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Ellen Y. Chang (she/her/hers)

Graduate Student
Frontal shot of Ellen Chang in light blue shirt with white dinosaur print

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Doctoral Candidate, Cinema & Media, University of Washington
M.A. in Cinema Studies, New York University
M.A. in Film Studies, Ohio University
B.A. in English, National Central University, Taiwan

Ellen Chang is a doctoral candidate in Cinema & Media Studies at the UW, and is writing a dissertation, entitled "Unseen Sounds, Unheard Images: Daomin, Aesthetic Decolonization, and Contemporary Moving Images in Taiwan," on the transactional encounter between contemporary Taiwanese video art/installation, cinema, and popular culture as processes of aesthetic decolonization. Her recent work on sound and audio walks sees this relationship as borne out of Taiwan’s complex historical relationship with China. As a simultaneous film scholar and art curator/practitioner, she is moving towards more engaged, sensitive, and practical understandings of how multimedia art reflects the (re-)occurring themes of everyday politics across international geographies. Her project, “Untitled Vignettes: Multisensory Encounter, Audiovisual Symphony, and the Contemporary Multimedia Art of Taiwan,” received the 2019 Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship from the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities. She is currently the committee member of the UW Taiwan Studies’ 2020 workshop, Land/scaping Taiwan (Non-)Humans, Environment, and Moments of Encounter, and the managing editor for Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal.

She will be joining the Department of Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) as a CLIP Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will be teaching, in collaboration with Carlos Salazar from the School of Drama, their course series, "Performing City: Transdisciplinary Experiences and Embodied Modes of Research."