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Fran Martin

Arc Future Fellow
Culture And Communication
social sciences
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Fran Martin

Primary Interest
Gender and mobility in Asia
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Fran Martin


Research interests:
Gender and sexuality; globalization; contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese fiction, film and popular cultures; transnational cultural flows in Asia; popular television in Asia; transnational student experience


Fran's best known research focuses on television, film, literature and other forms of cultural production in contemporary transnational China (The People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), with a specialization in transnational flows and representations and cultures of gender and sexuality. She is currently working on a 5-year ARC Future Fellowship project that uses longitudinal ethnography to research the social and subjective experiences of young women from China studying and living in Australia (

Fran received both her BA (hons) and her PhD from Melbourne University.

Fran is fluent in Mandarin, having begun learning the language in primary school in Australia. She later spent two years studying Chinese language and literature at Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute and East China Normal University (1989 - 1991). She then spent a further two years researching in Taiwan, including at National Taiwan Central University's Center for the Study of Sexualities. Prior to joining Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, Fran lectured in the Cinema Studies program at La Trobe University (2000-2003).

Fran's book publications include:
Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Selfhood in Asia (co-authored with T. Lewis and W. Sun, Duke UP, 2016);
Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary (Duke UP, 2010);
Situating Sexualities: Queer Representation in Taiwanese Fiction, Film and Public Culture (Hong Kong UP, 2003);
Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan (Hawaii UP, 2003);
Lifestyle Media in Asia: Consumption, Aspiration and Identity (co-edited with T. Lewis, Routledge, 2016);
AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities (co-edited with P. Jackson, M. McLelland and A. Yue, Illinois UP, 2008);
Embodied Modernities: Corporeality, Representation and Chinese Cultures (co-edited with A.L. Heinrich, Hawaii UP, 2006);
Interpreting Everyday Culture (ed., Arnold, 2003);
Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (co-edited with C Berry and A Yue, Duke UP, 2003).


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Arc Future Fellow

Culture And Communication


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachlor of Arts with Honours

University of Melbourne