Research

I have research interests in Chinese-language film and media, documentary studies, East Asian cultural studies, transnational cinema, and queer studies (generally conceived). My first book - Independent Chinese Documentary: From the Studio to the Street (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) - discussed what is sometimes known as the New Chinese Documentary Movement (xin jilu yundong), in particular its engagement with the practice and poetics of xianchang ('liveness'). I have also published on Chinese language animation, feature film, and on Chinese film festivals. Between 2013 and 2014, I was co-investigator (with Professor Chris Berry, KCL) of the AHRC-funded international scholarly network 'Chinese Film Festival Studies': an edited collection on this topic was published this year. In addition I have a side interest in the anthropology of film and media, and work collaboratively with Assistant Professor Jenny Chio - an anthropologist at Emory University in the USA - to bring film studies and anthropology into academic dialogue.

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD students in any area of Chinese-language audiovisual media, in documentary film and television, in transnational cinema, and in any area of queer studies. In the past I have supervised PhDs and MRes dissertations on representations of the Cultural Revolution in post-2001 Chinese film and television; the reception of Fritz Lang in British film criticism; contemporary Chinese art and cultural diplomacy; the construction of authorship in Wu Wenguang's Village Video Project; and The Muppets and the contemporary media franchise. Prospective PhD students are welcome to email to discuss potential topics, and the process of applying for a research degree at Sussex.