Elizabeth Wijaya


Elizabeth Wijaya (University of Toronto) is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Cinema in the Department of Visual Studies and Cinema Studies Institute of the University of Toronto, where she is curating an Asian short film collection for the University of Toronto (Mississauga). She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University and received her B.A. in English Literature and M.A. in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore. She is co-founder of E&W Films: ewfilms.com.sg and Associate Producer of Taste (2021). She is Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies as well as the convenor of the 2020-2021 JHI-UTM Annual Seminar Series on “Mediating Race, Reimagining Geopolitics.” 



She is working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled “Luminous Flesh: The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Contemporary Trans-Chinese Cinemas.”

In 2020, she was awarded the Connaught New Researcher Award for a project on “Luminous Waves: Transregional Visions and Networks in Contemporary Southeast Asian Independent Cinema” and the UTM Research and Scholarly Activity Fund for “Migratory Encounters between Past and Present: A Cinematic Research-Creation Collaboration.” 

1. “Screening Today: The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Goodbye, Dragon Inn.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. 43(1). Forthcoming. 
2. “Three Ecologies of Cinema, Migration, and the Sea: Anchorage Prohibited and Luzon.” Ecology and Chinese-language Cinema: Reimagining a Field. Edited by Sheldon Lu and Gong Haomin. New York: Routledge, 2019, 67–81.
3. “To See Die, Again: The Act of Killing and the Act of Filming.” Parallax 22.1  (2016): 81-95.
4. David Coughlan, Christoforos Diakoulakis, David Huddart and Elizabeth Wijaya. “Introduction: Survival of the Death Sentence.” Parallax 22.2 (2016) 1-4.
5. “To Learn to Live with Spectral Justice: Derrida–Levinas.” Derrida Today 5.2 (2012): 232–248.