Ziru Chen


Kellogg College

Course and Supervisor:

DPhil Oriental Studies (Cinema and Media Studies, Oxford-Kaifeng Scholar)

Supervised by Professor Margaret Hillenbrand



Thesis Title:

The Sensory Aesthetic of Contemporary East Asian Art Cinema

Educational Background:

BA  Tsinghua University

MSt  University of Oxford  (Distinction, KS Scholar in Chinese Art)

Research Interests:

Media Aesthetics; East Asian Cinemas; Transmediality; Media Ecology; the Politics of Documentary; the Digital Sensations

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

"Hou Hsiao-hsien's Departure from Language in His New Millennium Films", Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, forthcoming.

“Sensory Aesthetics and Collective Creation Beyond the Auteur”, 12th British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Conference, Brighton, 2024.

"The Move Away from Language and the Chinese Lyrical Tradition", British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference (Joint East Asian Studies Conference), Preston, 2024.

"Technological Aesthetics in Modern Chinese Lyricism", European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Annual Conference, Birmingham, 2024.

"Katabatic Narration in E. M. Forster's A Passage to India", New Work in Modernist Studies 13, Liverpool, 2023.

"Escaping the AI Image in Circuit in the White Cube", Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present/14 Conference, Seattle, 2023.

"The Sensory Aesthetic of Contemporary East Asian Art Cinema", 19th European Association for Japanese Studies Workshop for PhD Students, Leuven, 2023.

“The Unsettled Directorship of Meishi Street”, Oxford-Freiburg Workshop "Visual Cultures and Cultures of Reading in the PRC", Oxford, 2023

"Meishi Street as an Under-Directed Documentary", Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 62, winter 2023-2024. 

"The Post-Cinema Effects of Traditional Cinema Formats", Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Denver, 2023.

“Aesthetic Estrangement of the Reality Effect in Contemporary East Asian Art Cinema", Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Online, 2022.

"The Long Take as an Ecological Technique in The Assassin", American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Online, 2022.

Courses Taught: 

Counter-Culture in the Cultural Revolution (BA Hons and MPhil, 2023)

Contemporary Chinese Cinema (BA Hons and MPhil, 2023)