Arts and Culture
For years, textual analysis or ontological approaches were a common approach among scholars and critics in the context of Indonesian cinema studies. Presently, there is an emerging line of enquiry, that applies phenomenological and sociological approaches to research on Indonesian cinema. These researchers are looking at the extrinsic elements of films and not merely focus on films as texts. Some of the research areas are distribution culture, exhibition culture, fan culture, stardom, reception/audience studies, and spectatorship.
This kind of research is in line with “New Cinema History”, as Maltby puts it, “to consider their (the films) circulation and consumption, and to examine the cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange” (Maltby, 2011, 1). New Cinema History approaches undertake “empirical investigation and inquiry”, which is “analysis of primary sources relating to the production and reception of feature films” (Chapman, Glancy, Harper 2009, 1).
Within this spirit, film historians basically undertake historical investigation by analyzing primary sources, both filmic (the film itself), and nonfilmic (such as trade papers, publicity materials, reviews, and fans texts) (Chapman, Glancy, Harper 2007, 3).
The papers within this panel will represent the current stream of research in New Cinema History approaches on Indonesian cinema. Topics range from documentary, production systems, independent film communities, to women film festival.