Nation, Gender and History: Asian Cinemas in Perspective

Vilnius University, Centre of Oriental Studies

7-9 September 2017




Thursaday, 7th September 2017

09:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:30 Opening

10:30 – 11:45 Keynote address. Professor Ira Bhaskar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi): Traumatic Histories, Tortured Memories, the Fractured Social Body: The Partition and its Cinematic Legacies for the Subcontinent

12:00 – 13:00 Excursion at Vilnius University (optional)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Panel sessions 1 and 2

 Panel 1 (Kovalevski Room): Gender and nationalism

Fabio Belafatti (Vilnius University, LT): Gendered Nationalism, Neo-Nomadism, and Ethnic-Based Exclusivity in Kyrgyz, Kazakh and Uzbek Nationalist Discourses.

Sebastian Klausner (Johannes Kepler University Linz, AT): Dis-/Enabling Japanese Nationalism in the late 2000s. Gendering and Allegorizing Amputees’ War Narratives in Kōno Fumiyo’s Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (2007-2009) and Wakamatsu Kōji’s Kyatapirā (2010).

Irene González-López (Kingston University, UK): Gender, Sex and Power: Re-imagining Occupation in Japanese Cinema.

Panel 2 (Binderis Room): Digital media and the nation

 Sushil K Yati (Indira Gandhi National Open University, IN): Performing the ‘real’ in Bhojpuri song videos: Situating Bhojpuri within the contemporary digital media.

 Ahmet Gurata (Bilkent University, TR): Database and Comparative History of Cinema .

Bindu Menon (Delhi University, IN): Migrant Vernaculars: Malabar Homes films and Lateral Linkages in South Asian Visual Cultures.

 16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 Panel sessions 3 and 4

Panel 3 (Kovalevski Room): Gender and exploitation

 Wafa Ghermani (University of Paris III – La Sorbonne Nouvelle, FR): Revengeful women: the Taiwan Black cinema of the beginning of the 1980s.

 Aliosha Herrera Elias (University of Paris III – La Sorbonne Nouvelle, FR): The erotic stars of Thai popular cinema: censorship, subversion, archetypes.

Tatiana Szurlej (Manipal University, IN): The Nagin – a goddess, a monstrous feminine or a mere sexual object. Snake films and their heroines.

Panel 4 (Binderis Room): History and trauma

Preeta Nilesh, Nilakshi Roy (University of Mumbai, IN): The Allegoric “Matrubhoomi”: Gender- Dystopia Imagined.

René Sharanya Verma (University of Oxford, UK): Emergency and Emergences: Interrogating gendered representations in cinema during the 1975 Emergency.

Maria Skakuj-Puri (Independent scholar, IN): National games on regional scene: Punjabi language films and the trauma of 1984.

 18:30 Reception

Friday, 8th September 2017

09:00 – 10:30 Panel sessions 5 and 6

 Panel 5 (Kovalevski Room): Dance and Indian cinema

Kristina Dolinina (Vilnius University, LT): The “new” tale of a dancing courtesan in Hindi cinema: the mirror of a changing society?

Dhruv Rupapara (University of East London, UK):  Kathak dance: from stage to screen.

Anugyan Naag (Jawaharlal Nehru University, IN): The transnational and global identities of Bollywood through dance.

Panel 6 (Binderis Room): Horror and terror

 Lindsay Nelson (Meiji University, JP): Unlikely Heroes: Redefining Nation and Masculinity in Contemporary Japanese Zombie Films.

Seán Hudson (Kyushu University, JP): The Politics of Horror: ‘Transpacific Complicity’ and the J-Horror Movement.

Yang Insil (Iwate University, JP): Hybridity of Colonial Korea in Cinema – The Representation of the Colonial Korea, Gender, Spy.

 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel sessions 7 and 8.

 Panel 7 (Kovalevski Room): Travel and migration

 Chris Berry (King’s College London, UK): Lost in China? Gender, Mobility and Social Transformation in the Contemporary Chinese Travel Film.

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil (Manipal University, IN): A Place Elsewhere: Reading the Migrant Melodramas from Kerala.

Bidisha Banerjee (The Education University of Hong Kong, HK): The Necessary Expulsion of the (M)Other: Immigrant Matricide and Abjection in Ann Hui’s Film Night and Fog.

Panel 8 (Binderis Room): Gender and cinema

 Françoise Robin (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations, FR): “Long in hair, short in thoughts”? A tentative interpretation of Tibetan women’s silence in Pema Tseden’s films.

Yijun Li (Free University of Brussels, BE): Ethnic Minority Women in Chinese Cinemas: Sexuality, Ethnicity and Nationality.

Zebunnisa Hamid (SOAS, UK): Changing Gender Roles in Pakistani Cinema.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel sessions 9 and 10

 Panel 9 (Kovalevski Room):  War and history

 Mara Matta (Sapienza Università di Roma, IT): Sleeping with the enemy or In the mood for love? War, Friendship, Love and Intimacy in Two Films from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

 Clelia Clini (The American University of Rome, IT): “This War Has Ruined Everything”: Partition and National Identity in Rahat Kazmi’s Mantostaan (2016)

Hoang Nga (Karlsruhe University of Education, DE): Heroine in Vietnam war films and its using in historical learning – The perspective from Vietnam.

 Panel 10 (Binderis Room): Fandom and screen practices

Felicia Chan (University of Manchester, UK): Cosmopolitan pleasures and affects; or why are we still talking about yellowface in the 21st century?

Miyuki Hashimoto (University of Vienna, AT): Gender and Identity of Austrian Otaku.

 Amrita Goswami (Jawaharlal Nehru University, IN): New Bollywood’s ‘Hindie’: Status of independent cinema in the contemporary Hindi Film Industry of India.

17:00 – 20:00

Valentina Vitali (University of East London, UK): Hindu chauvinism and the inscription of gender in the documentaries of Anand Patwardhan.

Screening of War and Peace (dir. Anand Patwardhan, 2002).

Saturday, 9th September 2017

09:00 – 10:30 Panel sessions 11 and 12

Panel 11 (Kovalevski Room): Ghosts and haunting

 Deimantas Valančiūnas (Vilnius University, LT): Haunting history: Bombay gothic in the 1960s.

Runa Chakraborty (Ambedkar University, IN): The ‘Dangerous’ Dayen: Bollywood’s Witch Films and the Politics of Gender.

Šarūnas Paunksnis (Kaunas University of Technology, LT): Post-urban Horrors, Spatial Anxiety, and Dead Women in Darr @ The Mall and Phobia.

Panel 12 (Binderis Room): Gender, power and nation

Audrius Beinorius (Vinius University, LT): “The Trail of God”: Religion, Secularism and Nation in Oh My God!

 Eija Niskanen (University of Helsinki, FIN): Shock Wave and gendered heroism in Hong Kong action.

 Agnis Belte (SOAS, UK): Moulding Masculinities: Representations of the Chinese Nationalist Government’s Masculine Ideals in Republican China’s Cinema.

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel sessions

Panel 13 (Kovalevski Room):  Screen cultures

 Solène Gayathri de Brébisson (Univ. Grenoble Alpes, FR): Is there a National Indian Cinema? A Comparative Study between Hindi and Tamil Cinemas.

Mohamad Huzaifa Pandit (University of Kashmir, IN): Gesture, desire and space making in Bollywood – An analysis of selected songs.

Ivanka Vlaeva (South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, BUL): Interpretation of rituals and music: movie models in India.

12:30 – 13:00 Closing remarks

13:00 – 17:00 Tour to the medieval castle in Trakai with lunch (optional).