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Assoc. Prof. Paola Voci

Dr Paola Voci

Head of Department

NZASIA (The New Zealand Asian Studies Society) President

Office: Arts 3C11
Tel: +64 3 479 5994
Email: paola.voci@otago.ac.nz


Brief Bio

Teaching
Postgraduate Supervision

Associate Professor Paola Voci completed a B.A. Honours in Chinese Language and Literature, Venice University 1991, a Diploma in Film Theory and Practice, Beijing Film Academy 1991, a M.A. in East Asian Studies, Indiana University 1997, and a PhD in Chinese, Indiana University 2002.
Her area of study combines East Asian Studies (in particular, Chinese language and culture), film and media studies, visual culture, and digital culture. In particular, her recent research has focused on documentary, animation, and other hybrid digital video practices in contemporary China. She has published articles in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Screening the Past, Senses of Cinema, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, and Bianco e Nero. Her work also appears in several edited collections of essays, such as The New Chinese Documentary Movement and The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas.  She is the author of China on Video (Routledge 2010, 2012), a book that analyses and theorizes movies made for and viewed on computer and mobile screens.  In her current research, she expands from her conceptualization of lightness to rethink the past of digital cultures.

Teaching


Paola teaches and coordinates ASIA101ASIA201, CHIN131 and CHIN132, CHIN242/342, CHIN441.

Supervision

Paola welcomes applications from research students who wish to work in the following areas:

Chinese Studies:
  1. Chinese cinemas (Hong Kong, PRC, Taiwan, and the Chinese diasporas)
  2. Chinese documentary
  3. Chinese animation
  4. Chinese digital cultures
Film and Media Studies
  1. Small-screen cinema: digital movie-making practices, soft(ware) cinema, web-based movies
  2. Documentary film and video making
  3. Amateur cinematic practice
Recently Completed Honours Theses:
  1. - Samantha Steel, “The Adventures of Children in the May Fourth Movement: “The Child” in Early 20th Century China”, June 2015
  2. - Ishbel McLachlan, From Tianshu to Dishu: How “Chinese is Chinese Contemporary Art? A Case Study of Xu Bing”, November 2012
  3. - Lucy Morris, “Disaster Strikes: China and Japan’s Media response to Catastrophe: a Comparative Analysis”, November 2012
  4. - Sajini Jesudason, Non-government organisations in contemporary China: an Overview, November 2009
  5. -Tenzin Mullin, A Study of Education and English Training Programme in Tibetan regions of modern China: A case Study, November 2009
PhD Supervision:
  1. Li-jiun Shen, "Re-writing Women in Qingshi". Degree Awarded, 2015
  2. Massimilian Urbano, "Radical politics, social media and the subaltern question in contemporary Italy" with Brett Nichols and Rosemary Overell (MFCO). On-going
  3. Huijuan Hua, "A Musical Biography of Samuel Pollard". with Henry Johnson (Music). On-going
  4. Weijun Ma, "Political TV drama in China". Degree awarded 2012

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Publications

Voci, P. (2010). China on video: Smaller-screen realities. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 259p.

Voci, P. (2013). Online small-screen cinema: The cinema of attractions and the emancipated spectator. In C. Rojas (Ed.), Oxford handbook of Chinese cinemas. (pp. 377-397). Oxford University Press.

Voci, P. (2015). DV and the animateur cinema in China. In Z. Zhen & A. Zito (Eds.), DV-made China: Digital subjects and social transformations after independent film. (pp. 260-288). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Voci, P. (2010). Blowup Beijing: The city as a twilight zone. In C. Berry, L. Xinyu & L. Rofel (Eds.), The new Chinese documentary film movement: For the public record. (pp. 99-116). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Voci, P. (2014). The Light out of the tunnel: Re-thinking Chinese cinema’s war film Realism. Parol, XXVII(25), 81-101.

Authored Book - Research

Voci, P. (2010). China on video: Smaller-screen realities. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 259p.

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Edited Book - Research

Voci, P., & Leckie, J. (Eds.). (2011). Localizing Asia in Aotearoa. Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore, 248p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Voci, P. (2015). The Sino-Japanese War in Ip Man: From miscommunication to poetic combat. In K. Tam, T. Y. Tsu & S. Wilson (Eds.), Chinese and Japanese films on the Second World War. (pp. 40-53). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Voci, P. (2015). DV and the animateur cinema in China. In Z. Zhen & A. Zito (Eds.), DV-made China: Digital subjects and social transformations after independent film. (pp. 260-288). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Voci, P. (2013). Online small-screen cinema: The cinema of attractions and the emancipated spectator. In C. Rojas (Ed.), Oxford handbook of Chinese cinemas. (pp. 377-397). Oxford University Press.

Voci, P. (2011). 'Isn't it great? They all speak English!': Screen representations of Asia and Asians in New Zealand. In P. Voci & J. Leckie (Eds.), Localizing Asia in Aotearoa. (pp. 74-97). Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Voci, P., & Leckie, J. (2011). Beyond nations and ethnicities: Localizing Asia in New Zealand. In P. Voci & J. Leckie (Eds.), Localizing Asia in Aotearoa. (pp. 7-23). Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Voci, P. (2010). Rejecting words: Illiteracy, silence, and the visual. In C. Prentice, V. Devadas & H. Johnson (Eds.), Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. (pp. 209-238). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Voci, P. (2010). Blowup Beijing: The city as a twilight zone. In C. Berry, L. Xinyu & L. Rofel (Eds.), The new Chinese documentary film movement: For the public record. (pp. 99-116). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Voci, P. (2009). Multiple-screen realities. In O. Khoo & S. Metzger (Eds.), Futures of Chinese cinema: Technologies and temporalities in Chinese screen cultures. (pp. 265-276). Bristol, UK: Intellect.

