Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference - Panel CFP Imagining the Asian Past: Narratives and Themes in Multimedia
The Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference
In Person: Thursday, March 16 - Sunday, March 19, 2023 in Boston, MA
Virtual: February 17-18, 2023
Organized Panel Proposal [will decide whether in person or in virtual with panelists]
Call for Papers
Imagining the Asian Past: Narratives and Themes in Multimedia
Historical figures and events, often embellished and romanticized with colorful details, have always been a beloved subject in all forms of artistic imaginations—literary writings, pictorial representations, theatrical renditions—in various Asian cultures since the premodern time. The imagining of the past has been crucial in transmitting values and knowledges and building collective identities, especially in the rise of nation-state across Asia since the turn of the twentieth century. More recently the global character of media technology has made the imagination and visualization of the past widely and readily accessible to an audience that often transcends national and linguistic boundaries.
This panel explores how the historical, cultural, and political (religious?) past is imagined, interpreted, and negotiated in films and TV dramas. In the process new discourses—such as gender, ethnicity, nationalism, racial identities, class struggles, etc.—have been constantly brought into the narrative and provided novel perspectives and insights that could be either refreshing and enlightening, or problematic. Questions we are going to address in this panel includes: How the Asian past is represented, with what purposes, in various forms of media? In what way does media representation shape the popular reception and understanding of the past? What does it mean for today’s media culture to “faithfully represent” the past? Who are the targeted consumers? How and why is the portrayal of the past received different by domestic and global audiences?
Please send an abstract within 250 words with a brief bio (within 150 words) to Qiulei Hu (email@example.com) by July 29, 2022. This project could be part of an anthology on the same topic.