Global Student Film Awards, Hong Kong 2018


It is a wonderful honour to be on the jury for this great initiative by the Academy of Film at Hong Kong Baptist University.

More news soon on winners but I can say that I have seen some excellent short films so far in the judging process.

I am also so pleased that two University of Lincoln Film students have been invited to come along too. Thanks are due to the Academy for such hospitality and generosity, and the School of Film and Media at Lincoln for their additional support for these students.


News from 2018 (in brief)

Here is a brief update on 2018. It has gone like the proverbial wind.

I started the year teaching on a new MA in Migration Studies in Norway, and setting up co-research ideas emerging from the Dorothy project.

 I then spent three months finalising my time and research outputs at UNSW, whilst also leading the Grand Challenge on Refugees and Migrants, and preparing to re-migrate to the  UK (second time this decade so it should be easy yes? Only a non-migrant will nod sagely at that question).

Then, on April the 9th I arrived in Lincoln, to the most beautiful Cathedral I have ever had the fortune to visit, let alone live alongside, and to discover the most dynamic university in the UK.  A sublime combination of extreme age and youth. If you ever come - you can see that encapsulated in the University's modern award-winning library developed from industrial warehousing at Brayford Pool, and the Wren Library housed in the Cathedral.

Here then, are some highlights:

Teaching a MA migrant course in the University of the Arctic, Norway, plus chairing the panel to award the Tromsø International Film Festival Peace Prize (January 2018),

Day Convenor: Refugee Alternatives II, University of Melbourne.

Invited Symposium speaker: ‘Arrivals by Sea: Migration on Film’. Cinéma-monde: Film, Borders, Translation, University of Stirling (In association with the Advanced Studies Institute, London)

Invited seminar: ‘Socialist Feeling’, SOAS, London. (with Yi Zheng) (April 2018)

Panel Chair and speaker, ‘Auto-ethnography, ethics and exile: the new film-makers’ International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Thessaloniki.

Helping to launch Heritage Dot in the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Representing UK HE (to my delight and surprise) at the Fabian roundtable on cultural and creative policy futures (Labour Conference, Liverpool, September 2018)

Inaugural lecture. Chinese Visual Arts and Film: Interventions, Comparisons and Chaos at Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham (October 2018).




Review of Meanings of Audiences

Participations: The Journal of Audience Reception Studies has published the first review of Meanings of Audiences: Comparative Discourses (R. Butsch & S. Livingstone, eds).

Reviewer Julian McDougall, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Associate Professor in Media and Education at Bournemouth University, provides a highly positive review. "... there is no question that Meanings of Audiences challenges and develops our thinking about audiences and as such, nothing short of an unreserved recommendation will suffice."

Download the full review here.


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Forthcoming book chapter: Children's Film in the Digital Age

Stephanie has contributed a chapter 'Cosmopolitan Endurance: Migrant Children and Film Spectatorship' to the fortcoming book Children's Film in the Digital Age.

Pre-order now on Amazon: Children's Film in the Digital Age: essays on on audience, adaptation and consumer culture, Karen Beeler & Stan Beeler (eds.)

Children's Film in the Digital Era




Inert Cities: Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in Visual Culture

Inert Cities: Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in Visual Culture, edited by Stephanie H Donald and Christoph Lindner, is to be released by IB Tauris in 2014

View contents and contributors here

We usually associate contemporary urban life with movement and speed. But what about those instances when the forms of mobility associated with globalized cities – the flow of capital, people, labour and information – freeze or decelerate? How can we assess the impact of suspension on a city? What does valuing stillness mean in regards to the forward march of globalization? When does inertia presage decay, and when does it promise immanence and rebirth?
Bringing together original contributions by international specialists from the fields of architecture, photography, film, sociology and cultural analysis, this cutting-edge book considers the poetics and politics of inertia in cities ranging from Amsterdam, Berlin, Beirut and Paris, to Beijing, New York, Sydney and Tokyo. Chapters explore what happens when photography, film, mixed media works, architecture and design intervene in cities to disrupt speed and movement; and question the degree to which mobility is aspirational or imaginary, absolute or transient. Together, they encourage a re-assessment of what it means to be urban in an unevenly globalizing world, to live in cities built around mythologies of perpetual progress. These new analyses of visual culture’s strategic interruptions in global cities allow a more in-depth understanding of the new forms of space, experience, and community that are emerging in today’s rapidly transforming urban environments.


