Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar

Nature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

2019-11-12 12:00:002019-11-12 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongNature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
Nature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

Dr. Gong Haomin
(Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, Lingnan University)

Date: November 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

    2019-11-12 12:00:002019-11-12 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongNature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

    Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
    Nature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

    Dr. Gong Haomin
    (Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, Lingnan University)

    Date: November 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
    Time: 12:00 – 13:00
    Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
    Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Nature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

      Speaker:

      Dr. Gong Haomin (Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, Lingnan University)

      Date:

      November 12, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Title:

      Nature and Nation: Ethnicity in Chinese Ecocinema

      Speaker:

      Dr. Gong Haomin (Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, Lingnan University)

      Date:

      November 12, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Abstract

      Nation is not natural. Nor is nature, as Timothy Morton (Ecology without Nature, 2009) and many others remind us. In this paper, I investigate the complex relationship between nation and nature featured in cinematic representations in socialist and postsocialist China. I am particularly interested in the role that ethnic minorities play in this relationship. Four major instances will be singled out for close examination: 1) from landscape to class struggle, 2) building a socialist laboring subject through interacting with nature; 3) entering explicitly environmental themes; and 4) new nationalist eco-ethnicity. Films to be studied include The Victory of Inner Mongolian People (1951), Army’s Reclamation and Battle Song (1965), Spring in the Desert (1975), Gada Meiren (2002), and Wolf Totem (2015). By exploring the ways in which nature was (re)imagined and (re)configured in the process of Chinese nation-building, a process that particularly involves an ideologically-charged manipulation of ethnicity, I intend to map out an intricate trajectory in which ethnicity has shaped unique features of Chinese ecocinema.

      About the Speaker

      Dr. Gong Haomin is Associate Professor of Chinese at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis. His current research focuses on Chinese ecocriticism, particularly Chinese ecocinema. His most recent publications include Ecology and Chinese-Language Cinema: Reimagining a Field (co-edited with Sheldon Lu, Routledge, 2019), Essays on Chinese Ecocinema (co-edited with Sheldon Lu, Wuhan University Press, 2017, in Chinese) and Reconfiguring Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Ethics in Chinese Internet Culture (co-authored with Xin Yang, Routledge, 2017). He is also the author of Uneven Modernity: Literature, Film, and Intellectual Discourse in Postsocialist China (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012).

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