Profile

Dr Talmacs joined the newly formed Department of International Relations in September 2018, after serving as Lecturer in the School of Film and Television Arts (2016-2018) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

She is an interdisciplinary researcher who draws from the fields of Media and Communications; Social Theory; Political Science; International Studies; and Cultural Studies.

Dr Talmacs' has published a research monograph entitled "China's Cinema of Class: Audiences and Narratives" with Routledge in 2017.

Dr Talmacs is currently working on her second research monograph that investigates responses to China's rise and Chinese socio-political values, as interpreted through Chinese commercial cinema in areas of strategic interest to China. This project has included fieldwork consisting of film screenings and discussion groups with audiences in Ethiopia, Zambia, Kazakhstan, India, the UK, USA, and Australia, during 2017 and 2019.

Additional to her teaching and research activities, Dr Talmacs has worked in professional capacities in the higher education sector, including ECR research development programmes, research administration and management, and international student recruitment marketing.

Other research areas of interest include:
- Gender politics and ideological thought in Digital China
- The militarization of Chinese entertainment and media
- Chinese nationalism/patriotism and media production
- Processes of international social negotiation and adaptation in light of China's rise
Nicole Talmacs
  • Qualifications

    • PhD, Department of China Studies, The University of Sydney (Australia), 2015
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, University of Liverpool (UK) (Present)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Hons), University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), 2008
    • Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Communications (Social Inquiry), University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), 2006
    • Chinese Language and Culture III and IV, Beijing Normal University, PRC, 2010-2011
    • Chinese Language and Culture I and II, Zhejiang University, PRC, 2009-2010
  • Experience

    • RMIT University (Australia), Research Development Officer/Research Fellow, 2014-2016
    • Sessional academic: 2011 - 2015: Chinese Politics (The Univeristy of Sydney), Asian Popular Culture (RMIT University)
    • China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney (Australia), Research Officer, 2011-2013
    • Publications and Promotions Officer, UTS:International, University of Technology, Sydney, 2007-2009
  • Research interests

    • China Specific: Chinese Sociology of the Media, Chinese Cultural Sociology, China in an International Studies context
    • General: Social Change; Media and Communications; Intercultural Studies; International Cultural Diplomacy
  • Articles

    • N Talmacs. Africa and Africans in Wolf Warrior 2: Narratives of Trust, Patriotism and Rationalized Racism among Chinese University Students. Under Review
    • Peng, Y and N Talmacs, Gendered stereotyping of Western women politicians on the Chinese community question-answering site Zhihu. Under Review.
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Talmacs, N. China's Cinema of Class: Audiences and Narratives (Routledge, 2017)
  • Conference presentations

    • Jiangnan Conference, Nottingham Ningbo University (Ningbo, China), May 2019
    • China-Africa, Africa-China Conference, (Brussels, June 2018)
    • 5th International Conference of the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), (Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China, November 2017)
    • Revisiting Audiences, MFCO Early Career Graduates, University of Otago, New Zealand (June 2016)
    • Society of Cinema and Media Studies (Chicago 2013)
    • Class and Culture in Post-socialist China, UTS China Research Centre Workshop (December 2012)
  • Grants

    • XJTLU Reserach Development Fund, 2017-2020, "China's Soft Power Cinemas", 99, 800 RMB
  • Professional service activities

    • September 2016 - August 2017: School of Film and Television Arts, Department Learning and Teaching Committee, Chair
    • September 2017 - August 2018: School of Film and Television Arts, Department Global Engagement Officer
    • September 2018 - Present: Department of International Relations, Exams Officer
  • Teaching activities

    • PhD Supervision (Current), Shuting Liu: China’s Quest for Soft Power: Evaluating China’s governmental strategies for building discursive power
    • PhD Supervision (Current), Sijia Meng: Co-producing China as a transnational "project"
  • Courses taught

    • Final Year Project (Honors Disseration) Supervision
    • INR318 International Communication
    • INR103: World History: Twentieth Century to Today
    • COM404 (PG) China's Contemporary Media Environment
    • COM110 Communications in China
    • COM207 Chinese Cinema
    • COM201 Media Theory
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 8816 1366
  • Email

    Nicole.Talmacs@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address

    HS401
    Humanity & Social Science Building
    Department of International Relations
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123