Webinar on "Soft-power tools and the role of films in India-China relations”


Foreign Policy Conversations


Webinar on "Soft-power tools and the role of films in India-China relations”

19th June 2020; 4:30: - 5:30 pm (India time)




The idea of endearing oneself to others without coercion and through 'persuasion or attraction of values, culture or policies' (Joseph Nye's framework of 'soft-power') has not been fully explored in the context of India and China. Films as an instrument of soft-power promote the attraction of India's manifold heritages to foreign audiences. This webinar is a reappraisal of how China has been perceived in Indian cinema, and likewise how Indian films are received in China - and overall, whether the use of films could be revived as a vital tool of digital diplomacy to promote better understanding between the two countries.

Key talking points:

China / Chinese characters as portrayed in Indian cinema (as stereotypes or otherwise)
India as depicted in Chinese films, and how Indian films are received in China
Reaching out through the language of films
Featured Experts
* Shaji N Karun, Filmmaker and Cinematographer (filmography includes Piravi, Vanaprastham and Kutty Srank; Caméra d'Or recipient at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival)
* Rajiv Menon, Writer, Cinematographer and Filmmaker (filmography includes Bombay, Kandukondain Kandukondain, Guru, among others)
* Zhou Xin, Head of the Tamil Department at the Beijing Foreign Studies University
* Arun Gupta, Principal Faculty, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad
* Yongli Jin, Associate Professor at the Renmin University of China
Please register for online participation here https://forms.gle/rvTEQP3GKGwCJXxU7
Viewers can submit questions for panelists here https://forms.gle/eRVPRw5HsJSLLFB58
Moderator: Joe Thomas Karackattu (IITM China Studies Centre); Email: csc@iitm.ac.in
IIT Madras China Studies Centre | Room No 132 | Humanities and Social Sciences Building | Indian Institute of Technology Madras|www.csc.iitm.ac.in PHONE: 91-44-22574905