Feixuan Xu is an anthropologist specialising in anthropology of art, multispecies ethnography and ecocriticism. She obtained a PhD in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong in 2022. Her ethnography-based doctoral thesis scrutinises how the Daoist concept â€˜ziranâ€™ was paradoxically implemented in artist Liang Shaojiâ€™s collaboration with silkworms assisted by farmers and biologists. Feixuanâ€™s current research centres on labour, sensory knowledge, situated ethics and non-alienated curation in multispecies art.
She received the Fulbright Research Scholar Award 2019/2020, being hosted by New York University for six months. Feixuan also holds an MA in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Durham University and a BA in English from Beijing Language and Culture University. From 2016 to 2017, she worked as an editor at Dolphin Books of China International Publishing Group. From 2016 to 2019, she worked part-time with the Education Department of Shanghai Museum for the public education programme â€˜Museums and Ancient American Civilizationâ€™.