Background Matters: Set Design and the Art of Environment in Modern China
Allen W. Clowes Fellowship, 2018–19
She is the author of Fiery Cinema: The Emergence of an Affective Medium in China, 1915-1945 (University of Minnesota Press, February 2015), a finalist for the 2016 Modernist Studies Association best book prize. Her writings appear in such journals as Camera Obscura, New German Critique, Representations, Nineteenth Century Theater and Film, Opera Quarterly, The Journal of Chinese Cinemas, The Journal of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Yingshi wenhua, Dangdai dianying as well as The Blackwell Companion to Chinese Cinema.
She has held a number of fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Internationale Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Germany, and the University of Melbourne. She is the editor-in-chief for The Journal of Chinese Cinemas and serves on the editorial board for Representations, Discourse, Feminist Media History, and the Journal of Visual Culture. She also co-edits the “film theory in media history” book series published by Amsterdam University Press.
She is currently working on a new book tentatively entitled, “Background Matters: Set Design and the Art of Environment in Modern China.” The book examines set design theory and practice in relation to the rise of environmental thinking from early to mid twentieth century China. Other side projects include the geopolitics of film theory, the historical interaction between film and theater, and cultural constructions of secrecy.
She is a passionate swimmer, hiker, traveler, a cat devotee and a dog petter.
- Joint talk with Ling Hon Lam: “The Rise of eSpace: From Emotion-Realms to Engineering Design,” Critical Asian Humanities Forum, Duke University, John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall), February 1, 3:30-5:30 p.m., 2019.
- Bao, Weihong. “From Duration to Temporalization: Rethinking Time and Space for Durational Art.” Representations 136 (2016): 132–37, 168–69.
- Bao, Weihong. Fiery Cinema: The Emergence of Affective Medium in China, 1915–1945. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
- Bao, Weihong. “The Art of Control: Hong Shen, Behavioral Psychology, and the Technics of Social Effects.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 27, no. 2 (2015): 249–97.
- Bao, Weihong. “The Trouble with Theater: Cinema and the Geopolitics of Medium Specificity.” Framework 56, no. 2 (2015): 350-67.
- Bao, Weihong. “A Vibrating Art in the Air: Cinema, Ether, and Propaganda Film Theory in Wartime Chongqing.” New German Critique 122, (summer 2014), 175-92.