Novia Shih-Shan Chen

BFA (National Taiwan University), MFA (Ohio University), PhD (SFU)
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Limited Term Spring 2024 

Novia Shih-Shan Chen holds a doctorate degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies from Simon Fraser University (2021) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from Ohio University (2008). Her research interests include Sinophone cinema studies, transpacific cultural studies, documentary film studies, and feminist film theory and criticism. Her dissertation examines the issue of minoritization of female documentary filmmakers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the PRC since the 1980s and explores the ways in which women filmmakers adjust their modes of production while continuing in their works to resist dominant ideologies that have shaped mainstream national/regional film culture. She has taught courses across disciplines from gender studies, film and media studies, Asian studies to film production.

Areas of Interest

Sinophone Studies, Documentary Film Studies, Feminist Film Theory and Criticism, Production Studies, Transpacific Cultural Studies

Scholarly Work

  • Chen, Novia Shih-Shan. Documentary as Alternative Practice : Situating Contemporary Female Filmmakers in Sinophone Cinemas. Simon Fraser University, 2021.
  • Novia Shih-Shan Chen and Sho Ogawa. "Kyoko Okazaki and the Horror of Adolescence in 1990s Japan." Monstrous Women in Comics. Eds. Samantha Langsdale and Elizabeth Rae Coody. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Shih-Shan Chen. "Integrating Education, the Industry and Funding: An Overview of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam." 2014. Film Appreciation Academic Journal. 32: 3,4. pp. 60-67.