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[ecrea] Call for papers_Film and History: The Korean Example

Wed Jul 15 02:01:56 GMT 2015

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for an interdisciplinary
international conference Film and History: The Korean Example in
November 2015. The date for the conference is 5-6 November 2015. We are
particularly delighted that this conference will be held within the
London Korean Film Festival 2015 (2.- 14. November) which is set to
celebrate its tenth anniversary, and that a number of renowned Korean
film directors and practitioners will be joining the conference.

*Film and History: The Korean Example *

Dates: 5-6 November 2015*
Centre of Korean Studies & Centre for Film Studies, SOAS, University of

In support of The London Korean Film Festival in London/Korean Cultural
Centre UK
Sponsored by: /Korean Cultural Centre UK / The Academy of Korean Studies

Cinema has become a battle ground upon which history is made – a major
mass medium of the twentieth century dealing with history. Films with
historical incidents include not only historical drama and documentary
but also other genres such as melodrama, modern political drama,
thrillers, martial arts and war films. The social functions of these
films are also diverse: from remembering, writing or inventing national
histories to educating and transporting spectators to enable them to
deal with experienced or future catastrophes.

The re-enactments of historical events in film straddle reality and
fantasy, documentary and fiction, representation and performance,
entertainment and education. The filmic forms of collective cultural
memory offer wide-ranging research possibilities in the fields of
history, film, media and cultural studies.

In recent years, research on film and history, particularly war films,
has noticeably increased. Several film theorists have already raised
questions such as; can film make a positive contribution to the
explanation of history? Can filmic depictions function as historical
source material? Can film offer particular knowledge which other media
cannot provide? These questions are increasingly relevant as our
multimedia society continues to evolve.

The following conference aims to explore the changing modes, impacts and
functions of screen images dealing with history with the case study of
Korean cinema. As with all national film industries, observing North and
South Korean film histories,  Korean cinema functions as a mass medium
of inventing national identity, national history and also establishing
their legitimacy – both in forgetting the past and remembering history.
Korean films also play a part in forging cultural national memory. Korea
as a colonized and divided nation clearly adopted different approaches
to the filmic depiction of history compared to colonial powers such as
Western or Japanese cinema. The Korean War (1950-53) draws particular
attention as this has been a major topic shaping the narrative of nation
in North and South Korean films.

Why does film need history, and history film? Why has film become an
important medium to interpret history, correct or even invent it? In
what way are independent single author films different from recent
blockbuster historical dramas? Which historical figures, battles and
events became filmic myths? In which way, and with what kind of film-
and genre aesthetics (compared to other media), have the characters of
the mythic figures, for example General Yi Sun Shin, continued or
changed? Why are they popular? With which theoretical tools can we
describe the historical re-enactment in each film in the appropriate way?

This interdisciplinary conference will examine the relationship between
film and history and the links between historical research and filmic
presentations of history with special reference to North and South
Korean cinema. The above questions will be explored. Papers on other
aspects of Film and History will also be considered.

*Call for Papers *

Proposals for individual papers (presentations will be limited to 20
Minutes) and/or 90-minute panel sessions should include an abstract of
300 words and the name, institutional affiliation, a 100 word biography
of the author, and the title of the paper.

Please send proposals in a WORD file by Monday, 3 August 2015 to the
Academic Organiser of this conference  Dr. Hyunseon (Leehs53 /at/
<mailto:(hs53 /at/>

We aim to notify successful applicants by 14 August 2015. Participants
are encouraged to send the complete paper of 5,500 - 6,000 words by
October 15th, 2015.  Please note that selected papers from the
conference will be considered for publication. For all enquiries, please
contact Dr. Hyunseon Lee (hs53 /at/ <mailto:(hs53 /at/>

This is a non-profit event which is free and open to the public.  We
therefore encourage successful applicants to apply for funding from
their own university.  The organizers will make an effort to secure
funding for accommodation and economy travel expenses to presenters
(from outside London) whose papers have been accepted. Further details
will be confirmed when the paper has been accepted.

*Full details:



Dr Griseldis Kirsch
Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Culture
Associate Dean for Taught Masters
Faculty of Languages and Cultures
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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