Stephanie to work with iCinema as Distinguished Professor

Stephanie Donald will be working with the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research as a Distinguished Professor for three years from August 2013. She will be collaborating on research in innovative technologies, global humanities and the machine-human nexus of opportunity and encounter.


Release of Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media

Stephanie and Kirsten Seale have a chapter on 'Children's Film Culture' in the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media, edited by Dafna Lemish, which will be released on May 15.

The volume analyses a broad range of complementary areas of study, including children as media consumers, children as active participants in media making, and representations of children in the media. The handbook presents a collection that spans a variety of disciplines including developmental psychology, media studies, public health, education, feminist studies and the sociology of childhood. Chapters consider vital questions by analyzing texts, audience, and institutions, including:

  • the role of policy and parenting in regulating media for children
  • the relationships between children’s’ on-line and off-line social networks
  • children’s strategies of resistance to persuasive messages in advertising
  • media and the construction of gender and ethnic identities

The Handbook’s interdisciplinary approach and comprehensive, international scope make it an authoritative, state of the art guide to the nascent field of Children’s Media Studies. It will be indispensable for media scholars and professionals, policy makers, educators, and parents.

Click here to visit the Routledge web page to pre-order and to recommend to your librarian.


Branding Cities now available through Routledge Direct

Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism, and Social Change (Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Eleonore Kofman, Catherine Kevin eds) is now available in paperback through the Routledge Paperbacks Direct program.
Routledge Paperbacks Direct is an exciting new initiative that makes the best of Routledge's hardback research publishing available in paperback format for individual customers to purchase directly from the dedicated Routledge Paperbacks Direct website, The site also offers students the option to view complimentary e-inspection copies for study purposes.

The program is intended to broaden the potential market for your research by offering it at an affordable price for private readers and students.


Stephanie on YouTube! Defining Loss: the childish poetics of ephemera

Stephanie's paper 'Defining Loss: the childish poetics of ephemera', delivered in December at the Defining Ephemera conference at Rice University, Texas is now available on YouTube.

View the paper here.


'Welcoming Strangers' Conference - HARC Newsletter

The Royal Holloway Humanities & Arts Research Centre (HARC) Newsletter carried a small report in June on the Welcoming Strangers conference.

Click here to download the HARC Newsletter.


Postdoctoral Opportunity with Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

Professor Donald's project ‘Migration and Mobility: the question of childhood in Chinese and European cinema since 1945’ will be undertaken at UNSW, 2012-2015 . Fieldwork will be conducted with the collaboration of scholars from the University of Leeds (Prof L Nagib at the World Cinemas Centre), Middlesex University (Prof E Kofman in Social Research) and Renmin University (Professor Xu Weixin in Chinese arts).

A part-time Postdoctoral opportunity exists in this project (application closing date 8th June 2012). Please click here to view the advertisement, and then contact Professor Donald ( for more details.

There is also scope for postgraduate students (MA and PhD) to attach to the project (and at least one scholarship is currently available) - again please contact Professor Donald in the first instance.


Review of 'Media, Theories & Approaches: A Global Perspective'

Media, Theories & Approaches by Mark Balnaves, Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Brian Shoesmith has been positively reviewed in the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (Vol. 6 No. 2) by Nigerian journalist and media studies PhD, Partrick O Malaolu. Malaolu recommends the book as "a complete text for both scholars and students seeking grounding in media theories, particularly at an introductory level."

"Media Theories & Approaches analyses, synthesizes and simplifies media theories for everyday usage. Its stimulating comparative perspectives present an ideal resource for anyone, particularly media students, seeking to understand the complexity of global media whether in terms of their operations, functions or history", he says.

The full review can be accessed via the journal's publisher, Intellect.

Media, Theories & Approaches was published in 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan and is available from booksellers.


Branding Cities - out now in paperback!

Branding Cities: Cosmopolitian, Parochialism and Social Change has been released in paperback by Routledge.

The book, edited by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Eleonore Kofman and Catherine Kevin, "brings together cultural analysts, social scientists, and media and film scholars to explore the ways in which core cities generate competing claims on, and visions of, their use and their future, and thus have engaged with the necessity to brand their image for international consumption and for internal coherence."

Preview an e-inspection copy at the Routledge website.


