I’d like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where I live and work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

I’m a cultural geographer and documentary film-maker from Melbourne, Australia.

My research is concerned with economic transitions and changing working-class life in a globalised era, with an empirical focus on Australia and China. My conceptual interests are in affect, mobility and (post)phenomenology, particularly around themes of embodiment, subjectivity and feeling in contemporary working life. Running through my research is an expanded concept of ‘translation’, one that connects to issues of intersubjectivity, cross-cultural connection and the first person singular. Accordingly, I also make documentary films, working with experimental and non-representational styles of presentation.

I recently completed my PhD in the School of Geography, The University of Melbourne. My PhD research studies workers affected by coalmine closures in regional Australia and China, exploring experiences of loss and embodied transitions after workplace closure. I held a Australian Government RTP Scholarship and the Elizabeth and Vernon Puzey Scholarship from The University of Melbourne, and originally began my PhD in 2017 at the wonderful School of Sociology, Australian National University.

In 2015, I was an Honours student in the School of Geography, The University of Melbourne. My Honours research considered the movement of migrant workers in rural China through the lenses of mobility and social reproduction. My undergraduate studies, also at The University of Melbourne, were in Environmental Geography and German; as part of these degrees, I spent a year at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

I help to run the Geography Artist in Residence Program at The University of Melbourne and co-edit the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation’s Artist, Farmer, Scientist project publication (with Laura Fisher and Lucas Ihlein).

If you’d like to get in touch, please do drop me a line at vzhang@student.unimelb.edu.au.


Image: Screenshot from a video recorded onsite at Bruce and Serana Hunt-Hughes’ property in Violet Town, Victoria, for a weaving grass planting day with 2018–2019 School of Geography Artist in Residence Museum Incognita.