SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar awarded Research Fellowship by Leverhulme Trust

24 April 2018

Dr Xiaoning Lu, Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and member of the Centre for Media and Film Studies at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for a project on transnational film practices in China from 1949 to 1989 against the backdrop of the shifting global order.

The 19-month project “Transnational Practices: Film Culture and Politics in China (1949-1989)” will contribute to the growing body of revisionist socialist cultural studies that challenge parochial and dismissive attitudes and seek to uncover a socialist cosmopolitanism that aims to empower groups of the subaltern.

Dr Lu said, “After researching Chinese socialist cinema for many years, I have come to realize the importance of the international dimension of Chinese socialist cinema and culture, which has so far received inadequate attention.”  

The research project will explore how various forms of transnational practices became constitutive of Chinese film culture during its formation and transformation and helped orient Chinese audiences when China transitioned from state socialism to market socialism.

The fellowship will begin in October 2018.