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ACT34 2017 : Images of Asia in Portuguese Cinema

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Link: http://imagesofasia.wixsite.com/2017
 
When Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 17, 2017
Where Faculty of Letters (Univ. of Lisbon)
Submission Deadline Jan 20, 2017
Notification Due Jan 25, 2017
Categories    portuguese orientalism   cinema studies   asia   exoticism
 

Call For Papers

Since the first decades of the 20th century — «Macau» (1924) and more than a dozen documentaries of M. Antunes Amor throughout the 20s and 30s, or the documentaries of Miguel Spiguel —, going through filmmakers such as Paulo Rocha («A Ilha dos Amores», 1982; «A Ilha de Moraes», 1984; «O Desejado ou As Montanhas da Lua», 1987), Luís Filipe Rocha («Amor e Dedinhos de Pé», 1991) or João Mário Grilo («Os olhos da Ásia», 1996), to the most recent years — with Ivo M. Ferreira («O Homem da Bicicleta - Diário de Macau», 1997 e «Em Volta», 2002), the filmography of João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata («China China», 2007; «Alvorada Vermelha», 2011; «A Última Vez que Vi Macau» (2012); «Mahjong», 2013; «IEC Long», 2014), or the very recent «Ama-San» (2016) by Cláudia Varejão — one can observe a series of gestures that, passing through the postcolonial transformations, bring the Portuguese filmography closer to Asian culture and spaces to which the country has been linked since the Discoveries. Asia is, in so many of these films, interpreted and problematised through a set of images and categories dating back to the 16th century. Going from an interest in the inaugural moments of this encounters to an interest in contemporary migratory movements, a discreet but consequent permanence of the topic in Portuguese cinema is revealed, even in authors for whom it is not a central topic. This phenomenon opens a panorama in which the cinema, like literature, stays connected to a regular and continuous process of reflection on Portugal, which intensifies with the representation of the Other and the proximity to the Eastern imaginary. For this Conference, proposals offering transdisciplinary, comparative and innovative perspectives on the representations of Asian alterity in Portuguese cinema are particularly relevant.

We are inviting the submission of proposals for 20-minute presentations. The number of participants is limited and a selection of the proposals is expected.

Potential papers can address, but are not limited to, the following topics: (i) Cultural, aesthetic and literary imports from the Asian space to Portuguese/European cinema; (ii) Colonial and postcolonial Asia: cultural memory, gender, race in Portuguese cinema; (iii) Images of Asian otherness in Portugal; (iv) The Orient and the exotic in cinema: meanings and signifiers; (v) Cinema and its ethnographic value: journeys, diasporas, imaginaries and symbols; (vi) Orientalist utopias/dystopias in Portuguese filmography.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

Proposals must include the following:
- paper title;
- name;
- institutional affiliation;
- email address;
- abstract (300 words max. and 5 keywords);
- brief biographical note (circa 150 words);
- presentation language (Portuguese, English or French);
- presentation technical requirements.

Please send your proposal to: imagesofasia.flul2017@gmail.com

Deadline for abstract submission: January 20, 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 25, 2017

Registration deadline: February 5, 2017
Students (MA and PhD) – 50 €
Non students – 70 €

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