practice of documentary filmmaking in Asia Pacific.

The task of representing new social realities has generated significant movements—both political and aesthetic—in documentary filmmaking from Beijing to Manila, from Jakarta to Sydney. Engaged verite, documentary/fiction hybrids, personal essays and experimental collage are being used to explore the consequences of globalization and neo-liberalism, fraught family histories, religious conflict, and the role of the state in everyday lives. What kind of formal and aesthetic approaches are being developed to document the contemporary culture and politics of Asia Pacific? How is the documentary itself being tested and reshaped by these efforts? What might be revealed from a study of localized movements, and what might comparative studies across national or cultural boundaries yield?

Concentric invites examinations of all aspect of contemporary documentary and non-fiction media-making in the Asia Pacific region.

Kuei-fen Chiu is Distinguished Professor of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies at National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan specializing in Taiwan literature and documentary film.

Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York and former Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

Professor Lent is Professor of Communications at Temple University.

Professor Nornes is Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures and Chair of the Department of Screen Arts & Culture and at University of Michigan.

Concentric boasts a strong editorial and advisory team composed of respected scholars from across the world. The journal has also collaborated with international scholars as guest editors, such as Wlad Godzich, María Herrera-Sobek, Serenella Iovino, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Charles Shepherdson, Scott Slovic, Ban Wang, and Shin Yamashiro. Past contributors include Ronald Lynn Bogue, Vilashini Cooppan, Terry Gifford, Sneja Gunew, Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Haiyan Lee, Leo Lefebure, Deborah L. Madsen, Steven Shaviro, Hugh J. Silverman, Frank Webster, Rob Wilson, Gang Gary Xu, and Yingjin Zhang.

For submissions and further information about the journal, please visit our website .