Weixian Pan

Weixian Pan
Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Interactive Media Arts

Weixian Pan is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Interactive Media Arts at NYU Shanghai. She holds a 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 at Concordia and also worked as the lead coordinator and researcher in the Global Emergent Media Lab.

She collaborates in several initiatives including Digital Ethnography Workshops and Life-Streaming Working Group. Her research focuses on the intersection between global media and environments, particularly the ways in which environments are mediated into political territories and engineered as part of the new technologies of social governance. Her current book project, China Southern: Digital Environments as Geopolitical Contact Zones, examines how digital media shapes the materiality and political imaginary of land, sea, and air.


Select Publications

  • “Island Fever: Populist Videos and Disputed Geography at Sea.” Culture Machine, special issue on “Media Populism.” (Forthcoming 2019)
  • Patrick Brodie, Lisa Han, and Weixian Pan. Special issue introduction to “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change.” Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies 8, no.1: 6-13. February 2019
  • “Under the Dome: Un-engineering Digital Capture in China’s Smog.” Asiascape: Digital Asia 4: 1-2, 2017. (Received the 2017 “Young Scholar’s Award” from the journal)



  • PhD, Film and Moving Image Studies
    Concordia University
  • MA, Film Studies
    University of St. Andrews

Research Interests

  • Chinese Digital Culture
  • Global Media Infrastructure
  • Environmental Media
  • Cultural Theory and Geography
  • Media Urbanism in Asia

Courses Taught

  • What is New Media?