The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), in conjunction with its global partners, is pleased to announce the Second Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary 2013, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from 8 – 10 November 2013.
FilmAsia 2013 Conference Themes
Social Media and Responsibility; Globalization and Internationalization
As technological innovations and advances have created an ever-growing media net, and where lines have become increasingly blurred between users and consumers, questions of media accountability continue to be a constant source of discussion. Media organizations around the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. Social media has infused itself in the lives of every young person in the developed world today. And the types of social media that we use are ever growing, evolving and changing.
The way we communicate has also changed dramatically moving further away from face-to-face communication. This theme looks at how social media has been used increasingly within films, storylines, and around film and film production, marketing and distribution.
Connectedness, Identity and Alienation
Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today’s digitalized world. People can spend hours a day talking on mobile phones, on Skype, or on the Internet, which gives the impression that we are a more connected world than ever before. And communication is lauded. Because of the massive information flow we can call ourselves perhaps the most connected age in history. But is this connectedness, however, real or illusory? Quantity of communication does not guarantee quality.
For example, to many sensitive people, when they call a number and hear the words “Please listen to the following options” the sense of connectedness suddenly becomes alienating. The crude mechanics entailed can make people feel suspicious, isolated, and even threatened by an invisible structure they cannot penetrate. A raft of serious existential issues arises out of this:
- What impact does this have on the self whose identity in the time/space continuum, in the rapidly changing environment, and in these manufactured structures, depends for its development on interaction with perceived reality?
- What becomes the definition of the human? And what of the awareness of the transcendent in the human spirit from which ethics and aesthetics depend for their existence?
Far from being questions of the present moment, these are parameters that will dominate the central problem of human self-understanding as we progress further into the uncharted waters of a highly uncertain future.
The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary encourages sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Film and Documentary, including:
- Film Direction and Production
- Film Criticism and Theory
- Film and Literature: Artistic Correspondence
- Film History
- Documentary History
- Archive-Based Studies
- Films and Digital Distribution (Use of the Internet and video sharing)
- Animé and Digital Film Production
- Films, Festivals, and Fans (Audience/Fan responses to film)
NOTE: Successful presentations in these streams may be scheduled alongside relevant papers submitted as a part of the FilmAsia sister conference, MediAsia.
We welcome submissions in the above streams, and propose the following three optional conference themes that have been designed by the conference organizers to inspire research possibilities. The themes are designed to elicit a wide variety of interpretations as avenues of research.
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film, edited by Dr James Rowlins of Singapore University of Design and Technology.
MediAsia 2013 Sister Conference
FilmAsia 2013 will be held alongside the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication, or MediAsia 2013. Registrants to either event will have the option of attending parallel sessions in the other for no extra charge.