The Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures (CSGC), set up in 1999 under the joint directorship of Prof. Ackbar Abbas and Prof. Benjamin Lee, is an interdisciplinary center based in the Department of Comparative Literature. The focus of its work is on issues of culture and globalization with special reference to Asia, China and Hong Kong. Major research themes include: the cultures of capitalism; global flows of culture, media and technology; cities and globalization; new communities, publics, and identities; and postcolonialism and neo-liberalism. It is now under the directorship of Professor Gina Marchetti. Its activities are structured around a series of lectures, workshops and seminars with distinguished international scholars on short- or medium term visits working in collaboration with our own faculty members. In the 2017-18 and 2019-20 academic years, we have been honored to host Professor Dina Iordanova from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


call for papers: HKU Graduate Writing Workshop

Thinking China and Circulation: Beyond Borders / In Translation / Across Adaptation

Abstract submission: September 1, 2022
Paper submission: October 3, 2022

Dates of Workshop: October 20-22, 2022 (Thu-Sat)
Venue: Zoom

The Department of Comparative Literature and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong invite graduate students working on China and the Sinophone world of the twentieth century to submit paper abstracts on the theme of “CIRCULATION”. We encourage people to interpret the theme in the broadest possible terms. We particularly welcome proposals that discuss circulations in relation to China in/and the world (in any language or across multiple languages). We hope to bring together early-career scholars working across disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy, film and media studies, etc.

Please submit your abstract (up to 250 words) with a working title, and your CV to by September 1, 2022. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by September 5 and should submit the full paper by October 3. There are no fees to attend the workshop.


HKU Department of Comparative Literature Holds ‘Thank You’ Celebration for Professor Gina Marchetti

Colleagues, former students and friends from the Department of Comparative Literature got together online on July 4, 2022, to thank Professor Gina Marchetti for her important contributions to the Faculty, University, and Hong Kong film community. Gina is departing HKU to take up a new position as Chair of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute in New York, with effect from August 1, 2022.


view the recording

Blurring the color line – screening and Q&A with the director Crystal kwok

Crystal Kwok, Director, Producer & Writer, Blurring the Color Line

Introduction by:
Gina Marchetti, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU
Staci Ford, Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of History and SMLC, HKU

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Screening: 6:45 pm Hong Kong Time
Q&A: 8:15 pm Hong Kong Time
Click here for the Zoom recording