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Dr John Wei


BA (Lanzhou), PG(Dip) (BFSU), MA (Auckland), PhD (Auckland and Melbourne)

Lecturer

Contact details

Room 6C12, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 8939
Email john.wei@otago.ac.nz

Research interests

Dr John Wei joins Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology with a background in Culture and Communication as well as Media, Film and Television. He has previously held multiple teaching and research roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury.

His research focuses on transnational gender, sexuality, and queer studies through an intersectional approach combining urban sociology, ethnography, migration and mobilities, and media and film studies to interrogate wider and ongoing social changes in global and regional flows and movements of talents, cultures, and capital.

John is the author of Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes (Hong Kong University Press, 2020). His current work explores social practices and cultural productions of gender and sexuality through a comparative lens across global Anglophone (English-speaking) and Sinophone (Chinese-speaking) societies to consider geographical, social, generational, cultural, and gender/sexual mobilities in the 21st century.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:
GEND 101 Gender in Everyday Life
GEND 205 / 305 Gender and the Media

I teach sections of:
GEND 401 Debates in Gender and Sexuality

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Publications

Wei, J. (2021, September). Feminism at the top: Gendered leadership under Covid-19 in Taiwan and New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Feminism(s) in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary Conference, [Online].

Wei, J. (2021, September). Revisiting migration: Population mobility and economic restructuring in post-covid geopolitical shifts. Verbal presentation at the Breaking Boundaries: Reimagining Borders in Postcolonial and Migrant Studies, [Online].

Wei, J. (2021, August). Handling the pandemic: Female, male and transgender leaders during Covid-19. Verbal presentation at the 116th American Sociological Association (ASA) Virtual Annual Meeting: Emancipatory Sociology: Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge, [Online].

Wei, J. (2021). Out on YouTube: Queer youths and coming out videos in Asia and America. Feminist Media Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2021.1950797

Wei, J. (2020). Queer Chinese cultures and mobilities: Kinship, migration, and middle classes. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 216p. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv12fw76v

Wei, J. (2020). Queer Chinese cultures and mobilities: Kinship, migration, and middle classes. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 216p. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv12fw76v

Authored Book - Research

Wei, J. (2021). Out on YouTube: Queer youths and coming out videos in Asia and America. Feminist Media Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2021.1950797

Journal - Research Article

Wei, J., Carter, S., & Laurs, D. (2019). Handling the loss of innocence: First-time exchange of writing and feedback in doctoral supervision. Higher Education Research & Development, 38(1), 157-169. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1541074

Journal - Research Article

Wei, J. (2015). Queer sinophonicities in (South) East Asia: The short films of Desmond Bing-Yen Ti. Intersections, 38. doi: 10.17613/M6W01K

Journal - Research Article

Wei, J. (2014). Iron Man in Chinese boys' love fandom: A story untold. Transformative Works & Cultures, 17. doi: 10.3983/twc.2014.0561

Journal - Research Article

Wei, J. (2014). 'But there are no lions in the Scottish highlands': Reading the trunk in Matka. Short Film Studies, 4(1), 51-54. doi: 10.1386/sfs.4.1.51_1

Journal - Research Other

Wei, J. (2014). [Review of the book Queer Marxism in two Chinas]. China Review International, 21(2), 182-184. doi: 10.1353/cri.2014.0016

Journal - Research Other

Wei, J. (2014). [Review of the book Queer/Tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism, and media cultures]. China Review International, 21(2), 133-136. doi: 10.1353/cri.2014.0009

Journal - Research Other

Wei, J. (2014). [Review of the book Tongzhi living: Men attracted to men in postsocialist China]. China Review International, 21(2), 195-198. doi: 10.1353/cri.2014.0020

Journal - Research Other

Wei, J. (2021, August). Handling the pandemic: Female, male and transgender leaders during Covid-19. Verbal presentation at the 116th American Sociological Association (ASA) Virtual Annual Meeting: Emancipatory Sociology: Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2021, September). Feminism at the top: Gendered leadership under Covid-19 in Taiwan and New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Feminism(s) in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary Conference, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2021, September). Revisiting migration: Population mobility and economic restructuring in post-covid geopolitical shifts. Verbal presentation at the Breaking Boundaries: Reimagining Borders in Postcolonial and Migrant Studies, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2019, November). "Gated communities": Queer middle classes and social stratification in urban China. Verbal presentation at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2018, March). Stretched kinship and queer mobilities in Chinese societies. Verbal presentation at the Association for Asian Studies (ASA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2018, March). Stretched kinship: Queer Chinese cultures/mobilities in the twenty-first century. Verbal presentation at the Popular Cultural Association & American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, Indianapolis, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2017, May). Stretched kinship: Queer Chinese mobilities in the twenty-first century. Verbal presentation at the International Communication Association's 67th Annual Conference, San Diego, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2017, October). Mobilised desire, decentred cinema: Queer film clubs/communities in urban China. Verbal presentation at the San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema 19th Annual Conference: Cinema De-Centered, San Francisco, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2016, March-April). Queer Confucian bodies on digital screens: Sexual capital, dis/embodiment, and locative mobile social media. Verbal presentation at the Doing the Body in the 21st Century Conference, Pittsburgh, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wei, J. (2014, October). Intimate space: Queer film clubs and mobile queer social media. Verbal presentation at the Media Ubiquity Symposium: Spaces, Places and Networks, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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