Visiting Scholars

Lu Zhang 张露 (September 2022 – August 2023)

Lu Zhang is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Nottingham, the UK. Her research focuses on the history of collecting and exhibiting Chinese art outside China from the late 19th century till now, as well as the cultural diplomacy and art repatriation of the Chinese government in different historical periods. Coming from a hybrid background of Journalism and Art History, Lu has studied at Nanchang University in China (BA, 2010) in China, the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London (MA, 2011) in the UK, and Institut d’études supérieures des arts (MA, 2017) in Paris. She has work experience in media, art gallery, and academia as a journalist, editor, curator, and teacher.

In the academic year 2021-22, she worked as a teaching affiliate in the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies of the UoN in Visual Culture of the Sixties: Culture & Counterculture (fall term) and Memory, Media and Visual Culture (spring term). At the same time, she was a research associate at the Digital Transformation Hub at the UoN, leading the Archaeology Slide Digitalisation Project. Lu is a winner of the UoN Asian Research Institute Postgraduate Research Award in 2022, which allowed her to conduct her archival research on the 1935 International Exhibition of Chinese Art at the Royal Academy of Arts London.

Bruce Dame Laoera (September 2022)

Bruce is a PhD Student in Doctoral School of Humanities at Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her research focuses on digital activism and social movements in Indonesia. She studied English Literature for her Bachelor’s degree and obtained Master of Arts in Culture Studies at Airlangga University, Indonesia. Her working experiences are mostly in academic teaching and conducting research, focusing on media, film, culture, and gender studies. Moreover, she worked in an NGO that involved in women’s empowerment in Indonesia. From 2019-2021, she also worked in the School of Liberal Arts at Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand. During her time in Thailand, she was active in participating in discussions and conferences related to social and political studies in Asia. Currently, she is doing a visiting research program funded by Una Europa “Digitalized” in September 2022 at Helsinki University. This research visit aims not only to develop and advance her doctoral research but also to learn and gain more knowledge about media, activism, and social movement in Asia.

Jiang Chang (January-December 2022)

Jiang CHANG is visiting professor of Chinese studies at the Department of Cultures at the University of Helsinki. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Shenzhen University (China), and adjunct professor at Tsinghua University (China). Prof. Chang holds a PhD of communication studies from Tsinghua University (China) and Northwestern University (US). He has also accomplished post-doctorate research at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). Prof. Chang is widely published in English, Chinese and French on topics that include journalism and propaganda, digital media cultures, and digital feminism in contemporary China. His representative works are published in leading journals such as International Journal of Cultural Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Feminist Media Studies, etc. Prof. Chang also serves as secretary-general of the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC), and deputy chief commissioner of the Chinese Association for Television Art & Culture.