Dr Corey Kai Nelson Schultz

Associate Professor in Media & Communication Studies, School of International Communications

International Communications / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Room 329, IEB


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0)574-8818-0000 ext. 8329


MA (University of California at Berkeley)

PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London)

PG Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I was appointed Associate Professor in International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo in September, 2019.  Previously, I taught at the University of Southampton, Goldsmiths (University of London), London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), and the University of California at Berkeley.  I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) in 2012. At the Southampton University Students Union Academic Awards in 2017, I received the “Highly Commended: Most Engaging Lecturer” award for Humanities. 

I have a PhD from Goldsmiths (Media & Communications), and a MA in Asian Studies (China Concentration) from UC Berkeley. I have also studied at Fudan University (Shanghai) and Tsinghua University (Beijing). My areas of research are contemporary Chinese visual culture and film phenomenology. In 2016, I received a Small Research Grant funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Sir Ernest Cassel Trust for my project "Sites of Commemoration: Contemporary Chinese Commemorative Museums and Affective Experience." This grant has led to my current research project, “Sites and Sights of Commemoration,” which examines the ways specific Chinese episodes of trauma have recently been commemorated in state-funded Chinese museums and films, and interrogates the ways that these “sites” and “sights” discursively, representationally, and affectively create meaning. In addition to this project, I am also currently exploring representations of Jews and Jewishness in contemporary China. I am a former Member and currently an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish / Non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton.


  • INCM4036: Chinese Cinemas
  • INCM2026: Researching Communications 
  • UG Dissertation Supervision
  • MA Dissertation Supervision

I have supervised PhD dissertations to completion in film studies, and am currently supervising PhD research projects on Chinese film. I welcome enquiries from candidates interested in pursuing PhDs in film and visual culture, particularly Chinese art film.

Research interests

Expertise Summary

Cinema of Jia Zhangke; Film phenomenology; Contemporary Chinese film; Chinese visual culture

Research Interests

  • Chinese art film
  • Chinese visual culture
  • Film phenomenology
  • Museum studies
  • Affect studies
  • Representation of Jews and Jewishness in China

Orcid Account: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7866-2264



  • Moving Figures: Class and Feeling in the Films of Jia Zhangke. (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2018)

Journal Articles

  • “Wang Baoqiang: China’s Peasant-Soldier Celebrity.” Celebrity Studies, 10, issue 2 (2019): 1-9.
  • “The Sensation of the Look: The Gazes in Laurence Anyways.” Film-Philosophy, 22, no. 1 (2018): 1-20.
  • “A Cinema of Sentience: The Simian Gaze in Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors.” Moving Image Review and Art Journal, 7, no. 1 (2018): 25-36.
  • “Ruin in the Films of Jia Zhangke.” Visual Communication, 15, no. 3 (2016): 1-22.
  • “Memories in Performance: Commemoration and the Commemorative Experience in Jia Zhangke’s 24 City.” Film-Philosophy 20 (2016): 265-282.
  • “Worker, Peasant, Soldier… Middle Class? Class Figures in Jia Zhangke’s 24 City.” Asian Cinema, 6, no. 1 (2015): 43-59.
  • “Moving Portraits: Portraits in Performance in Jia Zhangke’s 24 City.” Screen 55, no. 2 (2014): 276-287.


  • “Rise of the Entrepreneur: Jia Zhangke’s Words of a Journey.” In Contemporary Cinema and Ideology, ed. by Lars Kristensen and Ewa Mazierska. (London: Routledge, 2018), 91-104.
  • “Mediating Trauma: The Nanjing Massacre, City of Life and Death, and Affect as Soft Power.” In Chinese Cinemas: International Perspectives, ed. by Felicia Chan and Andy Willis. (London: Routledge, 2016), 53-68.

Invited Speaker

  • “Moving Figures: The Films of Jia Zhangke,” for the Oxford Seminar on Visual Culture in Modern and Contemporary China, Oxford University, April 25, 2017.
  • “Liu Xiaodong’s Dong,” for the Intermidia Conference II: The Moving Form of Film, Reading University, November 6, 2017.

Conference Presentations (Selected List)

  • “Commemorating Ruins & Ruined Commemorations: The Beichuan National Earthquake Museum,” Memory and Memorialisation in the PRC, University of Edinburgh, Oct. 26, 2018.
  • “Constructing the Jewish ‘Other’ in Chinese Jewish Museums,” Visualising Asia: Deciphering ‘Otherness’ in Visual and Material Cultures, SOAS, University of London, Sept. 21, 2018.
  • “The Maoist Class Figures in Chinese Visual Culture: Affect and Aesthetics,” Theorising Art Cinemas: International Perspectives on Affect, Aesthetics and Chinese Film, Universidade de São Paolo, Dec. 14, 2017.
  • “The Maoist Peasant Figure and its Affective Importance in Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture,” Making the New World: The Arts of China’s Cultural Revolution, London, Nov. 11, 2016.
  • “Sites and Sights of Commemoration: Contemporary Chinese Commemorative Museums, Commemorative Films, and Affective Experience,” NECS Annual Conference, Potsdam, July 27, 2016.
  •  “The Simian Gaze: Examining the Human and Non-Human Gazes in Visitors,” Screen Studies Conference: Screening Animals and the Inhuman, Glasgow, July 27, 2015.
  • “The Sensation of the Look: The Condemnatory Gazes in Laurence Anyways,” From Sensation to Synesthesia: The Aesthetic Experience and Synesthesia in Film and New Media, Rome, Feb. 27, 2015.
  • “Mediating Trauma: The Nanjing Massacre and its Filmic & Emotional Dissemination,” Chinese Cinemas In and Outside China, Manchester, October 12, 2013.
  • “Mediated Memory: Prosthetic Memory in 24 City,” Research Institute for Media, Communications, Culture and Society, Stockholm, May 23, 2013.
  • “The Intellectual in the Films of Jia Zhangke,” The Creation and Circulation of Chinese Identities In and Through Cinema, Manchester, January 29, 2013.

Conference presentations

  • Real & Fake in Hirst’s Wreck of the Unbelievable,” Media and Fakery Symposium, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Oct. 25, 2019.