Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. Robert Hyland

Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD, University of Kent, Film Studies
  • MA, York University, Film Theory and Criticism  
  • BA (Hons), University of Western Ontario, English Literature and Film Studies

Dr. Robert Hyland’s research interests are in Asian Cinema.  He has been involved in the editorial boards for the journals Asian Cinema and the IAFOR Journal of Asian Cultural Studies, where he has acted as contributor, editor and has published on issues relating to Chinese and Japanese film.  He has recently hosted a conference on Post Beijing Olympics Chinese Cinema, and is editing a special edition on Chinese cinema, for the IAFOR journal on Asian Cinema.  He has taught in the UK at the BISC and at both Sussex University and the University of Kent.  He has also taught at the university level in Canada, Taiwan and Japan.  


Selected Publications

Hyland, Robert.  “Introduction.  Special Edition on Chinese Cinema”  IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies.    Vol. 2.  January 2016.

Hyland, Robert.  “A culture of borrowing: Iconography, ideology and idiom in Kari-gurashi no Arietti/The Secret World of Arrietty.”  Journal of East Asian Popular Culture.  Vol 1, Issue 2.   Spring 2015

Hyland, Robert.  “First Past the Post: 11th Asian Cinema Studies Society International Conference Roundup, Post-Asia Film, Media and Popular Culture, University of Macau, 14–16 July 2014”  Asian Cinema.  Vol. 25, issue 2.  April 2015

Hyland, Robert.  “Global Politics and a Cinema of Localism: Contemporary Taiwanese Film.”  IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies.  Vol. 1, Issue 1.  October 2014

Hyland, Robert.  “Going Na’Vi:  Mastery in Avatar.” Cineaction! No. 82, Science Fiction Edition. December 2010.   10-16.

Hyland, Robert.  “A Politics of Excess:  Violence and Violation in Miike Takashi’s Audition.Horror to the Extreme.  Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema.  Edited by Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano.  Hong Kong:  Hong Kong University Press, 2009. 



POCCS (Post Olympics Chinese Cinema Symposium).  December 10-11, 2013.  Bader International Study Centre, Queens University Canada.



IAFOR Journal of Asian Cultural Studies.  Intellect.

Asian Cinema.  Intellect. 



“Duty to the Nation:  Masculinity and Obligation in Contemporary South Korean Cinema”  Korean Screen Culture Conference.  King’s College London, London, June 2 – 4, 2016.

“How programmes can anticipate and manage the likelihood of behavioural problems” Association of American Study Abroad Programs Conference.  Arcadia University, London.  March 6, 2015.

“(Un) compromising Chineseness.  Beijing and the Global Film Market.”  Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference, University of Macau, Macau.  July 14 – 17, 2014.

“Polyphonic Discourse:  Linguistic Difference and Taiwanese National Identity.”  Post Olympics Chinese Cinema Symposium, Bader International Study Centre, Queens University (Canada).  December 10-11, 2013

“Honka-Doori and Poetic Borrowing in the films of Hayao Miyazaki.”  Cultural Translation and East Asia Conference, University of Wales, Bangor, September 6-9, 2012.

“Liminality in the Borrower Arriety”  East Winds Asian Film Symposium.  Coventry University, Coventry.  March 2-4, 2012.

“A Tangled Heap of Broken Images:  Making Sense of Evangelion”  Popular Culture Association of Canada.  Brock University, Niagara Falls, Ontario, May 14-16, 2011.


Peer Reviewing and Editing

Guest Editor for IAFOR journal of Asian Studies Vol 1 Issue 02, special edition on Chinese Cinema. (Forthcoming Winter 2015)

Member of Editorial Board and Peer Reviewer for IAFOR Journal

Member of Editorial Board and Peer Review for journal Asian Cinema, Intellect.