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China Decolonized: Shifting Sovereignty and Cultural-Cinematic Implications

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When: Thursday, November 16, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Where: Swift Hall, 107, 2029 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: China and Sinophone Studies Society  

Group: China and Sinophone Studies Society

Sponsor: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Co-Sponsor: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Academic, Fine Arts, Multicultural & Diversity


China and Sinophone Studies Society and Hong Kong Student Association will screen a series of film by renowned director and critic Evans Chan that explores the shifting sovereignties of Hong Kong and Macau, followed by talkback with Professor Paola Iovene (University of Chicago) and Rita Lin (PhD candidate in Screen Cultures) 

Post-screening talkback topics: 
The transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997 and Macau in 1999 marked significant geopolitical moments in the late 20th century. These transitions initiated profound cultural and aesthetic reconfigurations within the fabric of both regions and of China. We ask, what does this decoloniality imply for the inhabitants of these lands and their cinematic art? How does the sovereignty transfer usher in an era of introspection and redefinition? How are the emergent questions for identity, diaspora, and, in particular, “autonomy” reflected and negotiated in the cinematic and public consciousness? Moreover, how does such art respond to and become reinterpreted in the political landscape post-2014?

Guest Bios:

Evans Chan: Born in China, raised in Macau and Hong Kong, Chan is a filmmaker, critic, and playwright currently based in New York. Acclaimed by film scholar Michael Berry as “one of the most singularly innovative and diverse figures in the Chinese cultural world in the last 15 years.” he has made more than a dozen fiction and documentary films. His works have been seen at the Berlin, Rotterdam, and Vancouver festivals, among others.  He has also published three books of essays in Chinese and is the editor/translator into Chinese of three books by Susan Sontag. 

Paola Iovene: Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, University of Chicago. Professor Paola Iovene focuses on twentieth and twenty-first-century Chinese literature and film. Her research areas include conceptions of Chinese realism, modernism, avant-garde; narrative; and post-1989 Chinese independent documentary film. 

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