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March 29, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 2 APRIL 2011) Film and Cinema in Singapore

Date: 6-7 October 2011
Venue: To be announced
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1122

Jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University From the first recorded public screening in the early 1900s to local feature films in multiplexes of the 21st century, the motion picture has been present in Singapore for more than a century. Even as it occupies a highly intimate aspect of daily living, the cinematic text and experience have been accorded greater legitimacy and scholarly attention in the recent decade as part of the critical recognition of the broader significance of screen cultures. The recent decade has witnessed the burgeoning of popular and scholarly interests in the evolution of film and cinema in Singapore, with studies ranging from industry networks, analysis of film texts and film archiving to unearthing of socio-cultural memories of audience experiences with the big screen. As a multidisciplinary phenomenon, critical research and writings on Singapore cinema have involved scholars coming from diverse academic backgrounds from Communications Studies to History, Geography, and Sociology. Accompanying this growing scholarly interest has also been the increasing inclusion of Film studies in educational curriculums from the primary to tertiary levels.

In this respect, this conference will serve as a platform for both scholars and practitioners to review existing paradigms in addition to charting new approaches and directions into the study of film and cinema in Singapore. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:
- Historical Evolution
- Geographies of Cinema
- Audience Reception
- Archiving Film
- Cultural and Media Policies and Politics
- Cultural Economy and Film Industry
- Semiotics
- Film Genres (Mainstream/Independent Films)
- Film & Visual/Installation Arts
- Cinematography
- Filmmakers & Artistes
- Film Research

Paper proposals should include a title and a 300-word abstract. A short biography should also be submitted on the attached form by 2 April 2011. Click here for Paper Proposal Submission Form.

Full papers for accepted abstracts should be submitted by: 18 September 2011. We welcome both individual papers as well as panel proposals. Each presenter will be given 20 minutes to read their papers followed by a ten minutes discussion session. Preference will be given to original papers that have not been published elsewhere as we intend to integrate selected papers into a planned Anthology of Singapore Film and Cinema that would serve as a useful authoritative sourcebook for both research and teaching purposes.

If funding is available for travel and accommodation for presenters coming from outside Singapore, priority would be given to participants based in universities, research institutes and media/film companies that are based in developing parts of Asia.

Queries or submission of abstracts should be directed to the following email addresses:
Dr Liew Kai Khiun
Assistant Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

Dr Stephen Teo
Associate Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

Posted by katemw at March 29, 2011 08:00 AM


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