Concordia University

Joshua Neves, PhD

Assistant Professor (Film Studies), Cinema

Canada Research Chair and Director of the Global Emergent Media (GEM) Lab

Office: S-FB 321-2 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5233
Website(s): GEM Lab
Availability: Office hours Fall 2018: Wednesdays 2-4pm or by appointment


Professor Neves' research centers on global and digital media, with a particular focus on cinema, television, and visual culture; Chinese/Asian screen cultures; postcolonial theory, cultural theory, and political theory; media anthropology; urbanism; problems of (il)legality and (il)legitimacy.

His work has appeared in Social TextDiscourse, Film Quarterly, Sarai, Cinema Journal, and the Media Fields Journal, among others. His co-edited a collection (with Bhaskar Sarkar), Asian Video Culturesin the Penumbra of the Global (Duke University Press, 2017), has been called a "fundamental reference across media studies" and "a milestone collection." He is currently completing a book manuscript - Faking Globalization - exploring media, urbanism, and popular politics in China, and at work on new projects on postdemocracy, technological intimacy, and video theory.

He previously taught in the Department of Modern Culture & Media at Brown University, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. 


emergent media, global cultural theory, political theory, Chinese/Asian media, cinema and TV studies, piracy and fakes, anthropology of media


Professor Neves is the Director of the Global Emergent Media Lab (GEM) - a research hub combining the ethnographic study of new media forms and practices, cultural and political theory, and transnational research projects and partnerships.

>>The 2017 GEM Summer Institute took place at Centro Kim's video archive in Salemi, Sicily: 

Selected Publications

Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global (Duke University Press, 2017) [co-edited with Bhaskar Sarkar]

"Videation: Technological Intimacy and the Politics of Global Connection," in Joshua Neves and Bhaskar Sarkar, eds., Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global (Duke UP, 2017).

“The Long Commute: Mobile Television and the Seamless Social,” in Ruoyun Bai and Geng Song, eds., Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century: Entertaining the Nation (Routledge, 2014).

“Cinematic Encounters in Beijing,” Film Quarterly 67:1 (2013). 

“For the City Yet to Come: Planning’s Visual Culture,” Sarai Reader 09: Projections (2013).

“New Specificities,” Cinema Journal 52:4 (2013).

“Media Archipelagos: Inter-Asian Film Festivals,” Discourse 34:2-3 (2012).

“Beijing en Abyme: Outside Television in the Olympic Era,” Social Text 107, 29:2 (2011).

Co-edited (with Jeff Scheible), “Video Stores,” inaugural issue of the Media Fields Journal (2010).


Digital Media Ethnography (graduate, Fall 2017)
Piracy: Culture and Politics (graduate, Winter 2017) 
Global TV (graduate, Fall 2016)
Methods in Film Studies (graduate, Winter 2016)
Genealogies of the Digital (graduate, Fall 2015)
Media and Cultural Theory in the Global Asias (graduate, Winter 2015)
Film History Since 1959 (undergraduate, Fall 2014)

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