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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Visual Evidence (Ghosts - the Evidence of Spirits) Public Lecture series : Ghostly Sightings: hauntology and spectrality in East Asian gothic cinema

15th March 2016, 18:15, Room ER140, Elvet Riverside Building, Dr Colette Balmain (Kingston University, London)

Drawing on the figure of the ghost in Japanese, South Korean, Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema and the work of Derrida on hauntology, I 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 I suggest, 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’ .

For more information on this series of events, please click on this link.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Map - Elvet Riverside is denoted as building No. 25