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King's College London, Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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CVF 2018 Conference

Critical Voices; Critical Silences: Chinese and Sinophone Film Theory and Criticism

Panel 1: 9:00–10:50
Criticism and Aesthetics in/under the pressure of contemporary China

Panel 2: 11:00–12:50
Cinema as an ethical environment

Panel 3: 14:00–16:00
Subjectivsation and Authentication: Who can speak in the cinema?

Roundtable: 16:00–17:30
Voices and silences: Locating/producing Chinese and Sinophone film theories and criticisms from the margins

(followed by screening of Soundless Wind Chime + Kit Hung in Conversation - ticketed separately)


What are Chinese and Sinophone film theories and criticisms? For over a century, film theory and criticism have been considered by scholars, film enthusiasts, and cultural critics as an exclusively ‘Western’ enterprise. Such a point of view not only silences the vibrant cultures of film criticisms outside Europe and North America, but also upholds the Euro-American critical language as the gold standard of evaluating all cinemas and film practices.

In the context of Chinese and Sinophone cinemas, film theory and criticism have actively shaped the aesthetics of Shanghai and Hong Kong cinemas between the 1930s and 1950s, gave rise to the Hong Kong New Wave and New Taiwan Cinema, initiated contemporary creative works made by Uyghur and Tibetan filmmakers, and informed both official and unofficial perspective on studio and independent filmmaking in Beijing and Shanghai today. In this sense, theory and criticism often function as a means by which a new generation or community of filmmakers could break the silence imposed upon them by their previous generation or by competing social forces.

This academic workshop gathers together scholars from the UK, the United States, and Hong Kong, who work on different historical periods and geopolitical regions in Chinese and Sinophone cinemas to foster a conversation on Chinese and Sinohpone film theory and criticism. In so doing, these scholars map those critical voices and silences that have given and continue to generate filmmakers and audiences the impetus to create new images. These images continue to negotiate the artistic, social, and political imaginations, discourses, and practices in China and various Sinophone communities.

This workshop is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Conference Support and the QR Fund of Film Studies, King’s College London.


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Panel 1: 9:00–10:50
Criticism and Aesthetics in/under the pressure of contemporary China
Chan Hiu Man (Birmingham City University), Critical valuation of the current debates in Mainland Chinese film criticism
Gary Bettinson (Lancaster University), PRC censorship on contemporary Hong Kong cinema

Panel 2: 11:00–12:50
Cinema as an ethical environment
Hong Guo-Juin (Duke University), Slowness as an ethical environment
Lo Wai Luk (Hong Kong Baptist University), ‘The Ethical space of a turbulent age: Commenting on the community framework of Chinese cinema in the 1930s’

Panel 3: 14:00–16:00
Subjectivsation and Authentication: Who can speak in the cinema?
Victor Fan (King’s College London), ‘Breaking the wave: Women and queer filmmaking and criticism in the early Hong Kong New Wave’
Jessica Yeung (Hong Kong Baptist University), Cinema of the Fates: Pema Tseden and Zhang Yang’s ‘Tibetan’ films

Roundtable: 16:00–17:30
Voices and silences: Locating/producing Chinese and Sinophone film theories and criticisms from the margins

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King's College London, Anatomy Lecture Theatre

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