A/PROF Fran Martin

A/PROF Fran Martin


  • Gender and mobility in Asia
  • Gender and sexuality
  • International student experience
  • Sexuality and globalisation
  • Sinophone media
  • Transnational popular cultures in Asia



  • 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 (http://www.mobileselves.org). 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);


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Fran is working on a Future Fellowship project that focuses on the experience of women students from the People's Republic of China undertaking higher education in Australia, especially their negotiations of gendered selfhood and cultural identity (www.mobileselves.org ).
    Fran was first-named Chief Investigator on an ARC-funded comparative study of life advice television across different national contexts, ARC DP1094355, 'The role of lifestyle television in transforming culture, citizenship and selfhood: Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and India'. The project was funded for four years 2010 -2013; the other CIs were Tania Lewis (RMIT) and Wanning Sun (UTS).
    She was also the recipient of an earlier ARC grant (DP0342931): 'The Impact of Globalistion in Transforming Sexuality and Cultural Citizenship in Transnational Chinese Cultures,' which resulted in the production of her book, Backward Glances (Duke UP, 2010).
    Fran is Co-Convenor of the Asian Cultural Research Network (http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/culture-communication/research/groups/asian-cultural-research-network), and is a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures (http://public-cultures.unimelb.edu.au).   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Graduate supervisions
    Principal supervisions to completion, 2008 -

    • Keren Yi (MA) 2016: "Somewhere, between In and Out: Locating Jia and Internet in Balinghou and Jiulinghou Chinese Gay Subjectivities"
    • Tinonee Pym (MA) 2016: "Feeling All White: Contesting Homely Nationalisms
    in Australian Public Broadcast Television"
    • John Wei (PhD) 2016: "Queer Screen Cultures in Chinese Societies"
    • Grace Yee (PhD) 2016: "Beneath the long white cloud: settler Chinese women's storytelling in Aotearoa New Zealand"
    • Shu Min Yuen (PhD) 2016: "From denizens to citizens…? Negotiations of belonging by Female-to-Male transpeople in contemporary Japan"
    • Pratiwi Retnaningdyah (PhD) 2015: "‘We Have Voices, Too’: Literacy, Alternative Modernities, and Indonesian Domestic Workers in Hong Kong"
    • Leah Caluzzi (MA) 2015: "‘The L Life’: The L Word and Narrating Biographies"
    • Jasmine McGowan (PhD) 2014: "‘Put Your Marxism Where Your Mouth Is’: Queer Punk Negation and Sustained Radicalism in the Cinema of Bruce LaBruce"
    • Sophie Chandra (MA) 2014: "Racialisation in Singapore today: From the governance of migration policy to contemporary online media"
    • Adrian Yuen Beng Lee (PhD) 2012: "The Malaysian Digital Indies: New Forms, Aesthetics and Genres in Post-2000 Malaysian Cinema"
    • Jonathan Williams (PhD), 2012: "Trans Cinema, Trans Viewers"
    • Bobby Benedicto (PhD), 2010: "Bright Lights, Gay Globality: Mobility, Class, and Gay Life in Twenty-first Century Manila" *Winner of the President's Prize for best PhD thesis, Asian Studies Association of Australia, 2011.
    • Katsuhiko Suganuma (PhD), 2010: "'Sexuality' Politics in Japanese Society in