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Conference on Asian Cinemas in Vilnius, Lithuania

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The conference "Nation, Gender and History: Asian Cinemas in Perspective" will be held at Vilnius University, Centre of Oriental Studies 7 - 9 September 2017. Abstracts should be submitted no later than 30 April 2017.

Asian Arts Centre and The Centre of Oriental Studies of Vilnius University invite scholars, film professionals and enthusiasts to Nation, Gender and History, an international conference on the cinemas of Asia.

The idea of a national culture has played a fundamental role in the definition, historiography and evaluation of Asian cultural practices for at least two centuries, and cinema is no exception. In today’s world, however, ideas of the nation appear as increasingly problematic. The same can be said of gender, the pertinence of which in individuals’ understanding of themselves and their history has, over the last decades, been challenged from many fronts. And yet both ideas of nation and gender continue to mark discourses about identities and countries, including and perhaps especially in situations of conflict. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the independence and partition of India and Pakistan. The conference takes this opportunity to raise the question: can we still argue for the centrality of national cinemas? What role do notions of gender play in our appreciation of a nation’s cinema? And how do the interconnections between gender and nation in cinema help us understand the present historical moment?

Below is a list of themes the conference will endeavor to address:

  • the representation of sexuality and/or its repression; cinematic images of a sexual nature, their censorship and their exploitation; the filmic displacement of representations of sexual desire;
  • gender and film genres. We are particularly interested in papers examining gender in exploitation, B-grade, horror, sci-fi, low budget film productions;
  • gendered allegories of the nation, including mythological representations;
  • technical and/or narrative aspects of gender representations; male and female gazes; cinematography, editing, sound and gender;
  • national and trans-national aspects of stardom, production and/or distribution; transnational connections; diaspora cinema;
  • gender and the film industry, including directors, distributors and exhibitors.

The deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2017.

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