Primary Organizer (with Darlene Machell ESPENA), “Asian Cinema and the Cultural Cold War,” International Film Studies Conference, May 2021, Nanyang Technological University [Virtual Conference]
This three-day ‘virtual’ academic event will showcase ongoing research dealing with film cultures, international politics, and industries in Asia – East, Southeast, and South - during the height of the Cultural Cold War. The purpose of the conference is to create a space for scholarly exchange across disciplines, bringing together scholars working with the various archives and other sources related to the history and culture of postwar Asian cinema, decolonization, international politics, and the US hegemony and cultural diplomacy in the Cold War era. Academic experts from Asia-Pacific, the UK, Europe, and North America will be invited and core participants from NTU, NUS, and SMU in Singapore.
Primary Organizer (with LEUNG Wing-Fai), “Chinese Film Market and Asian Cinema,” NTU-King’s College London Joint International Conference, 25-27 August 2017, National Museum of Singapore.
Chinese Film Market and Asian Cinema is a joint conference between Nanyang Technological University (WKWSCI) and King's College London. This three-day conference was a pioneering academic event and film reception in response to the Chinese film industry's emergence. Through a series of talks and presentations, the conference sought better to understand the regional film industry practices' transformations. In tandem with the academic presentations, a significant number of key industry professionals – filmmakers, producers, studio executives, and journalists hailing from all over the world have also participated.
Primary Organizer, “Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media,” International Popular Culture Conference, 6 April 2012. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
“Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media” conference sought to comprehend and interpret the meaning of this new and powerful cultural industry. The conference staged interdisciplinary dialogues among scholars of cinema, media, and visual studies, and of area studies and communication studies, by implicating multiple approaches in deciphering the intricate web of contemporary media ecosystems. Thirteen participants from Israel, Argentina, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and the United States gathered to present their new research, exchange fresh and innovative thoughts and ideas, and get to know each other in both academic and casual settings.
Co-Organizer (with Jung-Bong Choi), “Korean Cine-Media and the Transnational,” International Film Studies Conference, 11-14 November 2010, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University.
This three-day conference, co-sponsored by Korea Foundation, brought together the much-contested notions of Korea/n, National Cinema, and the Transnational to probe their relevance in the increasingly confounding cultural matrices of the world. Over twenty renowned scholars from Korea, Japan, the U.K, Australia, and the US participated in the event, representing a diverse range of disciplines such as Literature, Arts, History, Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Media Studies, and Cinema Studies. Additionally, there were two focus discussion panels, co-organized with the Korea Society, featuring a number of industry experts, critics, fans, and film festival curators.