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[Commlist] CFP: Creative Spaces, Affective Responses and Visual Methods: New Approaches to Film Fan Tourism
Mon Feb 04 15:07:52 GMT 2019
Creative Spaces, Affective Responses and Visual Methods: New Approaches
to Film Fan Tourism - Call for Papers. University of Sheffield
July 12th 2019
Film tourism is not a new phenomenon and in recent years it has grown
with the rise of both fantasy based tourism (Game of Thrones (2011-19,
USA), Lord of the Rings (2001-3, New Zealand/USA) and journeys of
perceived self reflection and development (Eat, Pray Love (2010, USA)].
However, existing research has tended to focused on tourist behaviours
and heritage conservation within specific national states. Questions
related to transnational fandom and the socio-cultural implications of
their tourism are highly under-explored and this workshop is about
bridging the spaces between film studies, fan studies, tourism studies
and other allied fields.
Asia, specifically Southeast Asia, significantly relies on tourism for a
larger part of its economy. Recently, the phenomenon of “fan tourism”
has become a key point of debate following the success of transnational
films from diverse markets from The Beach (2000, USA) to Lost in
Thailand (2012, China) to Crazy Rich Asians (2017, Singapore) as well as
older features such as Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Man with the
Golden Gun (1974) and the specific form of tourism that has resulted.
Asian film trails (based on popular sites featured in films) have been
established and are shared both on- and off-line for potential visitors.
How do we both chart and evaluate the fan tourist narrative - one that
can both challenge and uphold dominant structures. Whilst at the same
time evaluate our own practices as scholars? What challenges does the
experiences and actions of the fan tourist offer to both the original
source text and the local structures of tourism and formal modes of
engagement? What methods are appropriate to explore the affective
experiences that the film fan tourist engages with. This workshop is not
focusing on the financial or political usage of film sites from formal
top-down structures (aka. tourism stakeholders), rather we seek to
explore the aesthetic and visual experiences and affective responses
that fan tourism holds.
This workshop is about developing new connections, approaches and
methods. As such, we are not asking for the traditional formal
conference paper approach. We invite scholars to submit a 300 word
overview of their work with identification areas they would be keen to
explore further with relation to this topic. We welcome visual (this can
include photography, music, film, video art) practitioners and
practice-led researchers who have challenged mainstream discourses of
travelling in Asia. Whilst we are focused primarily on Asia, scholars
whose work looks at transnational film tourism would also be considered.
We are interested in hearing from scholars whose works engage with ideas
of play, nostalgia, fandom, social media and film location. This one and
half day workshop will focus on developing networks, methodologies and
approaches to this diverse topic. By the conclusion we would explore
attendees developing creative approaches to their work and its
We are also thrilled to present a screening of Sompot Chidgasornpongse’s
award-nominated documentary film Railway Sleepers (2016) as part of this
workshop. Sompot Chidgasornpongse is known best his work as assistant
director on Cemetery of Splendor (2015), Syndromes and a Century (2006)
and Tropical Malady (2004). Railway Sleepers explores the close
connection between Thai people and the railway. The film is both a
record and a celebration of contemporary Thailand.
Maximum number of attendees will be set at 15 to ensure space to focus
and engage on the topic. We will pay travel and accommodation for
attendees up to £150 - email organisers for details.
For those based in Asia – Please note a CFP for a Singapore based
workshop will be circulated shortly.
DEADLINE: 1st May 2019.
Notification of acceptance will be the following week.
For more details please email (Filmfantourism /at/ gmail.com)
Dr. Wikanda Promkhuntong, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures
of Asia (RILCA)
Mahidol University, Thailand
Prof. Kate Taylor-Jones, School of East Asian Studies, University of
Sponsored by The British Academy and Thai Office of Higher Education
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