UCR Hosts Symposium on Postcolonial Cinema Studies

The Jan. 31 event will examine African and Asian film-making and connections between postcolonial and cinema studies

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Symposium on Postcolonial Cinema Studies planned Jan. 31.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Scholars from five universities will meet at UC Riverside in an all-day “Symposium on Postcolonial Cinema Studies” beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, CHASS Interdisciplinary Building 1128.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. RSVP to mwaller@ucr.edu. Parking costs $6 for the day.

“Over the past several decades, both postcolonial studies and cinema studies have developed into primary research areas. The two fields, though, have not been put into relation with one another, even though historically they are deeply intertwined,” said Marguerite Waller, chair of the UCR Department of Women’s Studies.

The symposium brings together a group of scholars from UCR, the University of Southern California, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount University and Ohio University, several of whom contributed to the new edited volume “Postcolonial Cinema Studies” (Routledge, 2012) to discuss how opening an interdisciplinary space between media studies and postcolonial studies advances both fields, she explained.

Panel topics will include “Trajectories of African Cinema: From Origins to Nollywood” (Nigerian film-making), “Postsocialist Media,” “Postcolonial Aesthetics,” “Neorealism and Neoliberalism,” “New Trends in Southeast Asian and Korean Cinema,” and “From Postcolonial to Decolonial Studies.”

UC Riverside participants include: Sabine Doran, associate professor of comparative literature and foreign languages;  Kelly Jeong, assistant professor of comparative literature and foreign languages; Tammy Ho, assistant professor of women’s studies;  Ruhi Khan, assistant professor of media and cultural studies; Mariam Lam, associate professor of comparative literature and foreign languages and director of Southeast Asian Studies; Michelle Raheja, associate professor of English; Tanya Rawal, a graduate student in comparative literature and foreign languages; Jeff Sacks, assistant professor of comparative literature and foreign languages; Freya Schiwy, associate professor of media and cultural studies; Setsu Shigematsu, assistant professor of media and cultural studies; and Marguerite Waller, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s Studies.

Also participating will be: Jude Akudinobi, lecturer in the Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara; Anikò Imre, associate professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC; Katarzyna Marciniak, professor of transnational studies at Ohio University; and Áine O’Healy, professor of Italian and director of the Humanities Program at Loyola Marymount University.

The symposium is sponsored by the departments of Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, and Media and Cultural Studies.

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Marguerite Waller
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