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Academic Opportunities: CUHK, NYU Shanghai, SUNY Binghamton


New Media and Cultural Transformation: Film, TV, Game, and Digital Communication

Call for Papers

School of Film-TV, Shanghai University New York University Shanghai Center

December 7-9, 2012

Over the past two decades, the computer and Internet-based new digital media have profoundly changed our conception of cinema, television, and communication, and led to the emergence of many new forms of artistic, social and self expressions. Consequently, new terms like “transmedia,” “convergence media,” “participatory culture,” “self mass communication,” “interactivity,” “e-cinema,” and “digitextuality” have been frequently evoked to describe and theorize this cultural transformation. While it is tempting to regard this as implying a revolutionary or “paradigm” shift in artistic/cinematic expressions and media practices, it is also of vital importance to recognize the fact that more traditional models associated with “old” media remain relevant in our everyday life. To address the significant changes to contemporary culture that are taking place under the rubric of new media, therefore, is to view the current moment as a critical juncture where almost every familiar medium is being “re-invented” and “re-mediated,” but at the same time to respect the historical roots from which digital art and media emerged.

Organized by Shanghai University’s School of Film-TV and NYU Shanghai Center, the conference aims to open the doors to an interdisciplinary examination of new media and its implications for the arts and communication in the 21st century. With a broad focus on cinema, television, gaming, and communication, the conference encourages submissions of high-quality papers from around the world on new media and/or digital technology and its role in the developing aesthetics in cinema, television, gaming, and communication.

The following topics are especially but not exclusively sought from paper and panel proposals:

– Digital technology and Film/Animation/Television/Communication – Interdisciplinary approaches to game and gaming – Machinema – Interactive media and the arts – Social Media and self-communication and artistic expression – Web-film and e-cinema – Digital technology and content distribution, marketing & consumption – Human-machine symbiosis – Screen aesthetics and transmedia platforms – Computer programming as an artistic practice – Mobility and perpetual connectivity: fragmented time and digital nomads

The working languages of the conference will be Chinese and English. Simultaneous translation between Chinese and English may be provided, depending on budget.

Date and Location:

Date: December 7-9, 2012 (Registration: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012); Location: International Conference Center, Shanghai University


Once accepted, NO registration fee is involved. Participants do need find their own sources for international traveling and on-campus accommodation expenses.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions should be made electronically via e-mail. Submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours. Submissions shall imply that at least one author will register for the conference and be present at the time designated in the conference program.

Submissions must be received by Nov. 18 (Sunday), 2012. E-Mail submissions to:

Prof. Shaoyi Sun School of Film & TV, Shanghai University P.O. Box 308, 149 Yan Chang Road Shanghai 200072, China E-Mail:

2. Be sure to include the following information in your submission:

* title of the submission, name (s) of the author (s) * two or three keywords that describe the submission * mailing address (es) and e-mail address (es) * corresponding author if different than lead author


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong invites applications for its M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Chinese Studies for 2013-2014. We welcome strong applicants with specialized research plans in a variety of disciplines, especially in Chinese Religion, History or Cultural Studies.

The CEAS provides a platform for interdisciplinary studies of China conducted in English at the Chinese University. In addition to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes, the CEAS also hosts B.A. and M.A. programmes in Chinese Studies.

Successful applicants will be supported by a monthly studentship of approximately U.S.$1,200 after tuition. Funding for research activities is also available.

Admission exercise for 2013-14 starts on 1 September 2012 and the closing date for applications is 31 January 2013. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit the applications by the fellowship* deadline on 1 December 2012.

For more information on the application process to The Chinese University of Hong Kong, visit

Admission Advisor: Prof. Jan Kiely, Director of Research Postgraduate Programmes

For enquiries regarding the application procedures, please contact:

Address : Centre for East Asian Studies, Room 201, Leung Kau Kui Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong Tel : 3943-1088 Fax : 2994-3105 Website : <> Email :

* Applicants for the Ph.D. programme should also take advantage of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme of 2013-14. Launched by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, the Fellowship supports outstanding students from other places in the world to come to Hong Kong to pursue Ph.D. studies. The Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately US$30,000 and a conference and research-related travel allowance of approximately US $1,300 per year. Please note the application deadline for the Hong Kong Fellowship Scheme is December 1, 2012. For details, visit


Binghamton University proudly announces its


The Department of Asian & Asian American Studies (DAAAS), the leading program in the State University of New York system, offers a Master of Arts degree. The aims of the MA are to enhance intercultural understanding, promote rigorous study of Asian societies, cultures, literatures, histories, languages, and migrations, and prepare students for success in an increasingly interdependent global environment. The MA program encompasses six fields of study: Asian American & Diaspora Studies; Global Asia; Korean Studies; Japanese Studies; Chinese Studies; and South Asian Studies. With over 24 outstanding faculty, DAAAS is particularly recognized for its multidisciplinarity, language expertise and innovative collaboration between faculty in Asian & Asian American Studies. Graduates will be well positioned to enter competitive PhD programs or pursue careers in education, business, government, public policy, NGOs, and arts & culture.

Review of applications begins January 15, 2013

For additional information on our MA program and faculty, please visit the following departmental websites:


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