Research Aims

The aim of this project is to bring together an international network of scholars in order to address questions of the child and nation in the context of world cinemas.

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.

This research project will interrogate how far the image of the child in modern cinema transcends, ignores, contradicts or is deeply embedded in the concept of nationhood.

This is not a study of national cinemas but it does 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. This project aims to produce such readings.

 

Impact and Engagement Aims

Scholars, filmmakers, postgraduates, and school students are invited to share their ideas and expertise with the research network through seminars, master-classes and workshops held in the UK, China and Australia.

By incorporating such a broad range of individuals engaged in learning and education, the network mitigates barriers between levels of research (school-child to scholar), between approaches to film scholarship (theoretical and hands-on) and across the incommensurabilities and affordances of linguistic difference.

An important ethical component of the Network’s vision is genuine collaboration through mentorship amongst scholars at different career stages, and involvement of the research subject (children) within the scholarly encounter. Direct engagement with the real of children’s experience and its relations to film in the fraught encounter between youth, politics and idealization, is central to this vision.

Children and researchers will together explore viewing and agency (with a focus on belonging and home) in relation to nationhood. The work will include filmmaking by and with children.

 

Steering Committee

Professor Annette Kuhn, Department of Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.

Professor David Martin-Jones, Department of Film Studies, University of Glasgow.

Professor Catherine Driscoll, Department of Gender and Cultural Theory, University of Sydney.

 

RESEARCH AIMS(研究目的)

这个项目的目的是为了汇集国际学者来强调和分析在世界电影中关于儿童和国家的问题的。

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。

这个研究会议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。

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。我们希望能够通过这次会议引起我们的思考与阅读。

 

Impact and Engagement Aims(影响和与会的目的是)

受邀学者、制片人、研究生和学生在英国、中国和澳大利亚举办的研讨会、大师班上分享他们的观点、专业知识以及互联网研究

通过这样一个广泛的个人学习和教育活动,互联网减轻了研究水平之间的差距(初学者与学者之间)、获得电影荣誉奖金之间的差距(理论与实践之间)以及跨越那些无法比较和语言差异所带来的因素。

未来互联网愿景中一个重要的理论组成部分就是学者之间真诚的合作,它包括指导不同职业领域的学者以及关于儿童方面研究的学术问题。那些真实发生的与儿童直接相关的经历。他们与电影之间在与青春、政治和理想之间的紧张关系,是研究愿景的中心。

儿童和研究人员将共同探索观察课题(重点是归属感和家庭)与国家的关系。研究将包括孩子制作的电影作品。

 

指导人员

安妮特•库恩教授,电影研究、玛丽皇后,伦敦大学。

大卫·马丁·琼斯教授、电影研究、格拉斯哥大学。

教授凯瑟琳·德里斯科尔,性别和文化理论,悉尼大学。

 

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