Established and Emerging Global Screen Cultures: Gender, Reproductions and Contemporary Cinemas

Key information

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Russell Square: College Buildings

About this event

Various speakers
The Centre for Film Studies at SOAS presents our First Postgraduate Symposium

Free and open to everyone.

As the number of departments of screen cultures continues to grow around the world and the field itself expands, new topics of research are developing whilst established angles retain their significance. For instance, digital multi-platforms add a new dimension to the discipline while questions of representation and cultural identity continue to engage academics worldwide. Furthermore, we are witnessing ever growing interactions amongst and between new geographies and established screen cultures that lead to an array of articulations that problematize our presuppositions concerning patterns of production, distribution and consumption of audio-visual products.

Against this backdrop, this event hosted by SOAS' Centre for Film Studies celebrates the heterogeneity of intradisciplinarity. This symposium brings together a kaleidoscope of academic approaches by addressing issues covering national, transnational and global concerns, which not only discuss a wide variety of spatial relations but also cover a diverse conglomeration of temporally specific contexts. In this way, the papers presented work to open a dialogue between case studies of world cinema, and explore their commonalities and particularities as well as their connections and dissociations.


10:00 – 10:15 Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker: Professor Katsuyuki Hidaka (Ritsumeikan University)

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel: The Female Body, National Identity and Power

Chair: Dr Rachel Harrison

Irene Gonzalez: Akasen chitai / Street of Shame (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1956) and the Twilight of the Red Light District in Japan

Jiratorn Sakulwattana : Contesting Constructions of Gendered Identities and National Belonging Through the Visual Representation of the Female Body in Post-1997 Thai Cinema

Lois Barnett : Naniwa Erejii / Osaka Elegy (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1936) and Gion no Kyōdai / Sisters of the Gion (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1936): On Sartoriality and Speaking

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:15 Panel: Transcultural Reproduction and Adaptation in Global Screen Cultures

Chair: Dr Lindiwe Dovey

Laz Carter: ‘ Star Clustering’ in Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu / The Wind Rises (2013): ‘(Re-)Casting’ ‘Star Images’ for the Global Marketplace

Isaya Sinpongsporn: Thai Reinventions of Korean Dramas: Transnational and Hybrid Culture on Thai Television

Treepon Kirdnark : Uploading ‘Playful’ Muslims: Re-mixing Islamic Visual References With Thai Popular Music in Amateur YouTube Videos Produced by Malay Muslim Pupils in the ‘Deep South’ of Thailand

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00 Panel: Influences and Challenges in Contemporary Cinemas

Chair: Professor Rachel Dwyer

Zebunnisa Hamid: The Rise of the Multiplex and the Role of Bollywood in Pakistan’s New Emerging Cinema Culture

Michael W. Thomas : The Role of the Cinema in the Contemporary Ethiopian ‘Video-film’ Industry

Helen Ashton: Acoustic Imaginaries: Listening to Accented English in Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge / The Braveheart Will Walk off With the Bride (1995)

17:00        Closing Remarks

Organiser: SOAS Centre for Film Studies

Contact email: