ProfessorAdam Knee


Professor Adam Knee

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries
  • PhD (Cinema Studies), New York University, USA
  • MA (Cinema Studies), New York University, USA
  • BA Honours (English, Film & Video Studies), University of Michigan, USA

Professor Adam Knee is an authority in Southeast Asian cinema. A recipient of the prestigious Fulbright and International Institute for Asian Studies fellowships, Professor Knee has published extensively on Southeast Asian and American cinema and serves on numerous editorial boards.

Prior to joining LASALLE, Professor Knee held the post of Head of School of International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China from 2013–2017. He has held teaching posts at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore – where he also served as the Head of Division of Broadcast and Cinema Studies – and Ohio University, USA.

His teaching and research in recent years have focused upon contemporary Southeast Asian cinema, while he has also retained earlier interests in issues of race, gender, stardom and genre in American popular film. He is co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the Celebrity Studies (Taylor & Francis) and Plaridel journals, as well as the Amsterdam University Press Critical Asian Cinemas series.

  • Horror, in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies, ed. Krin Gabbard (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • The Analogue Strikes Back: Star Wars, Star Authenticity, and Cinematic Anachronism, in Celebrity Studies (published online 22 January 2019, issue number to be decided)
  • Cinema and the Archives in Southeast Asia, special journal issue (edited, with introduction), Plaridel 15, no.1 (2018)
  • Book review of Early Cinema in Asia, ed. Nick Deocampo, in Plaridel 15, no.1 (2018)
  • Three entries on Thai films, in Thai Cinema: The Complete Guide, ed. Mary J. Ainslie and Katarzyna Ancuta (IB Tauris) (2018)
  • Training the Body Politic: Networked Masculinity and the ‘War on Terror’ in Hollywood Film, in American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11, ed. Terence McSweeney (Edinburgh UP) (2017)
  • Vegetable Discourses in the 1950s US Science Fiction Film, in Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film, ed. Dawn Keetley and Angela Tenga (Palgrave) (2016)
  • Chiang Mai and the Cinematic Spaces of Thai Identity in Asian Cinema and the Use of Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Lilian Chee and Edna Lim (Routledge) (2015)
  • Gender, Genre, Argento, in The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film, ed. Barry Keith Grant (2nd edition, University of Texas Press, 2015; reprint of 1996 essay), pp. 241–258 (2015)
  • Reincarnating Mae Nak: The Contemporary Cinematic History of a Thai Icon, in Horror Studies 5, no. 2 (2014)


Conference papers

  • After Emmanuelle: Thailand in Contemporary European Film, 11th International Convention of Asia Scholar; Leiden, the Netherlands (15–19 July 2019)
  • Ghosts and Other Female Aggressors in the Modern Vietnamese Horror Film, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference; Seattle, USA (13–17 March 2019)
  • Thailand in US Faith-Based Films, Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference; Yogyakarta, Indonesia (23–26 July 2018)
  • Thailand in Cold War Popular Fiction: Between Anna and Emmanuelle, Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies Conference; Bangkok, Thailand (16–17 December 2017)
  • Around the World with Thailand: The Evolution of a Global Imaginary, 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars; Chiang Mai, Thailand (20–23 July 2017)
  • Still Hung Over?: Hollywood’s Decade in Thailand, 13th International Conference on Thai Studies; Chiang Mai, Thailand (15–18 July 2017)
  • The New Chinese Horror Film: Regulating the Borders of the Fantastic, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference; Chicago, USA (22–26 March 2017)
  • China in Thailand: Examination of a Recent Cinematic Phenomenon, Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) Conference, SOAS, University of London; London, UK (16–18 September 2016)
  • Long Ago, So Close: Hong Kong Cinema’s Continuing Encounters with Thailand, 9th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (19–22 July 2016)
  • The Analogue Strikes Back: Star Wars, Star Authenticity and Cinematic Anachronism, Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, co-author: David H. Fleming; Amsterdam, the Netherlands (28–30 June 2016)
  • China in Thailand: Examination of a Recent Cinematic Phenomenon, 3rd Annual Huallywood Film Research Center Conference, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University; China (14–15 May 2016)
  • Training the Body Politic: Media, the Body, and the ‘War on Terror’ in Unstoppable and Source Code, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference; Atlanta, USA (30 March–3 April 2016)


Editorial appointments

  • Editorial board member, book series Critical Asian Cinemas (Amsterdam University Press) (2018–present)
  • Co-editor, book series Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies, from inception in 2014 (with May Tan-Mullins) (2014–present)
  • Editorial board member, Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, from re-launch in 2013 (2013–present)
  • Outer editorial board member, Celebrity Studies (Routledge), from inception in 2010 (2010–present)
  • Research fellowship at International Institute for Asian Studies; Leiden, the Netherlands, (September 2016–June 2017)
  • Selected as participant in 2014 University of Nottingham Research Leaders Programme
  • Nanyang Technological University Certificate of Honour, for inspirational mentorship of 2009 University Scholar Faraliza Bte Fadzli Tan
  • Fulbright Award to serve as lecturer/researcher/consultant at Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University; Thailand (June–December 2005)
Research and Practice
  • Crazy Rich Controversy: Teaching Images of Asia in Popular Film, Asia Pacific Cinema Documentary Heritage Conference; Manila, Philippines (26–28 October 2018)
  • Panel speaker on Tati’s Films: The Influence of Tati on Cinema Today, National Museum of Singapore; Singapore (28 May 2017)
  • Keynote speech on The Legacy of William Greaves; seminar on Documentary Theory and Practice, Beijing Film Academy; China (16–17 June 2016)
  • The Future is Scarlett: Critical and Philosophical Considerations of a Posthuman Star Image; workshop at the Shanghai Theatre Academy on Imagining the Future: The Utopian, the Dystopian, and the Posthuman, co-author: David H. Fleming; Shanghai Theatre Academy; China (14 November 2014)
  • East by Southeast: Encounters with Thailand in Contemporary East Asian Cinema; Department of Media and Communications Research Seminar, City University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong (29 September 2014)
  • Chiang Mai and the Cinematic Environments of Thai Identity. Environmental Visions Symposium; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (24–26 January 2014)
  • Presentation on Wong Kar-wai and Chungking Express; Bophana Cineclub meeting at FilmCampKH 2013, Pannasastra University; Phnom Penh, Cambodia (23 March 2013)
Research Interests
  • Contemporary Southeast Asian cinema
  • Issues of race, gender, stardom and genre in American popular film