University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Communications
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Adam Knee

Professor of Film and Media Studies , Head of School of International Communications (on research leave for 16/17 academic year)


PhD, Cinema Studies, New York University
MA, Cinema Studies, New York University
BA, English and Film and Video Studies, University of Michigan
Cert., TESL, New School for Social Research


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Prior to coming to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in May 2013, I taught at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (where I also served as Head of Division of Broadcast and Cinema Studies) from 2008-13 and at Ohio University in the US (where I coordinated the film studies MA program) from 2003-08. Other earlier positions include teaching posts in the US, Australia, Taiwan, and Thailand, where I was also a Fulbright grantee at Chulalongkorn University in 2005.

My teaching and research in recent years have focussed upon contemporary Southeast Asian cinema, while I have also retained earlier interests in issues of race, gender, stardom, and genre in American popular film. I serve on the editorial boards of Celebrity Studies (Routledge), the newly re-launched Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, and the Thailand-based Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society.


Current research

Current projects include preparation of a bibliography on horror film for the Oxford Bibliographies Online program, as well as work on a regional study of the contemporary Southeast Asian horror film.


Recent publications (single-authored save where otherwise noted)

“Teaching Film through Stardom,” in Teaching Film, ed. Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro (Modern Language Association, 2012).

"Thai Film Studies in English:  A Look at Current Work and Future Possibilities," in Thai translation, Nang Thai [Thai Film Quarterly] 16 (2012), 5-22.

“Mae Nak’s Makeover: Recent Adaptations of a Thai Cinematic Icon,” in 2010 International Seminar and Screening of Thai Cinema: Proceedings, ed. Raksarn Wiwatsinudom et al. (Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, 2011), 131-150.

“Mae Nak’s Makeover: Recent Adaptations of a Thai Cinematic Icon,” in Chinese translation, in Thai Film Studies, ed. Zhang Zhongnian and Raksarn Wiwatsinudom (China Film Press, 2011), 161-175.

 “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: Modernizing Class,” in Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, ed. Adrienne L. McLean (Rutgers UP, 2011), 196-219.

 “Tourism and the Landscape of Thai Film Festivals,” in Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia, ed. Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung (St. Andrews Film Studies, 2011), 154-165. Co-author: Kong Rithdee.

“In (Qualified) Defense of ‘Southeast Asian Cinema,’” Asian Cinema 22, no. 1 (2011), 357-367.

 “Harrison Ford: A Well-Tempered Machismo,” in Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s, ed. Robert T. Eberwein (Rutgers UP, 2010), 160-179.

 “The Pan-Asian Outlook of The Eye,” in Horror to the ExtremeChanging Boundaries in Asian Cinema, ed. Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano (U of Hong Kong P, 2009), 69-84.

“Race Mixing and the Fantastic: Lineages of Identity and Genre in Contemporary Hollywood,” in Mixed Race Hollywood, ed. Mary Beltran and Camilla Fojas (New York UP, 2008), 157-181.

 “Suriyothai Becomes Legend: National Identity as Global Currency,” in East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film, ed. Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-Fai (I.B. Tauris, 2008), 123-137.


Recent conference presentations

“The Japanese Imagination of Thailand in Recent Feature Films.” Council on Thai Studies Conference. Ohio University, Athens, OH. 26-27 October 2012.

 “Gender, Religion, and Nation in the New Malaysian Horror Film.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Boston, MA. 21-25 March 2012.

The Victim and the New Thai Horror Film.” The Communication/Dialogue/Interaction Between Thai and Chinese Cinema Conference. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. 16-18 February 2012.

“Where Got Ghost Movie?: Mapping Singaporean Horror.” Conference on Film and Cinema in Singapore. National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 6-7 October 2011. 

“The Ambiguity of Ananda: Thai Stardom in a Global Industry.” 11th International Conference on Thai Studies. Bangkok, Thailand. 26-28 July 2011.

“Exotic Journeys: European Cinematic Imaginings of Thailand, 1960s-1980s.” Cine-Excess V Conference. London, UK. 26-28 May 2011.

“Is There a Southeast Asian Text in this Asian Cultural Studies Debate?” Association for Asian Studies Conference. Honolulu, HI. 31 March-3 April 2011.

“Tourism and the Landscape of Thai Film Festivals.” Asian Cultural Studies Association Conference. Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. 1-3 November 2010. Co-author: Kong Rithdee.

“Bollywood Does Bangkok: Perils of the Intra-Asian Gaze.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Los Angeles, CA. 17-21 March 2010.

“It’s a Cookbook!: Gender Anxieties in The Twilight Zone’s ‘To Serve Man’.” Rod Serling Conference. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. 2-3 October 2009.

“Intransigent Bodies and Fragmented Identities: The Continuing Development of the Thai Horror Film.” Asian Cultural Studies Association Conference. Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. 13-14 August 2009.

 “Thai Nationalism and Cinematic Superheroes in the Time of Thaksin.” Association for Asian Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. 26-29 March 2009