Stephanie DeBoer

Associate Professor

Contact Information

  • Office:
    Franklin Hall 030D (basement level)
  • Office Hours:
    Thursdays 1-2pm (and by appointment)
  • Email:

  • Research and Creative Interests

    global media studies, screen cultures, video & media arts, media geographies & infrastructures, media production/co-production, Japanese and Chinese screen media, Inter-Asian screen media, digital humanities & creative practice,


    My research, creative activities, and teaching address the co-constitution of place, space, and location as they are produced within transnational, regional, and urban screen media and technological cultures. My work is interdisciplinary, multi-modal, and often collaborative. It draws from critical screen, cinema, and media studies; critical geography studies; urban and infrastructure studies; global, transnational, and regional studies; as well as digital humanities and creative practice. 

    In addition to teaching and working in my home unit of Cinema and Media Arts/Studies, The Media School, I also teach in the Department of International Studies, School of Global and International Studies.  I am also affliated with the Department of Geography, East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as the Cultural Studies Program.

    Courses Commonly Taught


    F204: Screen Cultures

    C219: Media in the Global Context

    F392: From Video Screens to Video Art

    F398: Chinese Cinemas

    F413/I305: Media Screens and Global Frames

    F413/I305: Global Media Infrastructures

    X478: Uncovering the Media City: Public Screen Cultures and Urban China (Field Experience in Media)


    C503: Introduction to Media Theory

    C596: Trans/national Film and Media: Core Concepts

    C792:  Space, Place, and Media: Approaches in Media and Geography

    Publication Highlights

    ·       Locating Media Art, Screens, and Architectural Complexes in Urban China [book manuscript under development]

    ·       "On Adjacency: Infrastructural Tactics for Urban Screens in Transit," Leonardo, [forthcoming]

    ·       “New Media / New Asia: Dominant and Residual Geographies of Emerging Media Arts.” The Asian Cinema Handbook.  Eds. Gina Marchetti, Tan See Kam, Aaron Magnan-Park.  London: Palgrave. [forthcoming].


    ·     Coproducing Asia: Locating Japanese-Chinese Regional Film and Media.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

    ·     “Working Through China: Scaled Convergence and the Contingencies of East Asian Film Co-production.” Screen, 56.2 (Summer) 2015.

    ·     “Film and Media Locations: Toward a Dynamic and Scaled Sense of Global Place,” Framing the Global: Entrypoints for Research. Ed. Hilary Kahn. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), 2014. 

    ·     "Co-Producing Cross-Border Action: Technologies of Contact, Masculinity and the Asia-Pacific Border." Culture, Theory & Critique, 5.1 (April) 2011.

    ·     "Framing Tokyo Media Capital and Asian Co-production,” East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations. Ed. Vivian Lee. London: Palgrave P, 2011.

    ·     “Japanese Film, Co-productions and Regional Desires in the 1960s.” Japanese Film Lives: Audiences, Producers  (Vol. 3). Eds. Kurosawa Akira, Yomota Inuhiko, Yoshimi Shunya, Li Fengyu. Tokyo: Iwanami P, 2010. [published in Japanese]

    ·     "Scaling the TV Station: Fuji Television, Digital Development and Fictions of Global Tokyo." Television, Japan, Globalization. Ed. Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto et. al. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2010.

    ·     "Tokyo, Television, and the Urban Imaginary." Tokyo Studies. Ed Yoshimi Shunya, Wakabayashi Mikio. Tokyo: Kinokuniya P, 2005.  [published in Japanese]

    ·     "Sayon no Kane/Sayon's Bell." Ed. Justin Boyer. 24 Frames: The Cinema of Japan and Korea. London: Wallflower P, 2004.

    Creative and Collaborative Work

    ·    Co-convener (with Petra Johnson) of the Shanghai-based Screens Collective, a media art collective that addresses fundamental questions concerning the potential of urban screens as sites of public contact. Please see our (upcoming) presentation at the Media Architecture Bienalle 2018 for a description of our project in development, "On the Way: A Screens Collective Project on the Infrastructural Affects of Waiting in Urban Transit," which is supported by the Making Lab, Tongji University College of Innovation and Design:

    ·    Curator and co-editor of collection of IU undergraduate essays in Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture. On urban screens in Hong Kong and Shanghai, with introduction by yours truly. Essays resulted from the 2018 field/travel course, X478: Uncovering the Media City: Public Screen Cultures and Urban China.

    ·    Co-organizer of international symposium, “Emergent Visions: Adjacency and Urban Screens.” With Kristy H.A. Kang (Nanyang Technological University) and Anne Balsamo (UT Dallas). Hosted by the School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 30-April 1, 2018.

    ·    IDAH Faculty Fellow (2017-2018, Indiana University) and convener of the "Screen Ecology Project," an ongoing (and continuing) campus investigation of public screens and their potentials for facilitating public dialogue, encounter, and collaboration.

    ·    Producer & Artistic Consultant, China Remixed Public Video Art Exhibition (Isaac Leung, Curator and Chairperson of Videotage, Hong Kong), Feb. 1-March 10, 2017.