This international and interdisciplinary conference on Film and Documentary is now in its fourth year, and will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions in film studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, FilmAsia 2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond. The conference will also host the fourth IAFOR Documentary Film Award and a film festival.
The Fourth Asian Conference on Film & Documentary 2015 will again be held alongside the Sixth Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2015. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other. The events will be organised by the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and will commence on November 12 – 15, 2015 in Kobe, Japan at the Art Center of Kobe.
Conference Theme and Topics
Power remains one of the most contested, debated, omnipresent yet ungraspable of concepts. While the fact of power remains constant, changes in political, social, economic and cultural conditions require us as scholars to periodically take stock of, analyze, and trace the workings and origins of power. And while it has long been accepted that literature and literary activity have never been immune to the functions and effects of power, new alignments in public and private spheres require us to interrogate how film, production, reception and study construct and resist power.
The power of film to inspire, coerce, or lead astray is subject to constant discussion within and outside the academy. Issues of censorship, responsibility, ownership and control are evergreens and cause conflicts from the individual level within families, to major diplomatic spats between country leaders, such as over the recent US film, “The Interview”.
While producing a film is an act of power, so is watching, as interpretation is an act of power over the film, while theories of interpretation hold power over the intellect and imagination of the viewer. Those who teach, research and curate films also exercise power, though how this power is wielded is colored by perceptions of those within and outside academia. For students, the film studies teacher is a figure of power who gets to select what, as well as how, it is viewed and studied.
Power can also seem too large and unwieldy a concept to gain any purchase on, thus any analysis of power can create a sense of powerlessness, not to mention dissatisfaction at the necessarily arbitrary nature of academic analyses. But choosing which aspect of power to analyze is an act of power in itself, one that invites further interrogations of the moral and ethical dimensions of power.
Submissions are organized into the following thematic streams:
- 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)
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film is an editorially independent journal associated with FilmAsia. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.
If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.
Eye Magazine is the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye magazine, we hope to enlighten you to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.