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visual culture, Chinese propaganda, war photography, art history, China, Chinese history, Chinese art, politics, Chinese politics, propaganda, visual propaganda, photography, history of photography, gender studies, childhood representation, cultural geography, history of art, Second World War, Sino-Japanese War
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I obtained my PhD in History of Art from The University of Glasgow in 2018. My thesis explored how the Chinese Communist Party employed photography as a propaganda tool during the Anti-Japanese War (1937-45). I am particularly interested in the portrayal of landscape and women for political purposes as well as the role of emotions in propaganda strategies.

My academic background is in Asian studies with a strong focus on China. I did my BA in East Asian Languages and Culture and MA in International Relations at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy. In 2011 I moved to Scotland for a Master in Chinese Studies at The University of Edinburgh which included 6 months at Nankai University in Tianjin.

I worked as a teaching assistant in history of art (Western and Asian) at the University of Glasgow for 4 years. During my time as a PhD student, I also set up and ran the Twitter account of the Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network and worked as an editorial assistant for The Asia Dialogue magazine.

I have been writing about art, photography, and Chinese visual culture for more than five years. My work has appeared in Art&ObjectNatural DiamondsThe Contemporary China CentrePhotography of ChinaThe British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Journal. I collaborated with the Chinese-Dutch photographer Xiaoxiao Xu to write essays for her projects Watering My Horse by a Spring at the Foot of the Long Wall (2020) and Shooting the Tiger (2022). Since 2018. I’ve interviewed artists and photographers such as Sofia KarimGakkinPixy LiaoMaggie SteberPrashant Panjiar, and Marco Almaviva.

Recent Publications

Women Model Workers and The Duty of Happiness in Chinese Propaganda Posters

Cultural China 2020, The Contemporary China Centre Review, edited by S. Kehoe and G. Wielander, published by University of Westminster Press

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, China, East Asia
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Children & Youth, Gender, Material Culture, Military, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Women, World War II