2nd Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary (FilmAsia) 2013

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  • 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.

    The Fil­mA­sia event is a remark­able cross-​cultural and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary dis­cus­sion, which encour­age aca­d­e­mics and schol­ars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encour­ag­ing lively but respect­ful dia­logue. This inter­na­tional con­fer­ence will bring together a num­ber of uni­ver­sity schol­ars work­ing through­out Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas.
    Fil­mA­sia 2013 will afford the oppor­tu­nity for renew­ing old acquain­tances, mak­ing new con­tacts, and net­work­ing across higher edu­ca­tion. Aca­d­e­mics work­ing in Japan and Asia will be encour­aged to forge work­ing rela­tion­ships with each other, as well as with col­leagues from Europe and the US, facil­i­tat­ing part­ner­ships across borders.

    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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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
    • Biog­ra­phy
    • 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.

    Pub­lish­ing Opportunities

    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.

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    Conference START 10.11.2013 END

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