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Communications, Drama and Film

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Dr Yanling Yang

Lecturer in Languages & Communications


Dr. Yanling Yang received her PhD at the University of Leeds in 2017. Prior to joining the University of Exeter in 2021, she worked as a journalist, digital media project manager, researcher and lecturer both in the UK and China. 

Dr. Yanling Yang is the PI for the research project ‘Film co-production as soft power between the UK and China’ (2018-2021) funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  This research explores the role of film co-productions in promoting soft power, which means a nation’s ability to achieve goals through attraction. Some of the outputs from the project are: two journal articles with Translational Screens and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, a special issue on ‘Critical Trends in Transitional Cinema: inter-Asian projects and exchanges’, and a book with Routledge South and East Asian Cinemas Across Borders: Critical Trends in Transnational Cinema.

Her current project focuses on a monograph for Routledge ‘Making film with China’ as well as essays exploring further the policy and practice of transnational screens.

She is a member of International Association for Media and Communication Research and the International Communication Association. She also serves as a reviewer for several International conferences and peer-reviewed journals including Pacific Affairs and the International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning.

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Her research interests include film studies, media and creative industries, international communications. She is particularly interested in the transnational screens, soft power and film co-production. She has published in these areas and has been invited to participate in film festivals and symposia in Europe, the USA and China. 

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Yanling welcomes PhD research projects on a range of areas in film studies, transnational screens, digital media, soft power, and international communications.

Current supervising six PhD students

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