Call for Papers – SEA The World! Southeast Asian Cinemas and Global Film Theory

The 11th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference will take place at The University of the Philippines, Cebu, between 20th and 22nd July, 2020. The focus of the conference is ‘SEA the world! Southeast Asian Cinemas and Global Film Theory’ – this theme will be addressed from a broad range of perspectives in order to encourage critical engagement with current debates in film theory and global studies, inviting papers that theorize the diverse film and media practices across Southeast Asia beyond Area Studies. Seeking to extend and build on recent developments in film theory in relation to ‘minor cinemas’, ‘small cinemas’ and ‘cinemas at the periphery’, the conference invites participants to reflect on the following questions: How do rhizomatic networks situate Southeast Asia in relation to the global? How do local and indigenous film practices in Southeast Asia connect with global media flows through film festival networks, transnational funding and/or shared aesthetic practices and thematic concerns? How do these works engage with, and critique, the concept of the nation-state while at the same time destabilize the universalizing tendencies of ‘the global’ as a theoretical framework? In what ways can recent developments in film theory, philosophy, postcolonial thought and other disciplines enrich theoretical explorations of the ways in which Southeast Asian filmmakers, artists, archivists, curators and media activists engage with global concerns around issues such as migration, colonialism, war, pollution and climate change?

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Migration (including migrant labor, media rights, migrant film festivals and advocacy)
  • Third and Fourth Cinemas
  • Transnational Cinemas
  • Co-productions
  • Eco-cinemas and eco-criticism
  • Film Philosophy
  • Small cinemas, minor cinemas
  • Travelling theories and film
  • Cultural studies

ASEACC welcomes presentations related to the conference theme or to Southeast Asian cinemas more broadly. Past conferences have included site visits, screenings, and presentations from academics, critics, filmmakers, archivists, and others interested in Southeast Asian screen media. The Call for Papers is open for individual papers of 20 minutes, as well as pre-constituted panels with a maximum of three presentations each. Please check our website archives and conference programs for past paper topics as we are less likely to accept topics that have been covered before:

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to: Alicia Izharuddin – Harvard University; Mariam Lam – University of California-Riverside and Adrian Alarilla – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.