New journal article: '"Recollections": a subset of the project on posters of the cultural revolution'

The Chinese Journal of Communication this month has published Stephanie's paper  '"Recollections": a subset of the project on posters of the cultural revolution'.

The full article is available here.


Branding Cities - soon to be released in paperback!

Branding Cities: Cosmopolitian, Parochialism and Social Change will be released in paperback by Routledge in February 2012.

The book, edited by Stephanie Donald, Eleonore Kofman and Catherine Kevin, "brings together cultural analysts, social scientists, and media and film scholars to explore the ways in which core cities generate competing claims on, and visions of, their use and their future, and thus have engaged with the necessity to brand their image for international consumption and for internal coherence" (Amazon product description).

Pre-order your copy now on Amazon!


Stephanie wins ARC Future Fellowship

Stephanie has been awarded over $800,000 over five years under the highly competitive ARC Future Fellowship grant.

The project, entitled 'Migration and mobility: the question of childhood in Chinese and European cinema since 1945' will produce a comparative account of the migrant and mobile child in postwar film, researched in China and Europe. It will contribute deeper knowledge of how childhood has been valued in key societies since 1945, and will bring new energy to international and domestic debates on the status, image and experience of migrant children.


Deutsche Welle interview on Belgian facebook campaign to combat teen road deaths

The Belgian Traffic Institute unveiled its new Facebook campaign to reduce teen road deaths last week. The campaign allows users to send a fake email from Facebook to their friends that informs them of their own death in a drink or drug related car smash. While the email is clearly fake and includes a disclaimer stating it is part of the Institute's road safety campaign, Stephanie was critical of the campaign, and sceptical about its impact on teens. Using a quick poll of  Australian teenagers, she suggested that the campaign "was too confronting and too aggressive and that it would almost certainly be hijacked by people sending on emails, frightening people and getting at their parents."

"The ethical approach here is fraught with risk. [The teens polled] support gameification of public information but pointed out that it was counterintuitive to make crashing a game." The teens also pointed out that while Facebook is a good way to reach young people, they expect more authority from public service announcements and official safety campaigns.

Stephanie suggested that "more access to the real fear of the last moments of a crash, rather than the adrenaline of reckless speed - would be useful, and/or doing skill games with handicaps built-in for notional drinks taken."

Stephanie also noted that, for teens, "death is not necessarily as frightening as a life of severe disability" and that "online campaigns involving access to people who have been in car crashes and those who work with people with long term disabilities resulting from car crashes" could be more effective, along with reference to the impacts beyond the victim, such as "family grief, peer grief and suicide."

"Seeing a footballer who now can hardly speak to camera or walk might be a stronger deterrent - and this could be coupled with a game of choices - one leading to crash, another leading to safety."

You can read the Deutsche Welle article (published 24 November 2011 in the 'Science & Technology' section under 'Transportation')  in full, here


Cities, Film and China podcast

A podcast of Stephi's talk 'Cities, Film and China' is available on the University of Amsterdam ASCA Cities Project site - click here to listen.


Youth, Society and Mobile Media now available in paperback

First published in 2010, Youth, Society and Mobile Media is now available in paperback from Routledge.

Edited by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson, Damien Spry, the book examines the influence of mobile media technology on the lives of young people in East and North Asia, South East Asia and Australia. It covers key theoretical and conceptual themes in youth mobile media research focusing on social, cultural and political aspects, including coverage of key themes such as regulation and technology, practices, pedagogies, aesthetics, social change, and representations of mobile youth.  The book offers an up-to-date examination of the influence of information communication technologies on young people’s lives in the region.


Amsterdam Cities Seminar

Supported by the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences), Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald spent the month of September in the English Literature department at the UvA working with Christoph Lindner and the ASCA Cities Project on research into the links between cities and cultures of fear.

Lindner and Donald also presented their research at a panel on Globalization and Urban Aesthetics at the international CRESC Conference in Manchester September 6-9 2011.

Donald shared some of her current work on Chinese cinema and urban culture on September 16 at the Cities Seminar in Amsterdam.

Click here to hear the podcast of the event.

Click here for the full listing of Amsterdam Cities Seminars 2011.


ABC Radio interviews Stephanie on social media and protest in Dalian

Today, Stephanie talked to Liam Cochrane on the Connect Asia segment on ABC Radio Australia. She discussed the role of social media in both facilitating and disseminating the protests held on Sunday 14 August, and which resulted in Chinese officials ordering the closure of a petrochemical plant in Dalian port.

