We are delighted to announce our two Keynote Speakers for CMCI Emerging Voices 2019 Conference: Suhair Khan director of Google Arts & Culture’s UK partnerships and projects and Professor Hongwei Bao from The University of Nottingham.

Dr. Hongwei Bao

Dr. Hongwei Bao is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, where he also co-directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies (CEACS). He is also a member of the Institute for Screen Industries Research (ISIR) and Centre for Critical Theory (CCI) at Nottingham. Prior to Nottingham he taught at Nottingham Trent University, University of Potsdam, University of Sydney, and the National Academy of Chinese Theatrical Arts, Beijing. Hongwei Bao obtained his PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney in 2011. He was DAAD Fellow at the Free University of Berlin and British Academy Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College, the University of London.

His research primarily focuses on gay identity, queer activism, independent documentary and alternative media production in contemporary China. He is the author of Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China (2018) and co-editor of Queer/Tongzhi China: Perspectives into Research, Activism and Media Cultures (2015). He has published articles on gay identity and queer filmmaking in academic journals including Cultural Studies, Culture Unbound, Global Media and China, Health, Culture and Society, Interventions, and The JOMEC journal. He is currently working on a book on queer community media and cultural production in contemporary China.