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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

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March 21, 2011

Asia's Civil Spheres: New Media, Urban Public Space, Social Movements

Asia’s Civil Spheres:
New Media, Urban Public Space, Social Movements
Date: 29 – 30 September 2011
Venue: National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1160

Jointly organized by Asia Research Institute, Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Cities Cluster, National University of Singapore.

Urban Asia buzzes with vibrant new media cultures. In a world in which virtual and physical space have become interdependent dimensions of political consciousness and activity, media-savvy civil society activists have come to play crucial roles in advancing state and corporate accountability and transparency as well as the rule of law. In the Philippines, in Indonesia, in China, and, more recently, in the Middle East, virtual discourse has proven its potential to channel anger into action and to evoke explosive social mobilizations in physical space that alter societal structures from below. At the frontiers of new media-augmented urbanity, ever-new forms of (cyber-) urban public spaces emerge, imbued with potential for individual and collective civic renewal and solidaristic action. The dialectical relationship between cyber and urban space becomes increasingly significant for urban cultural politics and place-making processes that have historically functioned as conduit for social movements and political transformation.

This workshop aims to revisit the ever-shifting spatialities and connections between political participation and social change in urban Asia and to explore re-imaginings of what ‘political action’, ‘public space’, ‘place-making’, and ‘social movements’ mean in our globally networked societies. The workshop brings together young scholars and leading experts working on empirical urban realities, in different cultural and national contexts, to discuss how political transformation is initiated, negotiated, and resisted, in order to advance our understanding of the challenges that precede and follow highly visible insurgencies and the ways in which new media are deployed by various actors to either strengthen or stifle these processes. We invite submission of papers pertaining to cutting edge research at the nexus of new media, social activism and movements, and public space.

Central questions include (but are not limited to):

- How do activisms and public space (online and offline) shape each other in diverse urban settings in Asia?

- How do shared meanings and social actions evolve, both independent of and in interaction with state and corporate actors?

- How do new forms of cyber-urban institutions and networks emerge, and how do these alter the meanings of urban spaces?

- To what extent do these institutions and social movements have the substance and impetus to sustain broader societal change?

- How can organically grown aspirations, initiatives, movements, and institutions inform and influence urban planning, policy, laws, and governance?

- How do the contested dialectics of cyburbanity create Asia’s civil (and uncivil) spheres?

We invite paper proposals which should include a title, an abstract of 300 words, and a short biographical sketch of 150 words. Please submit your proposal to Sharon Ong at arios@nus.edu.sg using the Paper Proposal Submission Form by 1 June 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 July 2011 and will be required to send in a completed paper (5,000 to 8,000 words) based on unpublished material by 20 August 2011. Selected papers will be developed and included in a monograph or special journal issue. Details upon request.

Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding is available for successful applicants. Full funding would cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means, plus board and lodging for the duration of the conference. Priority will be given to participants that are based in developing parts of Asia.

Workshop Convenors
Dr Peter MAROLT (marolt@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Rita PADAWANGI (spprp@nus.edu.sg)
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block, 469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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March 10, 2011

CFP: The Philippines and the World 9th International Conference on the Philippines at MSU

ICOPHIL-9: The Philippines and the World The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines
22-25 May 2012 at Michigan State University

The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA, May 22-25, 2012. Held at approximately four-year intervals since 1980, this conference seeks to bring together specialists in all academic areas concerning the Philippines or Filipinos anywhere in the world. Within the context of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary sessions we aim to foster interdisciplinary conversations among academics, policy makers, and interested members of the global community that will bring about greater understanding of Philippine matters and address issues of importance for the future of the Philippines and Filipinos in the homeland and its diasporas. Depending upon funding, it is anticipated that some of the sessions will be internet-based to incorporate presenters located outside the United States.
We seek proposals for full panels and individual papers, as well as demonstrations of useful technologies and cultural presentations. Papers should be original works that have not been published or presented elsewhere. Most panels will run for 2 hours, with 30 minutes allocated to discussion. So in proposing panels, organizers should keep in mind a 90-minute window for all presentations, including introductions. When a panel includes a designated respondent (not required), that should also be figured within the 90 minutes of presentation. Individual papers that are not proposed as part of a panel will be scheduled within an appropriate disciplinary or problem-centered session. One or more poster sessions will also be scheduled. Innovative formats, including those utilizing social media, will be considered.
In addition to traditional disciplinary areas, papers and panels are sought on non-traditional topics and areas, such as agriculture, arts and humanities, banking and finance, criminal justice, design, education, engineering, food security, human and animal health, journalism and communications, law, literature, material culture, military affairs, music, natural resources, science and technology. All topics germane to the Philippines are welcome!
Submit panel and paper proposals by November 1, 2011 to:
ICOPHIL Committee
Asian Studies Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1035

