Rising Asia Journal
Rising Asia Foundation

Asian Film Studies

One of the focus areas of Rising Asia Journal is the study of Asian cinema at a time of its arrival as an increasing force in global media production with links to television and digital media, and to develop understandings of the film content emerging from this continent. Cinema is, at once, an exploration of identity through the lenses of localization, nationalism and globalization, and in the same breath an assertion of Asian-ness.

Submission of Articles and Documentaries

We encourage the submission of articles and documentary films exploring the history of cinema from 1895 to the present, taking in their gaze the major industrial, technological, aesthetic, and cultural developments in motion picture history. Topics worth exploring are the earliest motion pictures, the establishment of a film industry and audience across Asian geographies, the narrativization of Asian film, developments in the usages of cinematic technique, the establishment of national cinemas, the employment of film as art, the uses of film as propaganda, the evolving ideas of cinematic realism, and technological innovation.

We are interested in analyses of the history of film theory and criticism—such as the early debates about cinema and the broader debates on an emerging mass culture. We encourage submissions of articles on formal and ideology-focused theories of film and the relationship of film to the other arts, to society and the audiences.

Call for Papers

Film Studies in India’s Northeast, Southeast Asia and East Asia

The Rising Asia Journal invites academic articles on Film Studies focusing on the North East of India, Southeast Asia, China, the Koreas, Taiwan, and Japan within the following fields: History, Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Literary Theory, Film Theory, Culture, Cultural Studies, International Relations and War & Society.

The papers must provide a new perspective and a fresh interpretation. They must be original, supported with scholarly research, and must not have been published or under consideration for publication in any media in print or online.

Authors should submit Abstracts of 250 to 300 words along with the details of the author(s), title, affiliation/position, address, and e-mail. The Journal is currently accepting Abstracts, and this Call for Papers will remain open.

On acceptance of abstracts, full articles of about 4,000 words (excluding footnotes in Chicago format) should be submitted. All submitted articles would go through a peer review.

Please email abstracts to: Dr. Harish C. Mehta, harish.mehta@utoronto.ca, and to Ms. Raka Mukherjee, rakamukherjeeofficial@gmail.com.

Call for Documentary Films

The Journal invites film makers to submit documentary films to be featured on the journal’s online website. The films should be original and based on any of the following themes of History, Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Literary Theory, Film Theory, Culture, Cultural Studies, International Relations and War & Society.

The subject of films should be based in Eastern India (West Bengal, Bangladesh, the North East), Southeast Asia, the Koreas, Taiwan, China and Japan. They do not necessarily have to engage with scholarly texts, but the films should explore their chosen topic seriously and meaningfully. The film makers are encouraged to use the film and historical archives, as well as personal histories and memoirs (books and diaries) for their background research.

Film makers should submit an Abstract of about 400 words, consisting of the documentary title, topic and overview, as well as the estimated running time. The Abstracts must be accompanied by a signed declaration by the film makers that (1) their films are original and have not been published or screened before, (2) that the film makers own the copyright ownership of their film, and (3) declaring that their film has no content that infringes upon the copyright ownership of other film makers, persons, or organizations.

On acceptance of the Abstract, the full documentary films in mp4 format should be uploaded on an accessible Google Drive and the link shared with the Journal, along with credits of the director and technical team. On receiving the full films, the Journal will conduct an internal review prior to release. The Journal is currently accepting Abstracts, and this Call for Documentaries will remain open and documentaries will be peer reviewed and uploaded as and when received. Please email abstracts to: Dr. Harish C. Mehta, harish.mehta@utoronto.ca, and Ms. Raka Mukherjee, rakamukherjeeofficial@gmail.com.