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Weixian Pan

Weixian Pan is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her dissertation, “China Southern: Digital Environments as Geopolitical Contact Zones,” examines how hegemonic narratives on global connectivity and digital media unfold across different "Southern" terrains, including urban smart infrastructures in Southern China, contested mediation of the disputed South China Sea, and the circulation of air pollution data and imaginary in the global South. Her other research interests include: urban studies, global video culture, cultural geography and environmental media. She previously published on the journal Asiascape: Digital Asia, and she is currently working on a new project on racial and gender formations in streaming practices and live data in Asia.

Teaching activities

FMST 335 Aspects of National Cinema: Chinese Cinemas
Part-time Instructor, Winter 2018 

FMST 216 Methods in Film Studies

Part-time Instructor, Fall 2018 

Research activities

Weixian Pan is currently the lab coordinator of the Global Emergent Media Lab (Director: Dr. Joshua Neves).


“Island Fever: Popular Mediation of Eco-political Geography in the South China Sea.” Cultural Machine, special issue “Media Populism.” (Forthcoming September 2019)

“Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change,” Special Issue of
Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies. Edited with Patrick Brodie and Lisa Han (Forthcoming February 2019).

“Under the Dome: Un-engineering Digital Capture in China’s Smog.” In Asiascape: Digital Asia 4: 1-2, 2017. (Received the 2017 “Young Scholar’s Award” from Asiascape)

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