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Shadow History: Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema
An International Conference in Honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

DATES: Thursday-Saturday, October 12-14, 2017

LOCATIONS: Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Osher Theater
142 Dwinelle Hall
180 Doe Library

SPONSORS: Center for Chinese Studies, Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Institute of East Asian Studies, Film and Media Department, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Townsend Center for the Humanities

This conference is held jointly with the Shanghai-Berkeley Film and Media Research Center and made possible by a generous grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.




DESCRIPTION

Description

This meeting honors the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will span two and half days of scholarly talks and workshops, in conjunction with a museum exhibition of rare Chinese film posters in the grand atrium of the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). There will also be a series of public screenings of early Chinese cinema at BAMPFA .

SCHEDULE

Schedule

THURSDAY, October 12, location: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Osher Theater

4 pm welcome and keynote speech by Paul Fonoroff

7 pm film screening: “Long Live the Missus” (tickets required)
Hu Sang (China, 1947)
Introduction by Paul Fonoroff


FRIDAY, October 13, location: 142 Dwinelle Hall

9 am Welcome (Professor Andrew F. Jones and Professor Weihong Bao)

9:15 am Panel 1: Regional Chinese Cinemas and the Archive Chair: Jonathan Zwicker (University of California, Berkeley)

Jeremy E. Taylor (University of Nottingham), “Lichees and Mirrors: Local Opera, Cinema, and Diaspora in the Chinese Cultural Cold War”

Jean Ma (Stanford University), “The Songstress between Shanghai and Hong Kong”

Zhen Zhang (New York University), “’Fate’s Monstrous Children’: Taiwan’s Post-war Melodrama of Decolonization”

10:45 am Panel 2: Transnational Circulation in Chinese Cinema
Chair: Mary Ann Doane (University of California, Berkeley)

Sheldon Lu (University of California, Davis), “The First Screenings of Lumiere Brothers’ Films in China: Conjectures and New Findings”

Xinyu Dong (University of Chicago), “Moscow Laughs: Musical Comedy and the Two “Sovietisms” in Shanghai Cinema”

Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities), “Vernacular Modernism or Strange Construct? Reading Yuan Muzhi’s Street Angel against Frank Borzage”

12:15 conference proceedings adjourn until 3:30 pm

FRIDAY, October 13, location: 180 Doe Library

3:30–4:30 pm Roundtable on Chinese Film Preservation and Archival Work featuring
Wenning Liu (China Film Archive)
Paul Fonoroff
David Wells (National Film Preservation Foundation)

FRIDAY, October 13, location: BAMPFA, Osher Theater

7 pm film screening: “Quest for a Long-Lost Husband” (tickets required)
Tan Youliu (Hong Kong, 1950)
Introduction by Yingjin Zhang, UC San Diego


SATURDAY, October 14, location: 142 Dwinelle Hall

10 am Panel 3: Alternate Archives
Chair: Weihong Bao (University of California, Berkeley)

Yingjin Zhang (University of California, San Diego), “Film Posters as an Alterative/Alternative Archive for Chinese Film History”

Ho Lok Victor Fan, (King’s College, London), “Tracing Sense-Media: The Archive as Consciousness”

Yiman Wang (University of California, Santa Cruz), “DIY Archivization: Chinese Cinema from the Bottom Up and Outside In”

Miao Li (Yunnan Normal University), “Views of Overseas Chinese on Chinese Films: A Case Study of the “Film” Column in Chinese Newspapers in Thailand in the 1930s”

noon: lunch break

1 pm Panel 4: Before Cinema, Beyond Cinema? Intermediality and Transmediality
Chair: Jinsoo An (University of California, Berkeley)

Guo-Juin Hong (Duke University), “The Returning Gaze: Photography by Western Sojourners in Early 20th Century China”

Jie Li (Harvard University), “Where the Movies Were: A Palimpsest History of Manchuria’s Cinema Theaters and Projection Networks”

Yomi Braester (University of Washington), “Collecting Film Memorabilia: Cinephilia as a Time-lagged Practice”

2:45 pm Panel 5: Alternate Histories: From Early Cinema to the Socialist State
Chair: Andrew Jones (University of California, Berkeley)

Li Daoxin (Beijing University), “An Asian Perspective of Film History: A Possible Approach”

Ying Qian (Columbia University), “When Taylorism Met Revolutionary Romanticism: Documentary Cinema in China’s Great Leap Forward”

4:00–5:00 pm Roundtable: New Directions in Chinese Cinema Research: From Curated Collections to Digital Humanities featuring:

Zhong Dafeng (Beijing Film Academy), “The Value of Historical Materials in Different Media in the Digital Age”

Ying Qian (Columbia University)

Jie Li (Harvard University)

SATURDAY, October 14, location: BAMPFA, Osher Theater

8 pm film screening, “Suspicion” (tickets required)
Xu Changlin (China, 1948)
Introduction by Weihong Bao, UC Berkeley

Download the agenda here. (Updated agenda posted October 12, 2017.)

