Dr Mary Jane Ainslie

Associate Professor Mary Jane Ainslie
International Communications
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Expertise summary

Dr. Mary J. Ainslie is an Associate Professor specializing in culture and media throughout Southeast Asia, with specific emphasis upon Thailand and Malaysia, as well as the wider intercultural links between the East and Southeast Asia regions. She is Deputy Head of the School of International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus. Dr. Ainslie has received funding for a range of projects from various international organizations, including the Academy of Korean Studies, the Korea Foundation and the Vidal Sassoon Centre for the Study of Antisemitism (for studies in which she was project leader). She organized the first symposium to study the consumption and reception of Korean pop culture in Southeast Asia and regularly presents her work in Europe, Israel, Korea and across Southeast Asia. She has previously worked for the Bangkok International Film Festival and was an invited speaker at the Khon Kaen International Film Festival. She has published in journals such as The China Quarterly, Korea Journal, The Women’s Studies International Journal and The Asia Pacific Journal, as well as in numerous edited collections. To date she is editor of the volume ‘The Korean Wave in Southeast Asia: Consumption and Cultural Production’ (2015), ‘Thai Cinema: The Complete Guide’ (2018), 'Southeast Asia on Screen: From Independence to Financial Crisis (1945-1997)' (2020) has edited a special edition of the ‘Horror Studies Journal’ (2015), and is currently co-editing ‘The Southeast Asian Gothic collection’. Her monograph 'Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Malaysia: Malay nationalism, philosemitism and pro-Israel expressions' was published in 2019, while her forthcoming monograph is under contract with Edinburgh University Press. In 2020 she was made an External Affiliate at the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Research group: Asia Research Institute

University links: External Affiliate at the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Researched funded by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Work with Katarzyna Ancuta at Chulalongkorn University.

More information can be found on Dr Ainslie's webpage.

Consultancy and Research:  Dr Ainslie is happy to explore opportunities to undertake consultancy and research work with external organisations.

Policy credentials

I have previously had contact with the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists during Israeli government discussion concerning anti-Semitism in Malaysia.

Media credentials

• Financial Times Commentator: "Beware the fierce devotion of the world's K-pop fans" (John Gapper, 2020) • Interviewed by The Times of Israel: "Malaysians start to reject traditionally virulent anti-Semitism, scholar says" (Raphael Ahren, 31 July 2020). • Forbes Magazine Commentator: "Why Older Actresses Are Often Cast With Younger Actors In Korean Dramas" (Joan MacDonald, 2020). • Commentator for 'The Ken Southeast Asia': "K-pop took centre stage in SE Asia, but how long can it hold it?" (Li Mei Foong, 2021) • The Korea Times commentator: "How Malaysian musicians localized K-pop lyrics with an Islamic twist" (Park Han-sol, 2021).


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