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Miri Nakamura <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:08:21 -0400
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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to announce the following symposium.  Please feel free  
to forward to any interested parties.

Miri Nakamura
Assistant Professor of Japanese, Wesleyan University

"Asian Horror Cinema and Beyond" Symposium

UC Berkeley will host a symposium on October 7th and 8th (Friday and  
Saturday), featuring contemporary works of horror cinema that explore  
issues of memory, desire, and media in East
Asian and Southeast Asian cinema. Symposium lectures and discussions  
will offer alternative reading strategies and theoretical positions  
with which to assess the sprawling commercial,
political and aesthetic ambitions of Asian horror cinema.

Events will take place at the David Brower Center in downtown  
Berkeley (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). Symposium lectures,  
discussions and film screenings are free and open tothe public. All  
films are subtitled in English.

Organizers: Miri Nakamura, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and  
Literatures at Wesleyan University and Dan O’Neill, Associate  
Professor of Japanese at UC Berkeley.
Sponsors: UC Berkeley, Department of East Asian Languages and  
Cultures, Center for JapaneseStudies, Townsend Humanities Center,  
Berkeley Center for New Media.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 7
Location: David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

12:45 p.m. Welcome: Miri Nakamura and Dan O’Neill
1:00-2:30 p.m. Panel: “Memory and Horror”
Lan Duong (UC Riverside)
“The Ghosts of War and the Vietnamese Horror Film”
Jinsoo An (UC Berkeley)
“Fraught with Remembrance and Erasure: Spectral Terror in
2:30-4:00 p.m. Panel: “Desire and Horror”
Arnika Fuhrmann (University of Hong Kong)
“Tropical Malady: Queer Haunting in Contemporary Thai Cinema”
Jonathan Hall (Pomona College)
“The Horror of Attachment: Depopulating Recent Japanese Film”
4:00-4:30 p.m. Coffee Break
4:30-6:00 p.m. Panel: “Media and Horror”
Steve Brown (University of Oregon)
“The Sound of Horror in the Cinema of Kurosawa Kiyoshi”
Kristen Whissel (UC Berkeley)
"Vital Figures: The Life and Death of Digital Creatures"
7:30-9:00 p.m. Film: “Epitaph” (2007) directed by Jeong Beom-sik and  
Jeong Sik

Saturday, Oct. 8th
Location: David Brower Building, Goldman Theater

10:00-11:30 a.m.  Special Session: "Rethinking Horror”
Lalitha Gopalan (University of Texas at Austin)
**“Cruel Cinema: Tamil New Wave Cinema”
Akira Lippit (University of Southern California)
"Modes of Pleasure: Ultraviolence and Extreme Loneliness"
1:00-3:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Bliss Lim (UC Irvine)
“Monstrous Intimacies: Aswang Fragments in Filipino Transmedia”
3:00-3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15-5:30 p.m. Film: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past  
Lives” (2010)
directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
5:30-7:00 p.m. Working roundtable with scholars and audience

**From October 6-9, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) will  
be screening two films from the “Cruel Cinema” collection curated by  
Lalitha Gopalan and Anuj Vaidya.  For details, see http://

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