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 archaeology of Chinese media cultures from the late nineteenth through the twentieth century, with broader interests in environmental media, animation and anime, history and theory of digital media, and queer theory. He is currently at work writing a dissertation titled "Earthbound Mediation: Geological Entanglements in the Extractive Zone," which studies the sites and practices of salt, oil, and coal extraction across China and Taiwan, where geology complexly entwines with humanity as well as methods of humanistic inquiries. His other writings have appeared or are forthcoming with positions: asia critique, ScreenNew Review of Film and Television StudiesJournal of Chinese CinemasConcentric: 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.

Research Focus

  • East Asian visual culture, film, media
  • Media environment, ecology, and infrastructure
  • Media archaeology of late-Qing and Republican China
  • Anime/animation
  • Histories and theories of digital media
  • Queer theory