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.

Gender/Diversity/Democracy Series 2019-20

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HKU MOOC: HONG KONG CINEMA THROUGH A GLOBAL LENS [4 FEB 2020]

The University of Hong Kong announces the successful re-launch of Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens, the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Hong Kong cinema to be produced anywhere in the world. This pioneering online experience…

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CONFERENCE | [POSTPONED,  DETAILS TBC] QIU MIAOJIN: TEXTUALITY, VISUALITY, AND DESIRE IN GLOBAL CIRCULATION

This conference engages with the literary work of Qiu Miaojin, a famous lesbian writer of Taiwan whose premature death in 1995 marks a watershed moment in queer and literary discourses both in and out of Taiwan. This conference takes the specific case of Qiu’s lifework to investigate how the mobility of queer desire enables a kind of cross-genre, transmedial, and transnational mode of textuality. Furthermore, it raises the question of why a queer Sinophone author like Qiu attracts such a global readership. In short, it suggests that the Qiu Miaojin cultural phenomenon provides a specific case for interdisciplinary engagement across literary studies, cinema studies, gender studies, and transnational theory.

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CALL FOR PAPERS | ASIAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS ON GLOBAL SCREENS: NETWORKS, CIRCUITS AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Women filmmakers are severely underrepresented in general film distribution (theatrical and auxiliary), film festivals and awards: a phenomenon that adversely affects the visibility of female filmmakers from Asia. However, there has been little concrete investigation into the mechanisms that underpin the status quo. Through engaging international specialists on women in film, this conference seeks to dissect the system, pinpoint the weak spots and identify a possible remedial course of action toward improving the situation of women filmmakers.

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