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    Associate Professor Fran Martin

Associate Professor Fran Martin is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Since 2015, she has been working fulltime on the 5-year research project on which this presentation is based: a longitudinal ethnography investigating the social and subjective experiences of young women from China studying and living in Australia. Martin’s best-known prior research draws on her fluency in Mandarin and lifelong engagement with contemporary Chinese cultural scenes to analyze television, film, popular literature, social media, youth movements and other forms of cultural production in the transnational Chinese world, with a specialization in gender and queer sexuality. Martin’s recent books include Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (with T. Lewis and W. Sun, Duke U.P., 2016), Lifestyle Media in Asia: Consumption, Aspiration and Identity (co-edited with T. Lewis, Routledge, 2016), Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary (Duke U.P., 2010), and AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities (co-edited with P. Jackson, M. McLelland and A. Yue, Illinois U.P., 2008). This talk presents material that will be developed in Martin’s newest book project, Dreams of Flight: Gender, Subjectivity, and China’s Student Transmigrants (under contract to Duke U. P.).