Odyssey 2023 officially launched on 26 May. In the following month we will also be organising different panels which reflect on the theme of “Global Sustainability”, with guests from both academia and the industry.

In this panel, Dr Maria Nolan from SOAS will share her research on urban China. The panel will focus on Odyssey 2023’s opening film, Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice, and will include an in-depth discussion on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people in China in terms of social relationships and mental health.

Moderated by Lou Cai

Dr Maria Nolan is an anthropologist with a regional focus on urban China. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Maria spent many years living and working in Beijing and other Mainland Chinese cities before pursuing doctoral research at SOAS University of London. This research explored the emergence of zhai, which loosely refers to a tendency towards staying at home, in Mainland China, a society rapidly transforming alongside innovations in digital media. Since completing her doctoral studies, Maria has conducted digital research exploring the social and psychological impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people in China as well as in Ireland. She is currently a Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS University of London.

Lou Cai is currently an MA student studying Creative and Media Enterprises at the University of Warwick, she works as a freelance writer in film and music. Lou is also serving as a PR assistant at Odyssey 2023.

Dr Hiu Man Chan is Founder & Director of UK-China Film Collab.

Date & Time: Tuesday June 20, 2023 | 02:00 PM London
Format: Zoom Online