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Ghostly Sightings: hauntology and spectrality in East Asian gothic cinema

15th March 2016, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 140, Dr Colette Balmain (Kingston University, London)

Part of the Institute of Advanced Study's 'Evidence of Spirits' series.

Drawing on the figure of the ghost in Japanese, South Korean, Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema and the work of Derrida on hauntology, this lecture will explore how spectral haunting pushes the limits of Western understanding about East Asia while at the same time allows us insights into how [official] history manipulates and erases identities in the process of modern nation making. This nation building is on one hand an act of commodification in relation to the West whose nostalgic desire for a ‘traditional’ East, the East is more than happy to provide, while on the other hand provides a mechanism through which to disavow past atrocities, committed by both East and West. It is through speaking with ghosts that we can acknowledge our own complicity with such nostalgic and touristic representations of the ‘East’

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