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March 04, 2011

The American Experience in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975

The Office of the Historian Announces that the Proceedings of
“The American Experience in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975” are Now Available Online.

The Department of State’s Office of the Historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs convened a conference September 29-30, 2010, on U.S. policy and the war in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975, with special emphasis on the years of greatest American involvement in the conflict in Vietnam. Featured speakers at the conference included Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Ambassador John D. Negroponte, participants in the Vietnam policy process, and the late Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke.
The conference showcased and commemorated the completion of the Indochina/Vietnam War documentary histories prepared by the Office of the Historian in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. In approximately 26 volumes, the Office of the Historian has printed over 24,500 pages of policy related documents. Transcripts and videos can be found on the Office of the Historian website at http://history.state.gov/conferences/2010-southeast-asia/videos-transcripts.

Dr. Kissinger defended the Nixon Administration’s Vietnam War policy, stating that “most of what went wrong in Vietnam we did to ourselves” and that he was “absolutely unreconstructed” on this point. Ever the realist, he argued that a key lesson from the war must be that when the United States goes to war it must do so as a united country and with a “global strategic analysis that explains to us what the significance of this [going to war] is.” He called the conference “an extraordinary, moving experience in my life.”
Ambassador John D. Negroponte, similar to the other speakers, focused on lessons learned from the war. The central one, he concluded, “really goes to the question of Iraq and Afghanistan and many subsequent experiences for me, but I guess it’s pretty simple. Be careful before you take the first step, because once you get in, then you just – you lose a little bit of control about the next ones and the consequences. And it becomes harder to decide to disengage.”
Ambassador Holbrooke’s career started in Vietnam – his first posting as a Foreign Service Officer – and was an experience that influenced his thinking throughout his career. In Holbrooke’s speech, he reflected on this experience, concluding that “our goals in Vietnam did not justify the immense costs of the war. Nor do I believe that success was denied to us because of domestic events and lack of patience on the part of the American public.” In short, “success [in Vietnam] was not achievable. Those who advocated more escalation or something called, ‘staying the course,’ were advocating something that would have led only to a greater and more costly disaster afterwards.”

The program included a panel on the role of the media on the Vietnam War to explore the impact of the press on public opinion and United States policy. Marvin Kalb moderated the panel, which consisted of journalists Morley Safer, William Beecher, and Edith Lederer, all of whom reported from Vietnam or about the Vietnam War, as well as the late Barry Zorthian, former Director of Media Relations at U.S. Embassy Saigon. Succinctly summing up the subject, moderator Marvin Kalb said: “I think that you have to have lived on Mars to have missed the central role that the media played during the Vietnam War.”
Other panels featured thought-provoking presentations by leading American and international scholars on topics such as force and diplomacy, counterinsurgency and pacification, the United States and its allies, and the war at home.
Aided by the recollections of participants in the policy process such as Dr. Kissinger and Ambassadors Holbrooke and Negroponte, by documents in the Foreign Relations series, and by presentations of the most recent research by scholars, this conference provided a special opportunity to re-examine the formation, development, and consequences of United States policy in Indochina and the Vietnam War for America and the world. Those in attendance broadened and deepened their knowledge and understanding of the war in Southeast Asia, as will those who read and study these videos and transcripts online at the Office of the Historian website.

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