STILL MOTION Overview

Still Motion: Truth, Memory, and Image in East Asia
April 5-7, 2018

The Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to announce Part IV of our Media and East Asia Project entitled “Still Motion: Truth, Memory, and Image in East Asia” which will take place at the University of Chicago from April 5 to 7, 2018.  This Workshop will examine the concept of “image” in East Asia across a diverse array of media and historical contexts. We propose to explore the image in its still and moving formats; as it relates to notions of iconicity, memory, and recorded traces; and through embodied practices of reading and interpreting.

In order to promote a dialogue and exchange of ideas, materials will be pre-circulated in advance of the Workshop. Speakers will be asked to orient their papers around a specific image and offer and extended reading of that image as a way of addressing some of the larger themes of the Workshop, as well as broader methodological questions surrounding the study of images. Papers will be arranged in sessions, each to be followed by an extended period of comments and discussion. In addition, the Workshop will engage with past and current practices of image production through both curated film screenings and art installations in the community.

The Media and East Asia Project explores the emerging field of East Asian Media Studies through a series of collaborative workshops with the goal of exploring the interplay of area studies and media studies, and the dynamics of how media presents different histories of cultural production across the region. This event is sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education.