The plant produced paraxylene (PX), a petrochemical used in the production of polyester, and locals became concerned about the risk of toxic spills after a storm broke through a protective dike. Locals used social media, including sites such as Weibo, to spread the concerns and to galvanise public protests that demanded the plant be shut down and relocated.

While Chinese officials sought to shut down the spread of information, the large protests achieved their aim. This unusual outcome has been reported widely as evidence that China is changing in the face of increasingly uncontrollable citizen activism, fuelled by social media and, as Stephanie remarked, by "good old-fashioned networking" - a fact of life that should not be underestimated.

Read the transcript, or listen to the broadcast on the ABC website, here.


CSAA Newsletter reviews posters exhibition

This month's Chinese Studies Association of Australia newsletter has a wonderful review of the China and Revolution exhibition currently showing at the RMIT Gallery (p.13), as well as a report on the related symposium on 12 August 2010 (p.4) and a review of the special issue of Chinese Media Studies edited by Stephanie and Haiqing Yu (p.23).

Don't miss the call for papers for the CSAA 2011 conference, which closes 30 April! (p.7)

Download newsletter here, or from the CSAA website (



Special Issue of Media International Australia released

A new special issue of Media International Australia (No.138), guest edited by Stephanie and Haiqing Yu and entitled "Chinese Media Studies: The State of the Field", is now available from the MIA website.


Call for authors for new book series

Christoph Lindner ( is looking for submissions for a new book series from the University of Amsterdam Press, entitled 'Cities and Cultures'.

Cities and Cultures is an interdisciplinary humanities book series addressing the interrelations between contemporary cities and the cultures they produce. The series takes a special interest in the impact of globalization on urban space and cultural production, but remains concerned with all forms of cultural expression and transformation associated with contemporary cities. More ...

Christoph is the series editor. He is the Director, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) (website:, and the series is part of the Cities Project (

To download the flyer for the Cities and Cultures series click here, and to express interest in contributing to the series, contact Christoph at: 



'China and Revolution' - Grand Opening at RMIT

On 3 February - Chinese New Year  - the China and Revolution: History, Parody and Memory in Contemporary Art opened at the RMIT gallery, Melbourne.

The exhibition, part of the ARC project 'Posters of the Cultural Revolution' by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Harriet Evans (University of Westminster, UK),  explores the relationship between poster art of the 1960s and 1970s, specifically the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and contemporary artists whose work engages a conscious dialogue with that period. It features original posters from the University of Westminster’s extensive collection and works from collaborating artists Liu Dahong, Shen Jiawei (pictured below, talking with Stephanie), Li Gongming and Xu Weixin.

Click here to go to RMIT's news story on the opening.

The exhibition is on at RMIT Gallery until 19 March 2011.

Stephanie talks to artist Shin Jia Wei



New Book Series - Cities and Cultures

Amsterdam University Press is launching a new  book series, which will bring together the best interdisciplinary humanities work on the culture of cities. Series editor is Prof. Christoph Lindner of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.

Stephanie is a member of the advisory board for the series, which will include both monographs and edited collections.

Click here for more information.


"China and Revolution" to open in Melbourne

Following its success at the University of Sydney Gallery, the exhibition China and Revolution: History, Parody and Memory in Contemporary Art, opens in Melbourne on 21 January 2011. Sydney-based artist Shen Jiawei will discuss "The fate of a painting and artists in the Cultural Revolution" with Stephanie Donald at a free event at 12-1pm on Friday 21 January. The exhibition grand opening will take place 3 February - download your invite here.


DFAT invitation to Shanghai Expo 2010

On 27 September, Stephanie participated in the Commonwealth Roundtable discussion on Australia-China co-operation on China Studies, by invitation of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Click here to visit the Shanghai Expo website.


Theory, Culture and Society publishes 'sex, the city and the scapegoat'

Publication of Tang Wei: sex, the city and the scapegoat in Lust Caution’ in Theory, Culture and Society 27(4)


'China and Revolution' exhibition opens in Sydney

10 August 2010

Grand opening of China and Revolution: History, Parody and Memory in Contemporary Art,  at the University of Sydney. Click here to read University of Sydney news item.


Online interview: Lust, Caution