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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. (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., 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

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

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

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

Authored Book - Research

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wei, J. (2019). "Gated communities": Queer middle classes and social stratification in urban China. Proceedings of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/nwsa/nwsa19

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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