Dr Tay is a teacher, scholar, and curator.

She is Senior Lecturer in Film at Middlesex University. While on sabbatical in 2010, Dr Tay was Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

She is co-curator of the digital art exhibitions at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in Ithaca, New York (www.ithaca.edu/fleff).

 

Current Research Plans

Invited contribution of an essay on surveillance and digital culture to a major anthology in documentary studies, tobe published by Blackwell in 2012.

(With Professor Yvonne Tasker, University of East Anglia) Cataloguing of Jill Craigie's papers in the Women's Library in East London as the platform for a book project to situate her as a feminist documentarist in the British film industry of the 1940s and 1950s, within British socialist legacy, and as a chronicler of the suffragette movement.

 

List of Publications

Single author monograph

Women on the Edge: Twelve Political Film Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

 

Refereed and anthologised essays

“Abbas Kiarostami,” Fifty Contemporary Film Directors, 2nd ed. Yvonne Tasker, ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

“Undisclosed Recipients: Documentary in an Era of Digital Convergence.” Studies in Documentary Film 2.1 (2008): 79-88.

“Conceiving Ada: Conceiving Feminist Possibilities in the New Mediascape.” Women: A Cultural Review 18.2 (Summer 2007): 182-98.

“Gendering the Auteur: Time, Narrative, and Intertextuality in Scenes from a Marriage and Faithless.” Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema. Ed. C. Claire Thomson. Norwich: Norvik Press, 2006. 217-29.

“Sustaining the Cinematic Bitch from Hell: the Politics of Dolores Claiborne within a Feminist Genealogy.” Femme Fatalities: Representations of Strong Women in the Media. Eds. Rikke Schubart and Anne Gjelsvik. Göteborg, Sweden: Nordicom, 2004. 219-30.

“Constructing a Feminist Cinematic Genealogy: The Gothic Woman’s Film Beyond Psychoanalysis.” Women: A Cultural Review 14.3 (Winter 2003/4): 263-80.

"Abbas Kiarostami: New Waves, Authorship, and the Politics of the Festival Circuit," Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers. Ed. Yvonne Tasker. London and New York: Routledge, 2002. 203-10.

“Sally Potter,” Contemporary British and Irish Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide. Eds. Yoram Allon, Del Cullen, and Hannah Patterson. London and New York: Wallflower Press, 2001. 271-3.

 

General interest articles, catalogue essays, blogs, and journalism

"Docs Galore," review article on Sheffield Doc/Fest, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 40.2 (September-October 2012): 6-7.

“Digital Checkpoints,” catalogue essay for the online digital art exhibition of The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, (March- April 2011). Available at http://ithaca.edu/fleff/digitalcheckpoints/

“Trafficked Identities,” catalogue essay for the online digital art exhibition of The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, (March- April 2011). Available at http://ithaca.edu/fleff/traffickedidentities/

“Reflective Escapism, the 53rd London Film Festival,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 37.4 (January-February 2010): 5-6.

“Cinema on the Pulse: the 52nd London Film Festival,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 36.4 (January-February 2009): 4-5.

“Bodily Traces in Digital Encounters: Materializing Virtualities for the Political Documentary,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 36.4 (January-February 2009): 20-22.

“Map Open Space,” co-written with Dale Hudson, catalogue essay and blogs for the online digital art exhibition of The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, (March- April 2010).

“Sticky Content,” co-written with Dale Hudson, catalogue essay for the online digital art exhibition of The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, (March- April 2009).

“Ubuntu.kuqala,” co-written with Dale Hudson, catalogue essay for the online digital art exhibition of The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, (March- April 2008).

“Curating Undisclosed Recipients,” co-written with Dale Hudson, catalogue essay for the online digital art exhibition of The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, USA, (March-April 2007).

“Throbs and Pulsations: Les LeVeque and the Digitization of Desire,” co-authored with Patricia R. Zimmermann, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, 34.4 (January-February 2007): 12-16.

“Activating the Future: Political Documentaries and Media Activism,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 34.1&2 (July-October 2006): 46-7.

“Stunning Simplicity: Abbas Kiarostami, Visions of the Artist,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 33.2 (September-October 2005): 47-8.

“Contingencies: an Introduction to the Exhibition,” co-written with Patricia R. Zimmermann, catalogue essay for Emergency Filmmaking Project, The Substation, Singapore, (June 2003), 8.

“Essential Reading List in Feminist Media,” The Independent (USA) (March 2003): 54.

 

 

Book reviews

David Martin-Jones, Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity: Narrative Time in National Contexts, published in Screening the Past, no. 21 (July 2007). http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/21/deleuze-cinema-national-identity.html

Michele White, The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship, published in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, 34.5 (March-April 2007): 34.

Alexander Galloway, Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization, published in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, 33.6 (May-June 2006): 49.

E. Ann Kaplan and Ban Wang (eds.), Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations, published in Asian Journal of Communication 15.2 (July 2005): 233-5.

Mary Ann Doane, The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive, published in The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archives 3.2 (2003): 111-113.

Janet Bergstrom (ed.), Endless Night: Psychoanalysis and Cinema, Parallel Histories, published in Metro (Australia) 133 (2002): 308-310.

