The School of International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) invites applications for our Visiting Scholars programme. This position includes transportation, accommodation, and a research stipend. The Visiting Scholar residency is 2-3 months in duration (exact date range chosen by the Scholar), and there are two positions: the first will be held during Semester 1 (Oct. 1, 2021 – Jan. 15, 2022), and the second will be held Semester 2 (March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022).

Please note that, due to present Covid-19 travel restrictions, we will only accept applications from domestic or international candidates who are currently residing in China and do not need a visa. People who are currently employed by another institution will need a consent letter from their current employer if they will be based at UNNC for more than a week or will come at multiple times.

The aim of this award is to foster research collaboration with members of staff in the School. During the residency, the scholar will undertake their research and collaborate with one or more members of IC staff on a research project (proposed by the Visiting Scholar) that will result in a publication and/or a grant application. They will also deliver one lecture for our School’s UG and PG students and will give one presentation to the wider University on their research as part of our Invited Speakers programme. There are no further teaching or administrative responsibilities.

The award is competitive, and will be based on the proposed research proposal and the applicant’s CV. Applicants should have already been awarded their PhD degrees and have expertise relevant to IC, which includes media and communication studies, cultural studies, film and television studies, game studies, etc. (see:


Application Instructions

To apply, contact a member of staff to discuss your research proposal. Then, please send the following in an email addressed to IC Research at:

  1. Covering letter - please state the semester (1 or 2), the proposed length of residency (maximum 3 months), and suggested dates
  2. Research proposal detailing your proposed research project, intended output(s), and the member(s) of staff that you have contacted [maximum of 500 words]
  3. CV
  4. Email addresses of two referees

The call closes on Monday, June 14th 2021 at noon (Beijing Standard Time). The Visiting Scholar committee will aim to make their decisions by July 1st 2021.

For further questions about the programme, please contact Corey Schultz at For further information about the research interests of members of staff, please consult the staff webpages or contact members directly.

About the University: The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign University to open its doors in China. This award-winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of 8,000 in just 15 years. The School of International Communications is the largest school in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is affiliated to the Department of Culture, Media and Visual Studies at the Nottingham campus. More information about the School of International Communications and its members can be found here:  


Visiting Scholars


 Name  Biography


Dr. Kata Szita

Dr. Kata Szita’s research interests involve the behavioral and cognitive aspects of film, media, and extended reality experiences. She completed her PhD in 2019 in cognitive film studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her recently published doctoral thesis, Smartphone cinematics: A cognitive study of smartphone spectatorship, discusses the psychological and technological mechanisms of interactive viewing on mobile devices. Currently, she investigates moving-image, virtual reality, and augmented reality experiences with a particular focus on cognition, embodiment, physiological reactions, decision-making, and social behavior. During her time as a Visiting Scholar at UNNC, she conducts a study on movie-viewing experiences in social virtual reality environments in collaboration with Prof. Eugene Ch’ng and Dr. Wyatt Moss-Wellington. In this study, viewers’ emotional engagement and comprehension are compared between virtual reality and physical-world viewing of narrative films.

Cecília 2020

Professor Cecília Mello

Cecília Mello is Professor of Film and Audiovisual Media at the Department of Film, Radio and Television, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests involve audiovisual realism, cinema and urban spaces, intermediality and world cinemas – with an emphasis on British and Chinese cinemas. She has published widely in Brazil and abroad and is the author of The Cinema of Jia Zhangke: Realism and Memory in Chinese Film (London: Bloomsbury, 2019; Honourable Mention – Best Monograph 2020 - British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies). During her time as a Visiting Scholar at UNNC, she will be conducting research on current realist trends in East/Southeast Asian and Latin American cinemas, in collaboration with Dr Corey Schultz. In this study, they will explore the hypothesis that the realist turn in world cinema, noticeable from the 1990s onwards and coinciding with the introduction of digital technology, assumes a peculiar form in these cinemas in that it incorporates elements of the fantastic, the magical and the phantasmatic, complicating the relationship between the moving image and the objective real. They hope to analyse a number of recent films made in Brazil and in China – including Taiwan and Hong Kong – which promote the intersection of different temporalities: the present of phenomenological reality, layers of the past and the realm of memory that belong to the time of posthumous presences, and the strange occurrences that could belong in the future or which are simply out of time. This happens through a combination of local, regional, national and transnational factors, and refers to the effects of a particular historical moment marked by intense spatial transformation and by the consequent loss of reference and memory. By employing a multi-polar comparative analysis, we will focus on the interconnections that allow us to bring together films made in opposite sides of the globe, but which share similarities in their formal, thematic and ultimately political resignification of realism in the age of a post-photographic ontology.

Tingting Hu

Dr. Tingting Hu

Tingting Hu is an Associate Professor Research Fellow in the School of Journalism and Communication, Wuhan University. She has received her PhD at Macquarie University in 2019 and taught at the University of Technology Sydney and University of New South Wales from 2016 to 2019. Her research interest lies in the articulation of film, media and cultural studies with feminist theories, transmedia studies in various social and cultural contexts. Her recent publications appear in Journal of Contemporary ChinaTelevision & New MediaFeminist Media Studies, Continuum and Asian Studies Review. Her new monography Victim, Perpetrator and Professional: The Representation of Women in Chinese Crime Films has published with Sussex Academic Press in 2021. During her time as a Visiting Scholar at UNNC, she conducts a study on fan engagement of transmedia boys’ love adapted web-dramas in collaboration with Dr Celia Lam. This project adopts a transmedia perspective to investigate how fans engage with the transmedia extensions of BL adapted web-dramas across multiple media platforms and how they empower the producer-initiated and fan-strengthened counterculture violating the hegemonic mainstream culture and heteronormativity.