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Hongwei Bao

Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Faculty of Arts



I joined the Department of Culture, Film and Media, the University of Nottingham, in 2013. Prior to this, I worked as lecturer in Asian Media at Nottingham Trent University (2012-13), lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam (2011, part-time), lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Sydney (2006-10, part-time) and lecturer in International and Intercultural Communication at the National Academy of Chinese Theatrical Arts, Beijing (2002-06). I was DAAD Fellow at the Free University of Berlin from 2010 to 2011, and British Academy Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths,University of London, from 2011 to 2012. I was awarded PhD in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in 2011.

I am a member of the Centre for Critical Theory, Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies, and Institute for Screen Industry Research at the University of Nottingham. I am also a resident senior fellow of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham.

I hold a PGCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education) and am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

I have organised the Nottingham Chinese Independent Film Festival (in collaboration with the Broadway Cinema Nottingham) and various film screening events and research workshops, including:,-identity-and-politics-research-symposium.aspx

I have also organised various events for the University of Nottingham's LGBT History Month:

Expertise Summary

I am interested in mediated cultural politics in a transnational Chinese context, including but not limited to: gay identity and queer politics, social media and community media, and film and filmmaking. I am primarily concerned about how media relate to issues of gender, sexuality and identity, and how they participate in community building, empowerment of minority groups, and grassroots social movements. I also consider how media and contemporary culture respond to a postsocialist world dominated by neoliberal values and ideologies, and how ideological contestations are manifested in mediated forms.

Teaching Summary

I teach on the following undergraduate modules in 2017-18:

Communication and Culture (semester 1, first year core module)

Media Identities (semester 1, second year module)

Gender, Sexuality and Media (semester 2, third year module)

I also co-teach the following MA module:

Critical and Cultural Theory Today (semester 1, MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies)

Research Summary

My research aims to bring queer theory, Marxism and China into dialogue with each other. By looking at queer media production, queer filmmaking, and LGBT social organisations in contemporary China, I… read more

Current Research

My research aims to bring queer theory, Marxism and China into dialogue with each other. By looking at queer media production, queer filmmaking, and LGBT social organisations in contemporary China, I theorise how sexual identities emerge in a neoliberal and postsocialist context and how a radical queer public culture can be made.

I have co-edited a book on queer media and culture in China:

My monograph, titled Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Queer Politics in Postsocialist China, will be published by the NIAS Press in 2018:

I am currently working on the following research projects:

(1) The Queer Generation: Queer Filmmaking in the People's Republic of China, which examines major Chinese queer filmmakers and their works;

(2) Queer Community Media in China, which looks at community based media, including zines, websites, webcasts and dating apps in the PRC;

(3) Traveling Theory: Translating Queer Theory in China, which traces the intellectual history, or a 'genealogy', of how queer theory has been introduced and used in the PRC context.

I am interested in supervising research students working on the following areas and topics:

media and popular culture in Asia

film, television and creative industries in China

gender, sexuality and identity in a transnational (and postcolonial) context

neoliberalism and postsocialist cultural politics

The PhD projects that I am currently supervising include:

Feng Xiaogang's New Year Celebration Films (hesuipian)

The Nostalgic Mode of Expression in Chinese Film, Television and Internet Drama Since the 2000s

The Shanghai Queer Film Festival

The Kong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

The PhD projects I have supervised include:

The Representation of the Cultural Revolution on Contemporary Chinese Screen

The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art As Cultural Diplomacy

The Use of the Literary Fantastic in Diasporic Chinese Women's Writing

The Animal and the Human in Late Imperial Chinese Novels (zhiguai)

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