[csaa-forum] CFP: Film Stardom in Southeast Asia

Jonathan Driskell jonathan.driskell at monash.edu
Thu Jun 23 16:35:15 ACST 2016

Dear all,

Please see below the Call for Papers for a workshop I'm organising on "Film
Stardom in Southeast Asia", which takes place at Monash University's
Malaysia campus on 24 and 25 November of this year.

Best wishes,

*Film Stardom in Southeast Asia*
*- Workshop -*

*Monash University Malaysia, 24 & 25 November 2016*

All across Southeast Asia film stars have attained an important place in
popular culture, appearing in magazines and newspapers, on billboards and
cinema marquees, at public events and premieres, and now on the internet.
While some are from cinemas from outside the region, such as Hollywood or
Hindi cinema, Southeast Asian cinemas have also built their own distinctive
star systems, which have produced a host of successful stars. These stars
often possess the general features of stardom commonly noted in film
scholarship, such as glamour and charisma, while at the same time offering
nationally (or even regionally) specific inflections of the phenomenon,
embodying local tastes, values and ideologies. Many have reached stellar
levels of fame, with Mitr Chaibancha in Thailand, P. Ramlee in Malaysia and
Nora Aunor in the Philippines, for example, all attaining legendary status
in their respective countries. And yet there is little academic work
focusing on the region’s stars.
This workshop on film stardom in Southeast Asia will contribute to existing
scholarship in Star Studies and Southeast Asian cinema studies in a number
of key ways. It will explore such questions as: how do Southeast Asian film
stars contribute to the marketing, business and economics of the industries
they work in? In what ways are Southeast Asian films shaped by their stars,
through their extra-filmic personas and/or their star performances? How do
the region’s stars give insight into the social and political contexts of
life in Southeast Asia? To what extent do film stars offer a fresh
perspective on Southeast Asian film history?
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

   - Case studies of particular stars and star systems from the region

   - Nationally specific ideas of stardom in Southeast Asia (e.g. in
   Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
   Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)

   - Stardom and identity (e.g. class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality)

   - Stars of independent and auteur cinema

   - Stardom’s relationship with empire and post-colonialism

   - The influence of stardom from other parts of the world (e.g.
   Hollywood, India, Hong Kong)

   - Religion and stardom in Southeast Asia

   - Transnational Southeast Asian stars

   - Stardom and Southeast Asian film genres

   - Stardom and performance (including the influence of regional
   performance traditions)

   - The role of stars in mediating notions of tradition and modernity

   - Fans, audiences and reception studies

This two-day workshop will be a closed-door event, only open to the
workshop’s speakers and discussants. Speakers will give a 20-30 minute
presentation, which will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

Confirmed speakers include: Mary Ainslie (University of Nottingham,
Malaysia), Katarzyna Ancuta (Assumption University of Thailand), Thomas
Barker (University of Nottingham, Malaysia), Annette Hamilton (University
of New South Wales), David Hanan (Monash University) and Rolando Tolentino
(University of the Philippines, Diliman).

The workshop will take place at Monash University Malaysia, located just
outside Kuala Lumpur: http://www.monash.edu.my/

If you are interested in participating please submit a 300-word abstract
for a paper along with a short bio to Jonathan Driskell (
jonathan.driskell at monash.edu) by 1 August 2016.

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Course Coordinator

*School of Arts and Social Sciences*
Monash University Malaysia
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
47500 Bandar Sunway
Selangor Darul Ehsan

T: (+603) 5514 6128
F: (+603) 5514 6365
E: jonathan.driskell at monash.edu

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