Dr. Evelyn Wan is Assistant Professor in Media, Arts, and Society at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is the Programme Coordinator for MA Arts and Society, and teaches a range of courses on contemporary performance practice, cultural and critical theory, and research methodologies. During her postdoctoral research at TILT (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society), she worked on an ERC-funded project on data protection law and information-induced harms. She graduated cum laude from her PhD programme and was awarded a national dissertation prize by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation in the Netherlands in 2019. She is currently working on her book project, “How We Lost Sense of Time: A Prehistory of Algorithmic Governance”, through the lens of decolonial media studies and performance studies. Her research studies the biopolitics of both historical technological inventions and contemporary emerging technology. Her writings have appeared in International Journal of Communication, GPS: Global Performance Studies, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and Theatre Journal, amongst others.
Wan was the founder of the Future Advisory Board, an emerging scholar initiative within Performance Studies international (PSi), and served as a member from 2014-2019. Outside of her academic endeavours, she has worked on theatre projects with asylum seeker youths and has collaborated with various international artists in staging contemporary dance, physical theatre, and site-specific performances as both performer and dramaturg.
- PhD, cum laude (Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
- Research MA in Media and Performance Studies, cum laude (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
- MA in Gender Studies, cum laude (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands) (2011)
- BSocSci in Government and Laws, First Class Honours (The University of Hong Kong) (2010)