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Wenhao Bi (Student Researcher)

Wenhao Bi

Supervisors: Dr Nate Tkacz and Dr Michael Dieter.


Research Interests

Everyday Practices, Identities and Digital Identities, Politics and Political Involvement, Social Media

Research Topic

My current research looks at young Chinese people's subjectivity through their digital political participation, and seeks a means to summarise these reactions under the contemporary techno-cultural-political condition. I focus on the four cases of a videogame playthrough on Bilibili, a WeChat group chat, the star-rating of movies on Douban, and a graphical blessing relay on Renren that share the balancing, negotiating and compromising between the discovery of political tensions from the technological and cultural aspects and the replacement of everyday cultural and/or technological structures from the political tensions. An overview of the political energy on social media platforms can be drawn from the dual feature of playfulness and seriousness.

Background

I hold an MA in Cultural Studies and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature, both awarded from Shanghai University, China. My Master's dissertation portrays the overall image of young Chinese people's political feelings through the case study of the 'Facebook Stickers War'.

Teaching

Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant 2020-2022

  • IM902 Approaches to the Digital (2020 & 2021)
  • IM933 Media Activism (2021)

Publications

Peer-reviewed

  • Playing politics digitally: young Chinese people’s political feelings on social media platforms, Cultural Studies (2021), DOI:10.1080/09502386.2021.1912808
  • ‘Assembling via “Danmu”: The Playful Networks of Bilibili’, A Peer-Reviewed Journal About, 9.1 (2020): 108-119, DOI:7146/aprja.v9i1.121493

Blog

  • ‘Doing with/in Digital’, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), 20 August 2019, https://medium.com/@warwickcim/doing-with-in-digital-2b28a9be24bf
  • ‘Where the “Intellectual” Places: With Reference to Podcast Project “Mo Du Ye Ben”’, [“知识人”的位置:从“魔都夜奔”出发], Pseudo-Scholar [学者], 4 September 2017, Blog post

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Contact

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

University of Warwick CV4 7AL

Email: Wenhao dot Bi at warwick dot ac dot uk