This semester there are three Chinese Studies seminars planned the first of which will take on Wed 27th January
January 27 17:00-19.00
Dr Marjorie Dryburgh (University of Sheffield)
Visual Histories of a Northern City: In Search of a People’s Past
This talk will take place in the University of Edinburgh 50 George Square, Lecture RoomG.02.
The second talk of this semester is outlined below. Further info on venue and time will be confirmed nearer the date.
Wednesday, March 2 Time and Venue TBC
Dr Sabrina Yu (Newcastle University)
Going Back to the Hometown: A New Root-searching Movement in Contemporary Chinese Independent Cinema
It has been critically recognised that there was a root-searching movement in the 1980s in China, immediately after the Cultural Revolution, firstly in literature, then in film, exemplified by some Fifth Generation Directors’ works. This paper aims to outline a new root-searching movement emerging in Chinese independent films in the past ten years or so. It will scrutinise this new trend within its social, cultural and filmic context in contemporary China. I argue that this new root-searching movement is different from the previous one in that root-searching is not just a subject matter or a nostalgic sentiment, but also manifested as new film aesthetics and fresh approaches to filmmaking, which have been subtly changing the landscape of contemporary Chinese cinema. This new trend will also be discussed in relation to the challenges that independent filmmaking in current China is facing, such as the lack of financial support, the restrictions on exhibition and distribution and the scarcity of audience.
The venue and time for the final talk in this semester’s Chinese Studies seminar series will take place on Wednesday, March 16. It will be given by
Dr Liang Hongling (University of Glasgow) on “The Enlightenment, Sino-French Institute and Tel Quel: Looking at Three Moments in Sino-French Knowledge Dynamics”.