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Panel CFP: Asian Ecocinema & Media (ASLE 2015)

2014 November 5
by Shared by Steve Rust

CFP: Panel on “Asian Ecocinema & media: Notes from Underground”, ASLE 2015 (June 23-25, Moscow, Idaho)
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)’s 11th Biennial Conference will take place June 23-27, 2015 at University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. Keynote speakers include Linda Hogan, Stephanie LeMenager, Jorge Navarro, Anna Tsing, and Donna Haraway.

With a growing awareness of global environmental issues, and an attempt to address the growing interest in films and media in relation to various ecocritical theories, this panel invites papers that fall within the study of media and films in Asia in relation to ecological and environmental issues. It seeks to expand the field of ecocinema/eco-visual media studies towards a broader coverage in Asian contexts.

Papers that address the conference theme, “Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice” will be of particular interest. Participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possible. From the depictions of Asian environmental crises (e.g. The Impossible, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain), representations of ruinous environments shaped by urban developments and post-disaster reconstructions (e.g. Still Life, 3.11 Surviving Japan), horror or artistic depictions of the dark side of nature (Dark Water, Uncle Bonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), to social media coverage of pollution problems in Asian cities, ecological and environmental issues in Asia have increasingly been exposed to the outside world through fictional films, documentaries and various forms of media.

Possible themes may include, but not limited to:
Waste, toxicity, refuse and pollutions
Underground aesthetics in ecocinema
Underground, independent cinema in Asia
Eco-degradation and human (moral) degradation
Eco-materialism/ New Materialisms in film/media
Specific environmental issues in Asia
Defining Asian ecocinema/ eco-film criticism
Asian eco-religio-philosophical thoughts in films
Green movements and social media in Asia
Animal studies, animality, ecojustice
Climatic changes, natural disasters in film
Other related topics

You are invited to submit a 300 word abstract, a brief bio, or any question to
Kiu-wai Chu at Deadline for proposal submission is
November 30, 2014. For further information about the conference
please refer to the following link:

Kiu-wai Chu
Department of Comparative Literature,
University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong

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