14 July 2007

CFP - Special Issue of Journal of Chinese Cinemas (due: 28 September 07)

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Chinese Cinemas, vol. 2, no. 3 (2008)

Title: Chinese Cinema as New Media
Guest Editors: Helen Hok-Sze Leung and Audrey Yue

Journal of Chinese Cinemas is the only refereed academic publication in English devoted to the study of Chinese film.

The impact of new media on Chinese cinemas has changed the ways films are produced, distributed and consumed. From the use of special effects in kung fu blockbusters (da pian), the subversive play of e-gao on the Internet, to the innovative cinema convergences in creative Asian film economies, new media technologies have not only modernised Chinese cinemas, they have also enabled participatory modes of spectatorships, cultivated new cinephilia, and challenged film authorship. While the development of new media in changing cinema cultures has preoccupied recent film studies in the West, there has been no sustained focus on the impact of new media on Chinese cinemas. This special issue, edited by Helen Hok-Sze Leung and Audrey Yue, aims to fill the gap.

The editors of the journal special issue now invite abstract submissions of 250-300 words on any aspect of new media and Chinese Cinema.

Each abstract should:

  • include your name, address, and institution;
  • focus on one particular site (e.g. film, star, website, practice, etc.)from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and/or the Chinese diaspora (Chinese and English names if appropriate);
  • and offer an innovative approach to the theorisation of new media, widely discussed in the fields of cinema studies, cultural and new media studies. Approaches may include, but are not limited to, issues of special effects and digitisation, theories of visuality and virtuality, creative film economies, convergence, new cinephilia, participatory media, cybercultures, embodiment, piracy, Internet fandom.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 December 2007
  • Acceptance notice: 1 February 2008
  • Deadline for paper (6000-8000 words) submission: 1 July 2008
  • Projected journal publication date: February 2009

Abstract submissions (as word documents by email attachment) to both:
Helen Hok-Sze Leung (Simon Fraser University, Canada): helen_leung@sfu.ca
Audrey Yue (The University of Melbourne, Australia): aisy@unimelb.edu.au

Contact for journal information:
Song Hwee Lim (Chief Editor, Journal of Chinese Cinemas): S.H.Lim@exeter.ac.uk

Website for paper format: See Notes for Contributors (PDF) at www.intellectbooks.co.uk.