Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Pirate Cosmopolitanism: P2P, Fansubbing, and Alternative Cultural Flow in China" at Pitt, February 13.

Dr. Jinying Li, of the University of Pittsburgh's Film Studies program, will present "Pirate Cosmopolitanism: P2P, Fansubbing, and Alternative Cultural Flow in China" on Friday, February 13. The abstract, via the Pitt Asian Studies Center:
In China, where the world's largest population is quickly getting wired, fansubbing—dubbed "zimuzu" in Chinese—has flourished among a burgeoning digital generation who is active in consuming a large amount of foreign media contents, mostly Hollywood movies and TV series, which are widely available on cyberspace in the form of free digital fansubs that are translated and distributed by fellow fans. This alternative, bottom-up cultural flow between Hollywood and China is rapidly gaining momentum in a media market that is subjected to both extensive information control by the state and suppressive IP enforcement by multinational corporations. This talk will address the political meanings of an imagined cosmopolitan community that is created through the self-organized communication platforms of fansubbing and p2p file sharing of media contents, and examine the changing power relations between global Hollywood, the Chinese state, and a new generation of consumers in the digital age.
The talk will begin at 4:00 pm in 4217 Posvar Hall (campus map), and is free and open to the public.