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



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.







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