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Asia at Noon: Dr. Sean Macdonald

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We hope you will join us for Dr. Sean Macdonald‘s (UB Linguistics, Chinese Program) Asia at Noon lecture at 12pm in 280 Park Hall on February 22, 2019.

“Some Uses of Animation in China”

Abstract. This talk is an overview of some ways the medium of animation is used in China. Michel Foucault spoke about writing a history of the present. My research into animation began as a look backwards through the present of the first decade of the twenty-first century. In many ways, my first inclination with regard to animation is to sit back and enjoy the pleasurable bright poster paint colors and exaggerated figures, the surfaces of animated film. But beneath the surface, animation has a depth and complexity that belies its accessibility and popularity. Animation is both an industry and a culture. Like live action fictional film, animation is a technical, economic, and aesthetic form of cultural production. In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), animation had a specific function within the film industry from the early years after 1949. By the early 2000s, the PRC government was investing heavily into domestic animation production. It was as if the government bureaucrats suddenly realized animation spectators existed, that children and young adults were engaging with new cultural forms, and the state needed to develop a new narrative that matched the development of state capitalism, a cartoon history of the market, a postmodernism with Chinese characteristics.

Bio. Sean Macdonald received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Université de Montréal. Sean teaches courses in Chinese language and culture for the Chinese program in the Department of Linguistics. He has published on modernism, aesthetics, and animation. His current research focuses on representations of the fantastic in modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film.

All welcome.



February 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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280 Park Hall
Univesrity at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260 United States
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