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Upcoming Asian Conferences

The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary 2015


Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 15, 2015

Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 15, 2015


Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.

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.




FilmAsia2015 Conference Theme: “Power”


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.

We expect this open and enduring theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths, and look forward to their outcomes.

We look forward to seeing you at FilmAsia 2015!

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FilmAsia2015 Conference Chair


Professor Gary Swanson

FilmAsia2015 Conference Chair and Featured Speaker

Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism
The University of Northern Colorado, USA

Gary E. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor, educator, speaker and consultant. He has also been an educator for 22 years. Prior to his work in academe, Swanson compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years at NBC News – producing award-winning documentaries, prime-time news magazine stories, and covering “breaking news” in 26 states and Canada for the network – including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson has earned more than 80 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national Emmys.

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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.



Conference Proceedings

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.



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IAFOR University & Institutional Partners


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