Joseph Lovell

Joseph Lovell

Specialization: Modern Chinese History, Media Studies & Sound Studies

Email:jml@ucsb.edu

Research Interests

My dissertation examines how amplified sound technologies, such as the radio and loudspeaker, were combined with sound-based political consciousness work – “speaking bitterness,” small group meetings, and struggle sessions – to create a potent sonic politicization of everyday life in the People’s Republic of China during the Mao era.

Advisors

  • Prof. Mayfair Yang (primary advisor)
  • Prof. Xiaowei Zheng
  • Prof. David Novak

Academic History

  • M.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
  • B.A., History, University of Manchester

Teaching Experience

  • Spring 2018 – East Asian Religious Traditions
  • Winter 2018 – East Asian Traditions: Pre-modern
  • Fall 2017 – Zen Buddhism
  • Spring 2016 – East Asian Traditions: Modern
  • Winter 2016 – East Asian Traditions: Pre-modern
  • Fall 2016 – Zen Buddhism
  • Spring 2016 – East Asian Traditions: Modern
  • Winter 2016 – Intro to Buddhism
  • Fall 2015 – Zen Buddhism

Publications

  • “The Party and the People: Shifting Sonic Politics in Tiananmen Square, post 1949.” (Book chapter, in Sounded Communities: Music, Media, and Technology in the Asia Pacific, expected publication December 2020)
  • “Decadent Echoes: Representations of Decay in Shen Congwen’s Sansan” Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies, 2014.

Awards

  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2020
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship, 2020
  • Department Research Grant, 2019
  • Department Summer Funding Grant, 2019
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, 2019
  • Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace, 2019
  • International Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship (IDRF), 2015