Stephanie DeBoer

Associate Professor

Contact Information

  • Office:
    Franklin Hall 030D (basement level)
  • Office Hours:
    Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 (and by appointment)
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  • Research and Creative Interests

    global media studies, public/urban screens, video & media arts, media geographies, media infrastructures, cinema & media co-production/production, Japanese and Chinese language screen media, Inter-Asian screen media, cinema & media theory and criticism, digital humanities,


    Often based in the historical and contemporary stakes of cinema and screen media in East Asia and the Asia Pacific, my research addresses the dynamics and experiences of place, space, and location as they are produced within transnational, regional, and urban cinema and screen media cultures.  My approach is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing from critical cinema and media studies, critical geography studies, urban studies, and global/transnational/regional studies, among others.  

    Research and teaching areas include: transnational or global cinema and media; cinema and media geographies; screen media and urban space; screen media arts and video arts; critical approaches to “new” media in the context of globalization; cinema and media co-production/production; East Asian or regional cinema and media; inter-Asia cultural studies; Japanese cinema and media; Chinese cinema and media; film and media theory and criticism.

    In addition to the Cinema and Media Studies unit of The Media School, I am also affiliated with the Department of International Studies, the Department of Geography, East Asian Languages and Cultures, American Studies, as well as the Cultural Studies Program.

    Courses Commonly Taught


    C219: Media in the Global Context

    F392: From Video Screens to Video Art

    F398: East Asian Film and Media

    F398: Chinese Cinemas

    F413/I305: Media Screens and Global Frames

    F413/I305: Global Media Infrastructures


    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

    ·       No Hard Edges: Locating Media Art, Screens, and Architectural Complexes in Urban China [book manuscript under development]

    ·       “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. 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.