Hemelryk Donald, S., & Voci, P. (2008). China: Cinema, politics and scholarship. In J. Donald & M. Renov (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of film studies. (pp. 54-73). London: SAGE.

Voci, P. (2007). Extending the tale: An analysis of The Lord of the Rings extended editions. In A. Lam & N. Oryshchuk (Eds.), How we became Middle-earth: A collection of essays on The Lord of the Rings. (pp. 327-345). Zollikofen, Switzerland: Walking Tree.

Voci, P. (2006). Zhongguo jilupian: Yingxiang Zhongguo wenhua [Chinese documentary: Changing film culture in China]. In P. Jie (Ed.), Lingyan xiangkan: Haiwai xuezhe ping dangdai Zhongguo jilupian [Reel China: A new look at contemporary Chinese documentary]. (pp. 103-113). Shanghai, China: Shanghai Wenhui.

Voci, P. (2006). From Middle Kingdom to Middle Earth and back: Chinese media/mediated identities in New Zealand. In H. Johnson & B. Moloughney (Eds.), Asia in the making of New Zealand. (pp. 163-184). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Voci, P. (2005). Dal grande al piccolo schermo: Il cinema documentario cinese contemporaneo (From silver screen to small screen: Contemporary Chinese documentary). In Ombre elettriche cento anni di cinema cinese (1905-2005) (Electric shadows: 100 years of Chinese cinema 1905-2005). (pp. 158-167). Venezia: Electa.

Voci, P. (2005). ″Un intento sincero e dei metodi onesti″. Riflessioni sul documentario Cina di Antonioni e il nuovo documentario cinese [A sincere purpose and honest means: Rethinking Antonioni's documentary 'China' and the new Chinese documentary]. In Caro maestro...scritti in onore di Lionello Lanciotti per l'ottantesimo compleanno [Dear master...essays in honour of Lionello Lanciotti for his eightieth birthday]. (pp. 1234-1248). Venezia, Italy: Ca' Foscarina.

Voci, P. (2005). Ombre elettriche cento anni di cinema cinese (1905-2005) (Electric shadown: 100 years of chinese cinema 1905-2005). In Del grande al piccolo schermo: Nuovi sviluppi del socumentario cinese (From silver screen to small screen: New developments of Chinese documentary). (pp. 158-311). Milano: Electa.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Voci, P. (2009). A view from Aotearoa-New Zealand. In K. Merkel-Hess, K. L. Pomeranz & J. N. Wasserstrom (Eds.), China in 2008: A year of great significance. (pp. 184-185). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

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Journal - Research Article

Voci, P. (2014). The Light out of the tunnel: Re-thinking Chinese cinema’s war film Realism. Parol, XXVII(25), 81-101.

Fowler, C., & Voci, P. (2011). Brief encounters: Theorizing screen attachments outside the movie theatre. Screening the Past, 32. Retrieved from http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/11/

Voci, P. (2010). Film «portabili» in Cina [Chinese portable movies]. Bianco e Nero, 568, 64-74.

Voci, P. (2008). Multiculturalism's pitfalls on New Zealand television: The rise and fall of Touch China TV. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 10(1), 85-107.

Voci, P. (2006). Quasi-documentary, cellflix and web spoofs: Chinese movies' other visual pleasures. Senses of Cinema, 41. Retrieved from http://sensesofcinema.com/2006/41/other-chinese-movies-pleasures/

Voci, P. (2004). From the centre to the periphery: Chinese documentary's visual conjectures. Modern Chinese Literature & Culture, 16(1), 65-113.

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Journal - Research Other

Voci, P., & Fowler, C. (2011). Screen attachments: Introduction [Editorial]. Screening the Past, 32. Retrieved from http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/11/an-introduction/

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Voci, P. (2007). Animating China. Proceedings of the Cultural Transformations Research Network Annual Symposium. Dunedin, New Zealand: Division of Humanities, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Voci, P. (2007). Animating China. Proceedings of the 17th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference. Retrieved from http://www.nzasia.org.nz/conference07.html

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Voci, P. (2010, November-December). Chinese portable movies. Verbal presentation at the XVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand: Cinema, Modernity and Modernism, Sydney, Australia.

Voci, P. (2009, October). Re-drawing the nation: Chinese animation from local to transnational practices. Verbal presentation at the Globalization and National Identity in Asia Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Voci, P. (2009, January). 'Isn't it great? They all speak English!': (Mis-)Representations of China and the Chinese on NZ TV. Verbal presentation at the Localising Asia in Aotearoa/NZ Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Voci, P. (2008, December). Ceci n'est pas un documentaire: Truth, lies and online videos. Verbal presentation at the Institute of East Asian Studies: New Media in China Colloquium, Berkeley, CA.

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Other - Edited Journal

Fowler, C., & Voci, P. (Eds.). (2011). Screening the Past, 32 [Screen Attachments]. [Guest Editor].

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