Delayed Promises: Female Film Projectionists On and Off Screen in the People's Republic of China

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The celebration and promotion of mobile film projection has been central to the multi-media landscape of the PRC at two historical moments: 1950s-1960s and 2010s-present. In each moment, the female film projectionist occupies privileged space, albeit in radically different contexts. This talk explores apparent visual, rhetorical, and experiential continuities framing the female film projectionist from socialist to post-socialist China. Through critical consideration of female film projectionists as conduits of advanced media technology and spatial projects, this talk considers how and why feminism has been a delayed promise in the PRC.

Tina Mai Chen is Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. Her current research considers the intersection of feminism, cultural politics, media landscapes, and subjectivity in the People’s Republic of China. She is co-editor with David Churchill of The Material of World History as well as Film, History, and Cultural Citizenship: Sites of Projection.

ROUNDTABLE: From Socialist Mobile Cinema to Global Media Now

TINA CHEN (University of Manitoba)
YI GU (University of Toronto)
TONG LAM (University of Toronto)
YUROU ZHONG (University of Toronto)


Tina Chen
Head, Department of History, University of Manitoba

Yi Gu
Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Toronto

Tong Lam
Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto

Yurou Zhong
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

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Asian Institute


Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Department of History , University of Toronto

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

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