Julia Keblinska

Julia Keblinska is a PhD candidate in Chinese with a Directed Emphasis in the Department of Film & Media. She works at the intersection of Chinese cultural history and media studies, with a strong interest in socialist cosmopolitanism and Cold War cultures. She is currently finishing her dissertation, "New Era, New Media: The Postsocialist Chinese Media Ecology," and teaching a variety of courses on Chinese and East Asian media cultures at Berkeley. "New Era, New Media" is a media history that reads China's postsocialist transition through the introduction of new technologies, including television and early digital culture, in the 1980s and 1990s. Her second project concerns the digital aesthetics of Chinese nostalgia cultures, both in recent blockbuster cinema as well as social media, concerns addressed in her recent "Golden Age of Dead Media" Writing and Composition (R1B) course in the History of Art Department. She has also published on nostalgia and digital aesthetics in South Korean television in the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. In addition to her research monographs, she is co-developing a grant-funded sourcebook about Chinese print culture for interdisciplinary use in undergraduate education. In her free time, Julia enjoys tinkering with old media; she is currently restoring three vintage pachinko machines. While she appreciates the analytical potential of "haunted media" in studying nostalgia, she hopes the machines in her house are ghost-free.