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Symposium ‘Archives, Activism, Aesthetics’, Glasgow 16-17 March


Philippa Lovatt in Film Studies has organised a symposium ‘Archives, Activism, Aesthetics in Southeast Asian Cinemas’, which taking place in Glasgow in partnership with Glasgow Short Film Festival on 16-17 March. Registration details and full programme are available here: https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-short-film-festival/shows/symposium-archives-activism-aesthetics

Southeast Asian filmmakers have increasingly turned to archive footage in order to explore the relationship between the colonial and Cold War past and the politics of the present day. With keynote talks from Professor Bliss Cua Lim (UC Irvine) and Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (University of Westminster) and participation from members of grassroots filmmaking collectives and organisations in Southeast Asia including Hanoi DocLab, Vietnam; Forum Lenteng, Indonesia; Green Papaya Arts Projects, the Philippines; Anti-Archive, Cambodia, Save Myanmar Cinema and the Thai Film Archive, this free symposium will explore the links between archives, activism and aesthetics.

This is part of an AHRC network grant ‘Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network: Promoting Dialogue Across Critical Practice’ for which Dr Lovatt is Primary Investigator. More info on the network here: www.seacrn.org. The event has also been generously funded by the University of St Andrews’ KE and Impact Fund.

The film festival will also be screening specially curated Southeast Asian film programmes including retrospectives on Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Nguyễn Trinh Thi (who will be in attendance). More details here:


The symposium is free and open to the public – All welcome!