FILM SCREENINGS

Film Screenings

A Golden Age of Chinese Cinema, 1947-52

Tickets, required for all film screenings, can be purchased here:
http://bampfa.org/program/golden-age-chinese-cinema-1947%E2%80%9352

Saturday, September 30, 8 PM
Spring in a Small Town
Fei Mu (China, 1948)
Introduction by Andrew F. Jones, UC Berkeley

Sunday, October 1, 2:30 PM
The Story of Wuxun
Sun Yu (China,1948)

Saturday, October 7, 7:30 PM
Bright Day
Cao Yu (China, 1948)

Thursday, October 12, 7 PM
Long Live the Missus
Hu Sang (China, 1947)

Introduction by Paul Fonoroff

Friday, October 13, 7 PM
Quest for a Long-Lost Husband
Tan Youliu (Hong Kong, 1950)

Introduction by Yingjin Zhang, UC San Diego

Saturday, October 14, 8 PM
Suspicion
Xu Changlin (China, 1948)
Introduction by Weihong Bao, UC Berkeley

Saturday, October 21, 6:30 PM
Window to America
Huang Zuolin, Shi Hui, Ye Ming (China, 1952)

PARTICIPANTS

Participants

Weihong Bao (University of California)
Yomi Braester (University of Washington)
Xinyu Dong (University of Chicago)
Victor Fan (King’s College, London)
Paul Fonoroff (Independent film scholar)
Guo-Juin Hong (Duke University)
Huang Wangli (Shanghai University)
Andrew F. Jones (UC Berkeley)
Li Daoxin (Beijing University)
Li Miao (Yunnan Normal University)
Jie Li (Harvard University)
Sheldon Lu (University of California, Davis)
Jean Ma (Stanford University)
Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)
Ying Qian (Columbia University)
Jeremy E. Taylor (University of Nottingham)
Yiman Wang (University of California, Santa Cruz)
David Wells (National Film Preservation Foundation)
Yingjin Zhang (University of California, San Diego)
Zhen Zhang (New York University)
Zhong Dafeng (Beijing Film Academy)

DIRECTIONS

Directions

Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

The Thursday session of the conference — Shadow History: Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema — will be held at the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Osher Theater

Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)


142 Dwinelle Hall

The Friday and Saturday sessions of the conference — Shadow History: Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema — will be held in 142 Dwinelle Hall, at the University of California.

See section C3 on this large campus map.

Dwinelle Hall

Dwinelle Hall is a large and very confusing building with two main entrances and two numbering systems. To reach 142 Dwinelle from the east (Sather Gate) entrance:

Enter campus via Sather Gate which is located where Telegraph Avenue meets the Berkeley campus. After going through the Gate and crossing the immediately following bridge, the first building on your left will be Dwinelle Hall. Enter through the doors off the big plaza.


180 Doe Library

Friday's Roundtable on Chinese Film Preservation and Archival Work will be held at 180 Doe Library on the central campus.

See section C4 on this large campus map.

Doe Library

To reach Doe Library via the most direct route, enter campus from Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way. Walk north through Sproul Plaza and Sather Gate. Doe Library will be the second building on the right after passing through Sather Gate. Turn right and walk uphill (towards the Campanile clock tower) until you come to a ground level entrance on your left. Enter there and walk down the hallway to 180 Doe on the right side of the hallway.


By BART

To reach the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) by BART, exit the Richmond-Fremont line at the Downtown Berkeley station (not North Berkeley). Walk one block east up Center Street and turn left on Oxford.

To reach Dwinelle Hall, continue across Oxford Street to the Berkeley campus and follow the maps located on campus.

From Interstate 80

To reach the campus by car from Interstate 80, exit at the University Avenue off-ramp in Berkeley. Take University Avenue east (toward the hills) approximately two miles until you reach the Oxford. Turn right and drive two blocks to the corner of Center and Oxford, which will be on the right side of the street.

From Highways 24/13

To reach the campus from Highways 24/13, exit at Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. Drive north on Telegraph Avenue until it deadends at Bancroft. Turn left on Bancroft and drive three blocks to Fulton. Turn right on Fulton and drive three blocks to the corner of Center and Oxford, which will be on the left side of the street.

Directions to the campus are also available at Berkeley Visitor Services.

Parking

There are various public parking lots and facilities near campus and in downtown Berkeley. This list includes municipal and privately owned parking lots and garages open to the public. Please consult signs for hours and fees prior to entering the facilities.

Other lots:

  • Kittredge Street between Shattuck and Fulton
  • Berkeley Way near Shattuck
  • Center Street near Shattuck
  • Allston Way near Shattuck
  • Kittredge Street near Milvia

More information is available on the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation page.