Childhood and Nation in World Cinema: Borders and Encounters Since 1980

When:28 Jul 2014, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
29 Jul 2014, 9am - 5pm
30 Jul 2014, 9am - 7:30pm
Venue:Peter Farrell Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington
Who:Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Childhood and World Cinema

This symposium brings together an international network of scholars in order to address questions of the child and nation in the context of world cinemas. On the one hand, understanding cinematic representations of the child has been an important recent trend in film studies. On the other, the scholarly study of national cinema now appears to be on the wane, with serious concerns over the status of the nation as a meaningful cultural unit. What, then, might the two - childhood and nation - say about one another?

Taking as their points of departure the series of traumatic global shifts in the 1980s, the papers at this symposium will map the coordinates of childhood across different contemporary national cinemas, and assess whether the cinematic child is indeed aligned to concepts of modern nationhood, to concerns of the State, and to geopolitical organizational themes and precepts.

This event, under the auspices of the Leverhulme Network 'Child, Film, Nation', is made possible with the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust and the Australian Research Council

Registration: By invitation only


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