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The Film Scene:  Cinema, the Arts, and Social Change

A Symposium sponsored by the Film Culture Project of the
Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Music, and
the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong

	The Film Scene:  Cinema, the Arts, and Social Change will be held at the
University of Hong Kong, April 21-22, 2006 (following the Hong Kong
International Film Festival, April 4-19). This interdisciplinary, two-day
symposium will bring together scholars from Hong Kong and abroad to
explore the connections between the cinema and the other arts within the
context of social change.  Since its birth, the cinema has been at the
crossroads of the connections among the plastic and performing arts, and,
today, film continues to question the borders separating various
aesthetic practices and media.  Within this complex matrix, the film
“scene” emerges as a meeting ground of artists working in various forms
on the cutting edge of aesthetic exploration and social change.

Possible topics/panels:

•	Defining the “scene”:  Film as artistic practice and public event
•	Film and other art forms (music, dance, theatre, photography, fine arts,
digital arts, literature, etc.)
•	Film Music and the Music Scene (connections to classical music,
Canto-pop, Chinese opera, ethnomusicology, etc.)
•	Gender and the film scene:  Women’s issues, sexuality, masculinity,
queer cinema, etc.
•	Film and arts activism:  Cinema and the political scene
•	Film and the public sphere:  modernity, post-modernity, and the motion
picture
•	The Hong Kong “scene”:  Film and the arts in Hong Kong
•	Defining an Asian “scene”:  The global reach of Asian cinema
•	Globalization and the Indie Scene:  Independent cinema and transnational
film culture
•	The Cyber-Scene:  Film and digital culture
•	Between Art and Document:  Interconnections between video art and
documentary practices
•	Being Seen:  Stardom, images, and commodities
•	History Seen:  Colonialism, post-colonialism, and the cinema
•	The Money Seen:  Film and the circulation of capital
•	The Scene as Site:  Space, place, and the film scene
•	The Spiritual Dimension:  Traditional beliefs and contemporary cinema
•	Seen, Scene, and Obscene:  Sexuality and the cinema


Professor Ackbar Abbas, author of Hong Kong:  Culture and the Politics of
Disappearance (Minnesota, 1997), of the Department of Comparative
Literature, will deliver the keynote address on April 21.  Professor Kam
Louie, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and author of Theorising Chinese
Masculinity:  Society and Gender in China (Cambridge, 2002), will offer
opening remarks.

	We invite all scholars and students working in any academic discipline to
play a part in the symposium.  If you would like to participate, please
send a brief abstract of your presentation (under 250 words) or a brief
outline of what you would like to contribute (e.g., chair a panel,
organize a workshop, prepare a poster session, etc.) to Dr. Gina
Marchetti, Comparative Literature, at [log in to unmask] by February
15, 2006. We will not be able to provide transportation, accommodations,
or honoraria.  However, there is no registration fee for the symposium,
and lunch will be provided on April 22.

	If you have any further questions, please contact Gina Marchetti,
[log in to unmask] or any of the other members of the organizing
committee, including Esther Cheung, [log in to unmask], Chan Hing-yan,
[log in to unmask], Giorgio Biancorosso, [log in to unmask], Mirana
Sze-to, [log in to unmask], and Yau Ka-fai, [log in to unmask]

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