Funded by the Leverhulme Trust’s International Networks scheme, the project “Chinese Cinemas in the 21st Century: Production, Consumption, Imagination” aims to promote new ways of thinking about the study of Chinese cinemas by bringing together established scholars into a dynamic network that crosses disciplinary boundaries, drawing expertise from film studies, media and communications, comparative literature and cultural studies. The Network provides a unique opportunity to forge links not just between individual scholars but also leading research centres and institutions, thereby laying the foundation for world-class collaborative research.

The network aims to:

  • facilitate an international exchange of expertise that crosses disciplinary boundaries and disseminates research findings across geographical regions;
  • explore methodologies and conceptual frameworks that will challenge established models and break new ground;
  • make available opportunities to meet filmmakers, producers and festival organisers as well as to gain access to local archives and films;
  • promote collaborative research projects through sustained interaction between scholars at these meetings.