UC Berkeley will host a symposium on October 7th and 8th

UC Berkeley will host a symposium on October 7th and 8th (Friday and Saturday), featuring
contemporary works of horror cinema that explore issues of memory, desire, and media in East
Asian and Southeast Asian cinema. Symposium lectures and discussions will offer alternative
reading strategies and theoretical positions with which to assess the sprawling commercial,
political and aesthetic ambitions of Asian horror cinema.

Events will take place at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley (2150 Allston Way,
Berkeley, CA 94704). Symposium lectures, discussions and film screenings are free and open to
the public. All films are subtitled in English.

Organizers: Miri Nakamura, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan
University and Dan O Neill, Associate Professor of Japanese at UC Berkeley.
Sponsors: UC Berkeley, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Center for Japanese
Studies, Townsend Humanities Center, Berkeley Center for New Media.

Schedule of Events
Friday, Oct. 7
Location: David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
12:45 p.m. Welcome: Miri Nakamura and Dan O Neill
1:00-2:30 p.m. Panel: Memory and Horror
Lan Duong (UC Riverside)
The Ghosts of War and the Vietnamese Horror Film
Jinsoo An (UC Berkeley)
Fraught with Remembrance and Erasure: Spectral Terror in
2:30-4:00 p.m. Panel: Desire and Horror
Arnika Fuhrmann (University of Hong Kong)
Tropical Malady: Queer Haunting in Contemporary Thai Cinema
Jonathan Hall (Pomona College)
The Horror of Attachment: Depopulating Recent Japanese Film
4:00-4:30 p.m. Coffee Break
4:30-6:00 p.m. Panel: Media and Horror
Steve Brown (University of Oregon)
The Sound of Horror in the Cinema of Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Kristen Whissel (UC Berkeley)
“Vital Figures: The Life and Death of Digital Creatures”
6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception Dinner
7:30-9:00 p.m. Film: Epitaph (2007) directed by Jeong Beom-sik and Jeong Sik

Saturday, Oct. 8th
Location: David Brower Building, Goldman Theater
9:30-10:00 a.m. Coffee and pastries
10:00-11:30 a.m. Special Session: Rethinking Horror
Lalitha Gopalan (University of Texas at Austin)
Cruel Cinema: Tamil New Wave Cinema **
Akira Lippit (University of Southern California)
Modes of Pleasure: Ultraviolence and Extreme Loneliness
11:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Bliss Lim (UC Irvine)
Monstrous Intimacies: Aswang Fragments in Filipino Transmedia
3:00-3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15-5:30 p.m. Film: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
5:30-7:00 p.m. Working roundtable with scholars and audience

**The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA, from 10/6-10/9) will be screening two films
from Cruel Cinema, a collection curated by Lalitha Gopalan and Anuj Vaidya. For details, see

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