Field: Chinese Cinema, Media, and Arts
Advisor: Ying Qian
Yilun Li is a Ph.D. student in Chinese Cinema, Media, and Arts at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC), where he is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Comparative Media through the Center for Comparative Media (CCM). He hails from China (B.A., Tsinghua University) and holds an M.A. in Film and Media Studies from Columbia University.
Standing at the intersection of cinema and media studies, art history, and environmental humanities, his research investigates the politics and aesthetics of Chinese experimental media practices, with a particular focus on their entanglement with urban development, infrastructural construction, resource extraction, environmental degradation, and biopolitical governance. Other interests include nonfiction cinema, modern and contemporary visual arts, media archaeology, and feminist and queer science and technology studies (STS). His academic writing has been published in journals such as Dianying Yishu (Film Art).