Min Xu is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since September 2015, she has been conducting empirical studies on the ritualised practices in the Chinese film industry (supervised by Prof. Stijn Reijnders).
Min was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She graduated from University of York, UK with a Master’s Degree in Cinema, Television and Society in 2010. After graduation and before moving to the Netherlands, she spent nearly five years working in the media and a university.
Her research project probes into the motives, experiences and event organisation associated with the phenomenon of ‘getting closer to the media world’ in Mainland China. By adopting semi-structured in-depth interviews, participant observations, and expert interviews, this project involves film festival-goers, general audiences, film industry professionals, and extras at film studios. Through case studies, including media encounters from both the audiences’ and the production perspective, and extras’ participation in film / TV productions, she aims to investigate the underlying social and cultural values behind the so-called magic of the media in contemporary Chinese society.