New Angles on Chinese Film History. August 13-15, 2015

New Angles on Chinese Film History
An International Conference

Open to the public; no registration required.

Thursday, August 13
Founder’s Room, Northrop

5:15 Welcoming Remarks: Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota

5:30 Roundtable Discussion: The State and Stakes of Chinese Cinemas Studies

Sponsored by the Journal of Chinese Cinemas

Chris Berry, King’s College London
Yingjin Zhang, UC-San Diego
Zhang Zhen, New York University
Xinyu Dong, University of Chicago
Moderator: Song Hwee Lim, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Friday, August 14
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

9:00 Light breakfast and coffee

9:30-10:15 Keynote Talk 1: Chris Berry, King’s College London

What (not) to Wear during a Cultural Revolution: Film, Fashion, and Agency in China
co-authored with Shujuan Zhang, University of Minnesota

10:15-12:45 Panel 1: Film Form: China and the Global Cinematic Idiom

Chair: Xin Yang, Macalester College

Wild Roses and Pink Tears: The Afterlife of Lady of the Camellias in Postwar Hong Kong Cinema
Jean Ma, Stanford University
Big Face: The Screen Kiss in Shanghai Cinema of the 1930s
Jessica Ka Yee Chan, University of Richmond
Experience and Stylization: Genre Narrative of Chinese Early Singing Film (1930-1949)
Chen Gang, Chinese Agricultural University
Animated History, Plasmatic Reality: China’s Folktale Animation Films from 1941 to 1965
Li Guo, Utah State University
Discussant: Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:30 Panel 2: Institutional History and Film Industry Transformations

Chair: Julian Ward, University of Edinburgh

Provincializing Chinese Cinema: Shanghai Films at the Zhenjiang Mass Education Center
Hongwei Thorn Chen, University of Minnesota
Taiwan’s Meteroric Rise as a Film Festival Powerhouse: A Revised Institutional History
James Udden, Gettysburg College
French Producers and the Support of Chinese Art Cinema
C├ęcile Lagesse, Yale University
Unstable Pixels: Digital Plasmaticness and Semiotic Pluralism in Chinese Independent Animation
Jinying Li, University of Pittsburgh
Discussant: Yingjin Zhang, UC-San Diego

4:30-5:00 Coffee & snacks

5:00 Keynote Talk 2: Zhang Zhen, New York University

From Sidewalk Xianchang to Spectral Realism: Yang Lina’s Beijing and Beyond

Saturday, August 15
1210 Heller Hall

8:30 Light breakfast and coffee

9:00-10:30 Panel 3: Rethinking Film and Media Historiography through Genre, part 1

Chair: Christine Marran, University of Minnesota

Battle over Comedy: Rereading the Hard Film vs. Soft Film Debate in Shanghai Cinema
Xinyu Dong, University of Chicago
Pursuing Happiness in Cold War Modernity: Affect, Belonging, and the “Wenyi Musicals” of Hong Kong Mandarin Cinema, 1950s-1960s
Tsai Po-Chen, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Space, Scene, and Body Movements: The Construction of the Jianghu Secondary World in Chinese Martial Arts Films of the Shaw Brothers, 1960s-1970s
Liu Shengmei, Beijing University

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:30 Panel 3: Rethinking Film and Media Historiography through Genre, part 2

The Secret War: Gender, Code, Media Technology—Chinese Espionage Films during the Second World War
Weihong Bao, UC-Berkeley
Horror, Historiography and the Aesthetic of the Liminal
Xiao Liu, McGill University
Discussant: Chris Berry, Kings College London

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:30 Panel 4: Cinema as Historical Conjuncture

Chair: Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota

Dire Straits: Shifting Boundaries of “Home” in the Cinematic Representation of 1949
Guo-Juin Hong, Duke University
Film Historiography through the Self-reflexive Screen – When a Star is Reborn
Yiman Wang, UC-Santa Cruz
Negotiating the Ideal Womanhood: Rewriting and Re-interpreting the Legend of Mulan in Late Qing and Republican China
Zhuoyi Wang, Hamilton College
Discussant: Yomi Braester, University of Washington

3:30-3:45 Coffee & snacks

3:45-5:45 Panel 5: Beyond Mandarin: Dialect and Diasporic Cinemas

Chair: Baryon Tensor Posadas, University of Minnesota

Cantonese Cinema: Industrial Crisis and Reconstruction, 1930-1957
Victor Fan, King’s College London
Singaporean Film as History of the Sinophone: Glen Goei’s Forever Fever and The Blue Mansion
Carolyn Fitzgerald, Auburn University
Configuring Translocalism in Taiwanese-dialect Cinema
Wang Chun-chi, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Discussant: Song Hwee Lim, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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