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Guest Lecture: Queer Filmmaking and Queer Politics in Contemporary China

June 10, 2013 - 10:00-12:00

Dr Hongwei Bao, Lecturer in Asian Media, Nottingham Trent University, UK and visiting researcher at NIAS 10-14 June 2013.


In this lecture, Dr Hongwe Bao will focus on queer films and queer film festivals in contemporary China. Through textual analysis of some major queer filmmakers’ cinematic works from mainland China, in tandem with his ethnography of attending queer film festivals in Beijing and Guangzhou, he will critically access the significance of films as alternative media in contemporary queer politics and social movements in China. He will  also consider possible cultural specificities of queer politics in contemporary China which are influenced by and at the same time try to diverge from Western queer theory and queer politics.

Moreover, he will situate queer filmmaking in contemporary China in a transnational and postsocialist context; in doing so, he will delineate the postsocialist structures of feeling that shape cultural politics in contemporary China, thus opening up spaces for a critical revaluation of the socialist legacy in the Maoist China and a critical reflections of the ramifications of neoliberal globalisations on social identities and politics in today’s China. He will show some short clips from some contemporary queer Chinese films in his lecture.

About Dr Hongwei Bao:
Dr Hongwei Bao is lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK and visiting researcher at NIAS, University of Copenhagen. He completed his Ph.D. in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2010. He was DAAD Visiting Fellow at Free University of Berlin from 2010 to 2011 and British Academy Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London from 2011 to 2012. Hongwei has taught Intercultural Communication at the National Academy of Chinese Theatrical Arts, Beijing, Gender Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Sydney and Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam.

Hongwei’s research interests include: queer filmmaking and queer politics in contemporary China, Chinese film and television, media and popular culture in Asia, creative industries, new media and social media, transnationalism, migration and diaspora, gender, sexuality and identity, race, ethnicity and the nation, and intercultural communication.

The lecture is co-organized by NIAS and the Coordination for Gender Research at University of Copenhagen.

Venue: Room 1.1.18 (room changed). CSS, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, University of Copenhagen.


Guest Lecture: Queer Filmmaking and Queer Politics in Contemporary China


June 10, 2013