Weixian Pan

Weixian Pan is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Arts at NYU Shanghai and Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU. She received her PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University, Montreal. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she taught at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and worked as the lead coordinator and researcher in the Global Emergent Media Lab.

Pan’s research focuses on the critical intersection between media and environments, in particular through material and infrastructural connections as well as various forms of mediation. Her current book project examines how media shapes the materiality and imaginary of riverine and oceanic environments, a process corresponding to the geopolitical desires of China’s southward movements. Her previous work appeared in peer-review journals such as Asiascape: Digital Asia, Culture Machine, and Journal of Environmental Media.

Select Publications
  • “Bitcoin’s Ethnic Shadow and Echoes.” Journal for Environmental Media (Forthcoming Spring 2021)
  • “Island Fever: Videated Populism and Disputed Geographies at Sea.” Culture Machine, Vol 19, 2020.
  • “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change.” Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, Vol 8, Issue 1, 2019. [Co-edited with Patrick Brodie (McGill University) and Lisa Han (Arizona State University).]
  • “Under the Dome: Un-engineering Digital Capture in China’s Smog.” In Asiascape: Digital Asia 4: 1-2, 2017.


  • PhD, Film and Moving Image Studies
    Concordia University
  • MA, Film Studies
    University of St. Andrews
Research Interests
    • Global Media Infrastructure
    • Environmental Media
    • Chinese Film and Media Culture
    • Cultural Theory and Geography
Courses Taught
  • What is New Media? (IMA foundation course)
  • Global Media Cultures
  • Seminar in Media Studies: Media’s Material and Environmental Relations (Fall 2021)

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