Tim Shao-Hung Teng is a doctoral candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, where he holds a Presidential Fellowship. His research focuses on the ecological properties of Chinese-language cinema from the late nineteenth through the twentieth century, with broader interests in infrastructure studies, animation studies, media theory, queer theory, and the legacies of poststructuralist theory in the age of digitization and global climate change. His dissertation project, tentatively titled "Earthbound Mediation: Geological Entanglement in the Extractive Zone," studies the sites and practices of salt, oil, and coal extraction as documented in film and literature from hinterland China to archipelagic Taiwan. His other writings have appeared or are forthcoming with positions: asia critique, Screen, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Taiwan Insight, and the edited volume Chinese Animation: Multiplicities in Motion.
He received an MA in Film and Media Studies from Columbia University and an MA and a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Taiwan University. His curatorial experiences include internship in the Department of Film at MoMA in NYC as well as ongoing collaboration with Harvard Film Archive on East Asian film programs.
- East Asian cinema and media
- Media ecology and infrastructure
- Geological media and media geology
- Visual cultures of late-Qing and Republican China
- Animation studies
- Psychic Grannies: Animation and Animism in Turn-of-the-century Taiwan
- Archaeology of the Eyeball: Lu Xun, Eye-gouging Myth, and Ocular Anatomy
- The Motorcycle Diaries of a Topolect Cinema
- The Politics and Pedagogy of East Asian Cinema at an American University
- Time, Disaster, New Media: Your Name as a Mind-game Film
- Review of Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Socialist China by Xiao Liu. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019