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Assistant Professor of English
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Ph.D. New York University (2012)
M.A. New York University (2006)
M.A. University of Texas at Austin (2004)
B.A. Peking University (2001)
Jinying Li studies film, animation, and digital culture in the current transnational/trans-media context, with specialization in contemporary East Asia. Her teaching and research interests include Asian cinema, anime (Japanese animation), otaku (geek) culture, participatory fandom, piracy networks, and trans-media interfaces. Her current book project, titled Global Geekdom, interrogates various aspects of anime and otaku culture, including fandom activities, peer-to-peer global circulations, and narrative/visual aesthetics, as the cultural manifestation of a fast rising global geekdom movement under the techno-economic conditions of the information age. Another project she has been engaged with is examining the cultural practice of media piracy along the emergence of a digital generation—dubbed “D-Generation” —in contemporary China. Her essays on anime, piracy, digital media, and Asian films have been published in Mechademia, The International Journal of Communication, and Film International, and will appear in a forthcoming issue of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. She received her BA from Peking University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University.
Jinying is also a filmmaker who has worked on animations, feature films, and documentaries. Two documentary series that she recently produced, Fashion Expression (2011) and Creative Future (2012), were broadcasted nationwide in China through Shanghai Media Group (SMG). In addition, She has worked as a journalist for Variety China, and has been a consulting curator for China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA) in Beijing.