The 1st CCVA PhD Forum

The 1st CCVA PhD Forum
Date and time
30 Jun 2023 (9:30am - 5:00pm)

Birmingham School of Art: Margaret Street

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The 1st CCVA PhD Forum is designed as a unique UK-wide platform to support PhD students further, enhance intellectual exchanges of ideas and critical debates, expand participation of young generation scholars, and celebrate our achievement of up-to-date doctoral research, in response to the increase of doctoral projects in the field of Chinese arts, design, media, and visual culture.

As a summer event to complement our long-standing CCVA Annual Conference, the 1st CCVA PhD Forum aims to provide a unique space for all students within and beyond the UK, who are conducting doctoral research, and new PhDs (awarded within 12 months on 7 July 2023), as well as for supervisors, advisors, and examiners, and those who are interested in pursuing a PhD in the future, to share, debate and innovate.

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies. Following the 15-year success of our CCVA Annual Conference, which invites researchers, curators, artists, designers, and practitioners at all stages of their careers to share the latest research development on the theme proposed each year, we launch the First CCVA PhD Forum.

Date: Friday 30 June 2023

Venue: Lecture Theatre, School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX, UK

09.30-10.00   Registration

10:00-10:15 Welcome (Professor Jiang Jiehong)

Panel One: Rethinking Post-Digital Era

10:15-10:30 Hao Yang (Lancaster University)

A Happy Excursion Against China's Digital Leviathan

10:30-10:45 Haiyu Yuan (The University of Edinburgh)

How Contemporary (Green Screen) Artists process their image prototypes in their practices.

10.45-11.15 Panel discussion

11:15-11:30 Weiyi Li (Swansea University)

Interactive Media Experience: A Study of immersive marketing communications for global media in a Chinese - Western context

11:30-11:45 Ocean Xu (University of Salford)

China’s Intervention in Global Media: International Documentary Co-productions

11:45-12:00 Ellen Yiwei Wang (University of Oxford)

The Political Potential of Photobooks and Publishing Practices in China from the Perspective of the “Post-digital”

12.00-12.30   Panel discussion

12.30-13.30   Lunch Break

Panel Two: Healing Resistance

13:30-13:45 Alexandre Claude Ouairy (SOAS, University of London)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary Art Practices of Resistance in China, 2007-2018

13:45-14:00 Yizhuo Li (University of Vienna)

The Experimentalization of Art in China: A Diagnosis in Progress

14:00-14.30   Panel discussion

14.30-14:45 Funa Ye (Slade School of Fine Art, University College London)

Neo-Folk Art: a Post-internet Subspecies in Contemporary China

14:45-15:00 Dr Edward Sanderson (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Non-Mainstream Sonic Culture in China Amid COVID-19: Reticent Engagements with Live-Streaming

15:00-15:30 Panel discussion

15:30-15:45 Break

Panel Three: Unconventional Body

15:45-16:00 Minji Du (University of Birmingham)

Reimaging the Female Body (since the 1990s): A Cohort of Challenging and Subversive Chinese Women Artists

16:00-16:15 Qingyu Shen (Middlesex University)

Challenges to and Reconstructions of Femininity in Contemporary Chinese Feminist Art from the 1990s to the Present

16:15-16:40 Panel discussion


Jiaqi Kang (University of Oxford)

“A pile of filth”: Hygiene Politics and Chinese Art, 1979–c. 2008

17:00-17:15 Wen Sun (Birmingham City University)

Blood and Flesh: Self-mutilation Performance Art in Contemporary China

17:15-17:45 Panel discussion

17.45-18.00   Closing Remarks

Forum fee: £30 (whole day attendance), £70 (full attendance including Forum dinner). Please note that this Forum will be in person only. Further information on the panel guest will be announced two weeks before the forum.