Dr. Lei Hao

Teaching Fellow at School of International Communications; Research Fellow at Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies; Research Fellow at Institute for Mobile Studies

International Communications / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Contact

Office

Room 307, IEB

Campus

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Address

199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

Telephone

+86 (0)574-8818-0000 ext. 8068

Notes

Academia.edu.profile: https://ningbo.academia.edu/LeiHao

Orcid Account/ID:  0000-0001-6722-0989

Personal page: https://www.leihao.org

 

Qualifications

PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London)

MA (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Professional service and membership

Research Fellow at Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS), University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Research Fellow at the Institute for Mobile Studies (IMS), University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Member, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Member, International Communication Association (ICA)

Member, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MECCSA)

British Association for Chinese Studies

Chinese Communications Studies Association (CCA)


Biography

Dr. Lei Hao obtained his PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His research looks at the dynamic relationship between technology and subjectivity, especially the role of technology in the process of subject formation, focusing on the debates around the politics of retention on subject formation. Methodologically, he develops approaches from Cultural Studies to understanding the changing role of media technologies in society, culture and the economy. This being so, his research interests fall into three main strands: ethnicity in increasingly mediated contemporary cultures; communication and power in blockchain; digital media and creative labour.

Based on his academic research, Dr Hao has worked closely with industry to make direct knowledge exchange. With over six years of entrepreneurial experiences in China and the UK, Dr Hao's professional background includes the Head of Chinese Operations in IOHK, an engineering company that builds blockchain technology. He is the founder of Access Digital Ltd, a consultancy company that provides insights into areas of marketing and technology. He has also founded Yuanju Technology Ltd, a software engineering company that builds applications for computational media.


Teaching

INCM1032: Communication and Technology (Provincial First-Class UG Module in 2021)

INCM1031: Media and Society

INCM2026: Researching Communications 1

INCM2027: Researching Communications 2

INCM2029: Public Relations and Propaganda

INCM2025 Understanding the Creative and Cultural Industries


Research interests

Expertise Summary

  • Subjectivity and Technology;
  • Minzu and Media Technology;
  • Blockchain;
  • Streaming Culture;
  • Philosophy of Technology;
  • Cultural Studies;
  • Media Theory

Research Interest

  • Chinese ethnic minority film
  • Blockchain Technologies and Creative Industry
  • Streaming Culture
  • Digital Labour

Publications

Ongoing research Projects

Topic: Cinematic engagement and representation of Tibet in China in new millennium

Role: PI

Collaborator: Dr.Mary Jane Ainslie, School of International Communication, University of Nottingham Ningbo

Topic: The Retention politics in Smaller-Screen Reality: An investigation on the influence of online streaming on ethnic minority film in China

Role: PI

Topic: From Wolf totem to Paths of the soul (冈仁波齐) and Balloon : A emerging conflicted cinematic third space for the construction of minzu in ethnic minority film in China

Role: PI

Topic: The Prototype of Blockchain video streaming service for PGC

Role: PI

Collaborators: Dr. Filippo Gilardi, School of International Communication, University of Nottingham Ningbo, Dr. Hing Kai Chan, Nottingham University Business School, China, Dr. Dimple Thadani, Nottingham University Business School, China

Topic: Designing the Authentication Platform based on the Patented 3D Printing Digital Watermarking Technology and Blockchain Technology

Role: CI

Collaborator: Dr. Hing Kai Chan, Nottingham University Business School, China

Funded by Li Dak Sum Innovation Fellowship, Personal awarded amount 500K RMB

Topic: Identity, aesthetic and technological apparatus in digital storytelling: A reflection on the construction of media affect in the Chinese cities branding campaigns on Twitter and Facebook

Role: PI

Monographs

Doing Cultural Studies on Technology: Unpacking the Political Ambivalence of Blockchain Technological Rationalisation in China. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (September 2022).

ICT and Nation: The Questions of Ethnic Identity in China. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming).

Journal articles

Minzu Beyond the Spectacle: An Emerging Social Diagram of Subjectivity in Ethnicity,” New Media& Society. (forthcoming).

“From Wolf totem to Paths of the soul (冈仁波齐) and Balloon : A emerging conflicted cinematic third space for the construction of minzu in ethnic minority film in China,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas. (forthcoming).

“Virtual gifting on China’s live streaming platforms: hijacking the online gift economy.” Chinese Journal of Communication, 12, issue 3 (2019): 340–355.

Conference proceedings (Selected List)

“From Spectacle to Digital Grammatization: An Emerging Social Diagram of Subjectivity on Ethnicity in the Digitalisation of Minzu,” IAMCR, Nairobi, Kenya, July 15, 2021

“The Concretisation of Blockchain Technology in Chinese Technoliberalist Crypto Space,” The Migration Conference 2021, London, July 8, 2021

“The Affect of Media Technology on the Discourses of Ethnicity in PRC: From Seventeen Period to the Millennium,” 100 Years of Chinese Film& Screen: Past, Present, and Futures, UNNC, May 14, 2021

“An Emerging Technocracy with Blockchain Technology for Decentralised Politics? A case of the Appropriation of Blockchain Technology in China”, IAMCR, Tampere University, Jul 13, 2020

“The Implementation of Blockchain Technology in China,” 15th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Bangkok, Oct 29, 2019

“Online Gifting practices on China’s Live Streaming Platforms” The Platformization of Chinese Society Conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, April 12, 2018

“Platformization, Digital Capitalism and Live Streaming Technology in China: The Rise and the Fall of Hanmai Live Streaming Performances in China,” VIRAL/GLOBAL Popular Cultures and Social Media Conference, University of Westminster, London, UK, Sept 13, 2017

“Digital Minzu: Individuation and Situated Becoming in the Practices of Computer Mediated Sibe Language,” International Social Media & Society Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, July 12, 2016

“A Genealogy of Minzu Discourse in China” MeCCSA 2014 Conference, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK, Jan 9, 2014

“Rhizomatic Connection and Situated Becoming in Chinese Ethnic Minorities Digital Self-led Ethnogenesis,” MeCCSA-PGN 2012 Conference, University of Loughborough, UK, Sep17, 2012