Network Conference – Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China

 

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This conference focused on emerging nations, strong nations, and the ways that fixed notions of nationhood can de destabilized through filmic representations of the child. This event took place at Zhejiang University, Ningbo Institute of Technology, in the Zhejiang province of China, on Monday the 4th of May 2015.

Papers considered why, and indeed whether, the cinematic child is aligned to concepts of modern nationhood, to concerns of the State, and to geopolitical organizational themes and precepts. World cinema is understood not as a commercial label but as a discursive site for the mapping and remapping of local, national and transnational understandings of both child and nation and for the exploration of themes of belonging, encounter and experience as well as agency and representation. Scholars were invited to interrogate how far the image of the child in modern cinema transcends, ignores, contradicts or is deeply embedded in the concept of nationhood. They examined the structure of national feeling in places of production and distribution, and the manner in which the child is deployed to maintain, reflect or interrogate these structures. This was not a study of national cinemas but it did explore where cinema makes the child a national avatar or metonym for a concept of national belonging, intra-national encounter, or dissolution. The complex relations between national borders, language and political cultures are likely to produce conflicted representations of the national subject, all of which require politically and culturally informed and nuanced readings of filmic text. We are pleased that the conference produced such sensitive readings.

For more details regarding network activities in Ningbo, and for more photos, please see the event posts below.

 

(网络会议——宁波理工学院,浙江大学,中国)

这次会议主要集中讨论了在一些新兴国家和一些发展强国中,人们对于孩子的观念可以通过电影中孩子的表现产生动摇。这次会议举办地是在中国浙江的浙江大学宁波理工学院,时间是2015年5月4号星期一。

论文主要讨论了当涉及到国家,地缘政治组织以及相关的一些政策时,为什么以及是否电影中的孩子的表现需要符合当代我们对孩子的概念的定义。世界电影不仅仅被贴上了一种商业的标签,同时它也成为了为地域内,民族内,甚至是跨世界的人们来理解关于探索“世界与儿童类别电影的主题归属,遭遇和经历”这一概念的指引和发言场所。参与会议的学者们还就在当今电影中关于孩子的形象的塑造是超越了还是忽视了我们对“孩子”这一概念的定义进行了讨论。他们用民族情感来分析了这一问题,并以孩子的行为习惯来对孩童电影的结构进行了分析。这次的会议不仅仅是为了研究民族电影,而且还探究了电影是如何将儿童塑造成了民族的化身或者说是以儿童在电影中的表现来展示了民族归属感,民族内部的遭遇和民族的消失。国家之间的复杂关系,国民之间语言、政治、文化的不同引起的冲突,所有这些都要求我们去了解来自电影文本的关于政治和文化上的微妙差别。我们很感谢能够通过这次会议引起我们的思考与阅读。

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