Nadine Chan


Nadine Chan (Claremont Graduate University) is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Chan has published in The Journal of Environmental HumanitiesCinema JournalStudies in Documentary FilmPeriscope for Social TextSpectator, and the anthology Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke UP). Chan’s manuscript-in-progress, A Cinema Under the Palms: Colonial Worldmaking in an Unruly Medium examines cinema as a worldmaking and terraforming technology through the framework of counter-colonial “unruliness.” Her second project focuses on complexity, futurity, and uncertainty in visualizations of environmental degradation. Her work has been supported by an SSRC research fellowship, a Harper-Schmidt postdoctoral fellowship at UChicago, and a Global Asia postdoctoral fellowship at NTU, Singapore.

1. “A Time-Lagged Medium: Colonial Documentary in British Malaya and the Asynchronous Reproducibility of Reality.” In Theorizing Colonial Cinema, edited by N. A. Kwon, et al. Indiana University Press, Forthcoming.
2. “Pandemic Temporalities: Distal Futurity and the Digital Capitalocene.” Journal of Environmental Media 1, no. 2 (2020).
3. “Aestheticizing Asian American Assimilation in the Learning Corporation of America’s Many Americans Series (1970-1982).” In Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film, edited by Marsha Gordon and Allyson Field. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019.
4. “Global Asia: A Critical Aesthetics Always in Search of Alternative Globalities.” Periscope feature on “Global Asia: Critical Aesthetics, Alternative Globalities. Social Text, (2018).
5. “Making Ahmad ‘Problem Conscious’: Educational Cinema and the Rural Lecture Caravan in 1930s British Malaya.” Cinema Journal 55, no. 4 (2016).