Asian Studies

Julian Ward

Julian Ward profile overview

Dr Julian Ward

Senior Lecturer in Chinese

  • Chinese Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Room 4.18
50 George Square

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Dr Julian Ward is a senior lecturer in Chinese. He has a long history here at the University of Edinburgh, having achieved a first-class MA here in Chinese in 1990 and a PhD in 1997. He was appointed as a lecturer in 1998 and achieved senior lecturer status in 2009. Aside from his work as a researcher, Dr Ward is noted for his teaching work. He regularly works with students in postgraduate film studies as well as his core specialism in Chinese literature and film. His skill as a tutor was recognised with a teaching award even as a postgraduate in 1994, and he has regularly been nominated for the EUSA Teaching Awards since their inception. He serves as Senior Tutor for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. He is the co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book and co-author of The Rough Guide to Mandarin Chinese as well as associate editor of the regular Journal of Chinese Cinema.


Currently teaching courses on both traditional literature, including Tang and Song poetry and Ming vernacular fiction, and modern poetry and literature.

Research Interests

Dr Ward researches mainly in the field of Chinese Cinema and has been involved in several knowledge exchange projects and media events through this work. He also works in classical Chinese literature, with a specialism in the travel and geographical writer Xu Xiake. He was invited to Bejing to give a paper on the 420th anniversary of Xu Xiake’s death in 2007.

Dr Ward co-edited The Chinese Cinema Book with Song Hwee Lim. This is a British Film Institute book published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2011.

Knowledge Exchange and Public Activities

Dr Ward was an active participant in the Cinema China festival in 2007, giving lectures on Xie Fei, one of the directors who attended the event, and Chinese Communist Films About the Sino-Japanese War.

He presented seasons of Chinese films for the Edinburgh Film Guild in 2010 and 2011, gave lectures to the general public at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University both in 2008, and the Scotland China Association in 2012, and was interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live in February 2013 about Sino-Japanese relations.


  • 'A Brief History of Humour (and Gloom) in Chinese Cinema', Scotland China Association, Edinburgh, 14 February 2012.
  • 'Memories of a More Innocent Age: The Nostalgic Style of Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree', University of Glasgow, 28 January 2012.
  • "Michelangelo Antonioni’s Chung-kuo (China) and its reception in China and Europe", University of Aberdeen, Chinese Studies Group, 13 December 2011.
  • "The History of the August First Film Studio: From Socialist Realism to Main Melodies". Studies in Chinese Cinema, University of Edinburgh, 2 July 2011. Also at BACS, Edinburgh 7-9 September 2011.


A full list of Julian's publications can be found on the Edinburgh Research Explorer:

Edinburgh Research Explorer