Robert Murphy (ed.), British Cinema of the 90s, published in Metro (Australia) 127/128 (Autumn/Winter 2001): 214-216. Sandra Kemp and Judith Squires (eds.), Feminisms, published in Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies. July 2001. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/film/journal/bookrev/feminisms.htm

 

Film Reviews

Review of A Chinese Odyssey, Sight and Sound (December 2004): 44.

Review of Hero, Sight and Sound (October 2004): 55.

Review of Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan and His Lost Family, Sight and Sound (December 2003): 57.

 

Translated Article

Tay, Sharon Lin et Patricia Zimmermann, “Les LeVeque et la numérisation du désir,” Des mouvants indices du monde: documentaire, traces, aléas. Ed., Jean-Luc Lioult. Aix-en-Provence: Université de Provence, 2008. 153-66.

 

 

Professional and Public Addresses

 

Conference Presentations

Geography, Politics and Location in Transnational Media Practices,” First International Conference on Emerging Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE, November 2011, forthcoming.

“Geopolitics and the Location of Cultural Memories,” in the “Open Space/New Media and Documentary Forms” panel, Documentary Now!, University of Westminster, UK, 29 January 2011.

“Psychogeography, Locative Media, and Performativity,” in the “Migratory Archives and Locative Media” plenary, Visible Evidence XV, University of Lincoln, UK, 5 August 2008

“Undisclosed Recipients: Online Digital Art and Global Political Imaginaries,” with Dale Hudson, Visible Evidence XIV, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany, 20 December 2007

“Digitising Desire in Documentary: Image, Contingency, Theory, and Copyright,” with Patricia R. Zimmermann, Visible Evidence XII, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 23 August 2005

“Conceiving Ada: The Weaving of a Feminist Imperative into the Cinematic New Mediascape,” Cinema and Technology International Conference, Lancaster University, UK, 7 April 2005

“Digitising Desire: Sustaining the Throb and Pulsation of Desire in Film Theory,” The Spectacle and the Spectacular Conference, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK, 24 April 2004

“How to Theorise the Cinematic Bitches from Hell: the Genealogy from Abjection to Resistance,” Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow University, Scotland, 6 July 2003

“Deleuze Meets Hitchcock; and the Horror Thereafter,” Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow University, Scotland, 30 June 2002

 

 

Keynotes, Invited Presentations, Panels, Public and Media Addresses

 

“Culture and Aesthetics in Transnational Contexts,” keynote speech for a conference on “The Language of Art and Music: A Three Piece Puzzle in the Relationship between Culture, International Relations and Globalization,” organised by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Portcullis House, Westminster, London, 26 August 2011.

“Geographical Dislocations, Personal Upheavals, and Feminist Politics in Guo Xiaolu and Deepa Mehta's Film Practices,” Conference on China and the West: Cosmopolitics, Memory and Visual Media in the 21st Century, University of Hong Kong, 11-12 June 2010.

“Beyond Trauma: Politicising the Expository Documentary,” Research Seminar at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 24 March 2010.

“Materialising Virtualities for the Political Documentary,” History of Art and Architecture Research Seminar, University of Reading, 5 November 2008 Panel member,

“The Worst of Times and the Best of Times: Academic Horror Stories and Strategies for Success,” Professional Development Workshop, Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, London, 3 April 2005

“Digitising Desire: Sustaining the Throb and Pulsation of Desire in Film Theory,” The Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts Research Seminar, Middlesex University, 15 March 2005

Discussion of Zhang Yimou and Chinese cinema, “The Film Programme,” BBC Radio 4, broadcast 25 September 2004

 

 

Curatorial Projects

Co-curator with Dale Hudson, “Trafficked Identities,” an exhibition of digital and new media works as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, in collaboration with the Global Alliance Against Trafficking of Women (GAATW), Bangkok, Thailand, 2011

Co-curator with Dale Hudson, “Digital Checkpoints,” an an exhibition of digital and new media works as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, 2011.

Co-curator with Patricia Zimmermann and Nikki Draper, “Open Space,” a multi-platformed exhibition and forum on Southeast Asian art and activism as part of the International Communications Association's conference in Singapore, 22-26 June 2010. (Available at: http://www.ica2010.sg/openspace/index.html)

Co-curator with Dale Hudson, “Map Open Space,” an exhibition of digital and new media works as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, March- April, 2010.

Co-curator with Dale Hudson, “Sticky-Content,” an exhibition of digital and new media works as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, 30 March-5 April, 2009.

Co-curator with Dale Hudson, “ubuntu.kuqala,” an exhibition of digital and new media works as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, 31 March- 6 April 2008

Co-curator with Dale Hudson, “Undisclosed Recipients,” an exhibition of digital and new media works as part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, New York, 26 March- 2 April 2007

Co-curator with Patricia R. Zimmermann, “Contingencies,” an exhibition of digital and new media works from upstate New York, part of Emergency Filmmaking Project, The Substation, Singapore, 12-14 June 2003

Languages spoken

Spoken languages: Excellent English and Cantonese; competent Mandarin

Film Theory, Digital Media Cultures, World Cinema, Documentary, Popular Cinema.

  • Digital culture and theory
  • Independent media and activism
  • Feminist film practices and theory
  • Deleuze
  • Documentary
  • World cinema
  • Film theory