Women in East Asian Cinema

Manchester, UK, 4.-6. December 2019

Dear list members,

I’m pleased to announce on behalf of the Chinese Film Forum UK, our conference on Women in East Asian Cinema, to be held at HOME, Manchester 4th to 6th December 2019.

In this three-day conference, practitioners and researchers will be brought together through a mix of paper presentations, panel discussions, and events with industry guests, to highlight the increasing English-language research of women in East Asian cinema and to interrogate questions of labour, representation, and production contexts. The event is hosted as a collaboration between the Chinese Film Forum UK (CFFUK), a Manchester-based collective, and HOME. 2019 marks ten years since “Visible Secrets: Hong Kong’s Women Filmmakers”: a film season that was organised by a nascent CFFUK at HOME’s old Cornerhouse venue. This year also marks HOME’s year-long programming initiative “Celebrating Women in Global Cinema” which continues the celebratory, research-led and consciousness raising ethos of the Visible Secrets project.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Jinhee Choi, Kings College London, as keynote speaker and Hong Kong director Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan, who will present and discuss the UK Premiere of her latest film The Lady Improper (2019).

Registration for our conference is now open via the HOME box office online. There is an early bird deadline for Wednesday 27th November. Early bird tickets are £25 (£20 student and other concessions) — this ticket covers all three days of the conference even though the link on the website only indicate the first Wednesday. After the early bird deadline, tickets will be charged at £35/£30 conc. The link to the booking can be found in the box on the upper right hand corner where it says “Book now”. https://homemcr.org/event/chinese-film-forum-uk-presents-conference-wome... A draft conference schedule and speakers can be found on the webpage, although this may be subject to change in the coming weeks.

The conference fee has been kept at a low rate to cover basic venue costs only. Please note that no lunch or refreshments will be provided. However, we will be in a venue with three bars, a restaurant and a cafe, and there are various places to eat and drink nearby, including two supermarkets. It is a relaxed and relaxing environment, so hopefully you will find that these minimal arrangements work better than regular UK university fare. Your conference ticket also includes entry to the UK premiere of Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan’s The Lady Improper (2019), and a Q&A with the director afterwards: https://homemcr.org/film/uk-premiere-the-lady-improper-qa/ There is no need to buy a separate ticket to the film.

Hope to see you there,
Felicia Chan (on behalf of the organisers)

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Dr Felicia Chan
Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies
Drama, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
MA Film Studies Programme Director
Office hours: Mondays 16:30-18:00; Thursdays 14:00-15:00

‘Must an international Chinese (auteur) filmmaker make a martial arts film?: Genre filmmaking and industrialised cultural production in global East Asian cinema’, Studies in the Humanities, 44/45.1–2. 2019: 132–47.
Cosmopolitan Cinema: Cross-Cultural Encounters in East Asian Film (IB Tauris, 2017)

 

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A Chinese Film Forum UK Conference

HOME, Manchester

4 – 6 December 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr Jinhee Choi, King's College London

Recent interventions into global film and processes of canonisation have worked to highlight the contributions of women in spaces and discourses previously dominated by men. Yet, despite these social and academic movements, women remain under-represented across vital areas of film culture as recent discussions of the 2019 Oscars and the 2018 Cannes Film Festival have shown. This event aims to highlight the increasing English-language research of contributions by self-identifying women in East Asian cinema and to interrogate questions of representation, labour, and production contexts. For English speaking fans, academics and researchers based outside of East Asia, this work is all the more important as a counter to the limiting and selective problems of international film festivals and regional distribution.

This three-day conference seeks to bring together researchers of women in East Asian cinema for a mix of panels, workshops, and film events with industry guests to continue and develop these ongoing conversations. The event is hosted as a collaboration between the Chinese Film Forum UK (CFFUK), a Manchester-based collective, and HOME, Manchester's leading independent cross-art venue and cinema. 2019 marks ten years since “Visible Secrets: Hong Kong's Women Filmmakers”: a film season that was organised by a nascent CFFUK at HOME's old Cornerhouse venue. This year also marks HOME's year-long programming initiative “Celebrating Women in Global Cinema” which continues the celebratory, research-led and consciousness raising work of that original Visible Secrets project.

This conference invites papers on a variety of topics concerning women in East Asian cinema. We take a loose definition of “East Asia” - including considerations of diaspora, for example – to encourage submissions from those who may feel limited by narrow geographical boundaries.

Topics include though are not limited to:

-  Case studies of directors, producers, and crew members
-  Case studies of significant industry figures
-  Case studies of stars
-  Representation
-  Historiographies and redressing the canon
-  Generations – i.e. old age, girlhood
-  Spaces for women's voices
-  Questions of labour and industry practices
-  Production histories
-  Herstories
-  Women in East Asian diasporas

150-200 word proposals for a 20-minute paper presentation and a short biography, or queries, should be sent by Monday 29th April 2019 to Felicia.Chan@manchester.ac.uk with “WEACconf” in the email’s subject line. Panel submissions welcome.

Conference organisers for the CFFUK are Dr Felicia Chan, University of Manchester; Dr Fraser Elliott and Rachel Hayward, HOME; and Professor Andy Willis, University of Salford.