​A unique conference this July 2018 is set to Celebrate the life of Bruce Lee and to Commemorate his unfortunate death 45 years ago​. Hosted by Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, it is a mix of martial arts, movies and ​the cultural icon Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee died in July 1973, just days before the release of Enter the Dragon, a film that would catapult him to global fame. As we arrive at the 45th anniversary of this simultaneous arrival and departure in July 2018, the fourth annual martial arts studies conference seeks to explore and assess the impacts, legacies, effects and consequences of the images, ideas, films, programmes, writings, philosophies, choreographies and principles of Bruce Lee.

The focus of this conference is not solely on his films and writings in isolation but rather on their impact in such contexts as: martial arts, popular culture, physical culture, filmmaking, fight choreography, theatre, publishing, and of course gender, class, ethnicity and other aspects of identity ‘politics’, performance, or work.

Selected papers will be published in a special themed issue of the journal Martial Arts Studies.

Confirmed Speakers include keynotes from:

  • Professor Li Siu-Leung of Lingnan University and formerly of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (https://works.bepress.com/lisiuleung/) with
  • Professor Meaghan Morris (Sydney University) as discussant
  • Professor Paul Bowman, author of Theorizing Bruce Lee (2010) and Beyond Bruce Lee (2013).

​The conference will take place in Bute Building, Cardiff University, UK, on 11th and 12th July 2018. Upon registering for the conference you will be able to book affordable single occupancy rooms within Cardiff University’s Senghennydd Hall.

Conference Organisers: Paul Bowman and Kyle Barrowman. You may contact either organiser for discussion, but please submit all formal abstracts to: martial.arts@cardiff.ac.uk

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