Yuanyuan Chen is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at University College Cork under the supervision of Dr Laura Rascaroli; she is funded by a China-Ireland Scholarship. Her research topic is the influence of Western art, especially modernist art, on the Chinese School of animation. Her article, “The Rebel of the Chinese School: Modernist Expression in A Da’s Late Animations” is forthcoming in the journal Modernism/modernity, and her writing has also appeared in the Chinese-language publications, including Movie Literature, Movie Review and Beauty & Times. Her research interests include animation theory, animation history, Chinese animation, water-and-ink animation, Japanese animation, experimental animation, modernism and postmodernism in animation, non-fiction animation.
Laura Rascaroli is Senior Lecturer and Codirector of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. She is the author of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower, 2009) and, with Ewa Mazierska, of From Moscow to Madrid: European Cities, Postmodern Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003), The Cinema of Nanni Moretti: Dreams and Diaries (Wallflower, 2004) and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006). She has edited the volumes The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: Dispositions, Models, Transformations (Peter Lang, 2010), with Patrick O’Donovan; Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), with John David Rhodes; and Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), with Gwenda Young and Barry Monahan. She is currently General Editor of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.