Professor Neves does research in global and comparative media studies, critical theory, contemporary Chinese cinema and TV, urbanism, and anthropology of media
Joshua Neves is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture & Media. Before joining MCM, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. His work has appeared in Social Text, the Media Fields Journal, and Spectator. He is currently editing a collection (with Bhaskar Sarkar) examining Asian Video Cultures, and completing a book manuscript exploring the role of media technologies in shaping urbanism, development, and political society in Olympic era China.
Joshua Neves’ research explores global media formations and theory, with a particular interest in contemporary Asian media cultures. His work focuses on specific cities (e.g. Beijing), as well as comparative (e.g. intermedial, regional) approaches to media and sociality. He is particularly interested in informal or illicit film/video and TV practices, and their relation to broader media urban phenomena: billboards, urban screens, infrastructure, planning’s visual culture, media events, piracy. Central to these investigations is the role audiovisual media play in social transformation and public culture. While rooted in cultural theory and textuality, he also draws on media ethnography—aiming to generate new theoretical understandings by beginning with the careful study of site-specific forms and practices. Current projects explore cinema exhibition in China, marginal film festivals, Asian video cultures, and transportation TV, as well as issues related to media urbanism, discourses of the fake, globalizing media theory, and subaltern forms of globalization.
Ph.D., Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2011
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto (2011-12)