This talk charts a brief history of queer representation on contemporary mainland Chinese screen since the 1990s, highlighting some of the key titles, directors and styles. It will particularly focus on the community and activist strand of queer film culture such as activist documentary and queer film festivals. In doing so, it raises crucial questions about the relationship between film aesthetics and gender and sexual politics; it also explores how film culture participates in queer activism and shapes queer identity, community and politics.
Prof. Hongwei Bao, University of Nottingham
Dr Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he also directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies. He is the author of three research monographs on queer Chinese culture, respectively titled Queer Comrades, Queer China and Queer Media in China. He serves on the editorial boards of British Journal of Chinese Studies and Chinese Independent Cinema Observer, as well as the international advisory boards of Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong University Press), Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Refeng Xueshu. He also writes and edits a column titled Queer Lens for the Chinese Independent Film Archive.