Joshua Neves, PhD
Associate Professor, Cinema
Canada Research Chair and Director of the Global Emergent Media (GEM) Lab
Professor Neves' research centers on global and digital media, with a particular focus on video, TV, and digital culture; China, Asia and the Global South; cultural theory and political theory; media urbanism; digital ethnography; cultures of optimization
He is the co-editor (with Bhaskar Sarkar) of Asian Video Cultures: in the Penumbra of the Global (Duke University Press, 2017), and author of Underglobalization: Beijing’s Media Urbanism and the Chimera of Legitimacy (Duke University Press, March 2020). Dr. Neves is also lead author of the forthcoming Technopharmacology (Minnesota University Press / Meson Press, 2022). His work is published in Social Text, Discourse, Film Quarterly, Sarai, Cinema Journal, The Media Fields Journal, Culture Machine, Review of Communication, Rethinking Chinese Television, A Companion to Documentary Film History, The Routledge Companion to Risk and Media, Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture, among others.
Dr. Neves' current book project is tentatively titled Smart Bodies: On Neuropolitics and Technologies of Enhancement. It examines shifting cultures of optimization—smart drugs to smartphones—paying close attention to changing bodily capacities and new demands for hyperbolic performance.
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.
global media, digital culture, cultural theory, political theory, China, Asia, video, television, piracy, urbanism
Current Research Projects:
- Smartness and cultures of optimization (big data and big pharma)
- Video cultures
- Global and digital Media
- Postsocialist and postcolonial media networks
- Piracy and informal media
- Media urbanism
- Chinese cinema/media
*Contact me to discuss MA/PhD supervision on topics close to my own research
PhD, Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
TechnoPharmacology, w/ Aleena Chia, Susanna Paasonen, and Ravi Sundaram (forthcoming, Meson Press/University of Minnesota Press, 2022)
Underglobalization: Beijing's Media Urbanism and the Chimera of Legitimacy (Duke University Press, March 2020)
Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global (Duke University Press, 2017) [co-edited with Bhaskar Sarkar]
Articles and Chapters
"Southern Effects: Kaiju, Cultural Intimacy, and the Production of Distribution, Cultural Critique 114 (forthcoming special issue on the global-popular, 2022)
"Unmanned Capture: Automatic Cameras and Lifeless Subjects in Contemporary Documentary," in Joshua Malitsky, ed., A Companion to Documentary Film History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020).
"Social Media and the Social Question: Speculations on Risk Media Society," in Bishnupriya Ghosh and Bhaskar Sarkar, eds., The Routledge Companion to Risk and Media (Routledge, 2020).
"Watching the City: A Genealogy of Media Urbanism," in Swati Chattopadhyay and Jerry White, eds., The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (Routlege, 2019).
"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).
Cinema/Media and Race Critical Theories (PhD Seminar, Fall 2020)
Film History Since 1959 (undergraduate, Winter 2020)
Technology and Intimacy (MA/PhD seminar, Fall 2019)
Media Genealogies of the Digital (PhD seminar, Winter 2019)
Digital Media: Theory and Practice (MA seminar, Fall 2018)
Digital Culture: Theory and Practice (undergraduate, Winter 2018)
Digital Media Ethnography (MA seminar, Fall 2017)
Piracy: Culture and Politics (MA seminar, Winter 2017)
Global TV (PhD seminar, Fall 2016)
Methods in Film Studies (MA seminar, Winter 2016)
Genealogies of the Digital (PhD Seminar, Fall 2015)
Media and Cultural Theory in the Global Asias (MA seminar, Winter 2015)
Film History Since 1959 (undergraduate, Fall 2014)