PhD & Visiting Scholar

Siying Duan

International Postdoc Fellow

Areas: New Media Arts, Chinese Aesthetics, Comparative Aesthetics

Siying Duan has recently completed her Ph.D. study in Art Theory at Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai University. She is now research assistant of professor Laura U. Marks. She also serves as the producer of the podcast channel “Elephant says” at the platform Creative Disturbance. Siying has visited the University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of Manchester and University College Cork (UCC). She has been served as board member for Body of Knowledge conference and has reviewed manuscript for Leonardo journal. Her study of interests includes new media arts and aesthetics and her publications include several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics, and art psychology.

Yani Kong

PhD (Special Arrangement)

Areas: Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art History, Visual Culture, Cultural Studies.

I am a visual culture historian and scholar completing a PhD by special arrangement in the School for the Contemporary Arts. I hold a Masters in Theory, Culture, and Politics from Trent University, and am an alumna of SFU SCA with a BA in Art and Culture Studies. My research focusses on the concept of the disenchantment of the world and the possibilities for art and other visual phenomena to stimulate forms of re- enchantment. I study bodies of artwork that possess haunted qualities, completing my MA thesis on the 19th Century American spirit photographer William Mumler, and now turning my attention to Post-911 visual culture through the work of Art Spiegelman, Ryan McGinley, and Robert Gober.

Hongyan Sun

Visiting Scholar

Hongyan Sun is a PhD candidate at the Communication University of China and an emerging expert on puppet animation. She received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to spend a year at SFU studying under professor Laura U. Marks.

Daisy Thompson

PhD (Special Arrangement)

Areas: Dance, Choreography.

Daisy Thompson trained in dance at The Laban Centre, London, and has recently completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at SFU. In 2009, Daisy was chosen for the Dance Beyond Borders young choreographers program in Hamburg. In 2010, she was selected by The Southbank Centre, London for the DanceWEB scholarship to participate in the ImpulseTanz festival, Vienna. In 2011, Daisy performed for Trisha Brown in Walking on the Walls, Planes and Floors of the Forest, at the Barbican Centre, London. She has danced for Henry Montes, Eva Kargzac and Lizzi Kew-ross amongst others, and performed for visual artist’s Angela Bruguera and Pablo Bronstein. Daisy is currently engaged in dance makings and has created four works during her time in Vancouver to date.