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The third International Conference on Popular Culture and Education

The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities would like to thank all speakers, colleagues and audiences for their contribution to the success of the event. Photos and Video footages will be posted online soon. Stay tuned.


The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities and the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong is pleased to organize The Third International Conference on Popular Culture and Education, which took place in Hong Kong, July 20th-22nd, 2017.

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Post-Crash Irish Literature and Culture: Its Emergence and Influence

Date: 27-28 May 2016

Venue: The Hong Kong Institute of Education/The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Anne Mulhall, University College Dublin

Dr. Eugene O’Brien, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Guest Poet: Trevor Joyce


In a 2003 Irish Times article, written at the height of the Irish economic boom and concerning the new trend for international publishers to set up shop in Ireland, editor Alison Walsh remarked upon a wider sense of expectation in the publishing world: “There is no great literary movement happening. […] There’s a feeling in the industry that we are waiting to see what happens next.” Few would have anticipated then that such a movement would come from the wreckage of that economic boom. Following a period of prosperity, in 2008 Ireland entered recession, the first country in the Eurozone to do so. Popular unrest and anger followed. In the years since, Irish culture has been coming to terms with that economic downturn. Within literary and artistic domains, the crash has given rise to a range of new voices, and has served to re-shape old ones. Continuities with older periods of Irish cultural resurgence and emergence are central to this new flourishing. Perhaps the idea of “emergence” can itself capture this incipient wave in all its complexity. Emergence describes a process whereby qualitatively new configurations arise from more basic constituent parts. Irish cultural production of the last decade offers one intriguing case study for such a phenomenon, drawing its significance from a shared experience of boom and bust which has prompted multiple forms of aesthetic departure in unforeseen directions. We believe that such developments call for examination. How has new Irish writing been spurred on or bruised by recent historical events? If certain cultural products have not registered these changes, what allows them to remain cloistered? While Ireland is something of a poster girl for economic recovery, how have new forms of expression (both in English and Irish) dealt with the social and cultural anger and angst that accompanies this “recovery”? How have these new works figured a new Ireland, or presented an alternative to the public narrative? And if the idea of a “new Ireland” implies a misplaced unity, where can the cracks be found in this picture? After all, this literary and cultural movement, if we can use such a term, is transnational in nature; these writers and artists are part of an expanding diasporic community and their work resonates with communities experiencing similar transformations.

This conference seeks to explore the parameters of post-crash Irish literature and culture—temporally, geographically and stylistically—from its origins to its influences. We are particularly interested in papers which address the question of emergence, and which take a transnational or comparative approach to the Irish situation.

Conference Organizers:
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Symposium on “East Asian Popular Culture: Looking Back, Looking Forward”

Date: 12 Jan 2016

Time: 09:45-18:45

Venue: A-G-08, The Hong Kong Institute of Education


Keynote Speaker: Prof. Katrien Jacobs, Associate Professor in Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


In his book East Asian Popular Culture, Chua Beng Huat (2008) suggests that popular cultural products have been crossing national and cultural boundaries in the region since as early as the 1980s. While this is true, there is little doubt that in more recent years, the popular culture scene in East Asia has grown exponentially. In response to its enormous popularity, East Asian Popular Culture has now become an established and prominent area of academic study, with The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture being launched earlier this year.

The one day symposium at the Hong Kong Institute of Education entitled “East Asian Popular Culture: Looking Back, Looking Forward” seeks to examine this field in all its diversity and complexity. The Symposium aims to raise questions and provocations about the direction and scope of the field of study, the formation of an East Asian or pan-East Asian identity, the transnational production and consumption circuits of East Asian Popular Culture and the articulations of the regional, social and political spheres through the discursive modes of representation in East Asian Popular Culture. Paper topics include the study of media such as cinema, TV drama, popular music as well as the analysis of such phenomena as the Korean Wave, fandom culture, youth culture, techno-culture, popular politics etc.


The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities would like to thank all guest speakers, colleagues and audiences for their contribution to the success of the event.


Programme         Speakers          Organising Committee




Keynote session

Prof. Katrien Jacobs “Chinese Women’s Pornography and its Afterglow”



Panel 1 “Queer Culture and Sexuality”

Ms. Erika Wang “Anthropological Studies of Chinese Boy’s Love Culture and Funü Community”

Ms. Carman Fung “Producing a ‘Queer’ Subject in Asian Lesbian Media: Beyond an Essentialist / Performative Dichotomy”



Panel 2 “History and Resistance

Ms. Elaine Chan “Spectacularity in History Writing: A Case Study of Disability in the Arts of Popular Culture”

Mr. Kwok-Wai Lai “Everyday Resistance and its Discourses against Property Hegemony”

Dr. Jeffrey Clapp, Barry Crosbie and David Kang “Hong Kong’s Popular Political Culture: Contextualizing the Umbrella Movement”



Panel 3 “Fan Culture and New Media”

(Thanks to Ms. Helena Wu for kindly rescheduling her presentation to Panel 3 as the original presenter Dr. Xiaoli Tian was unable to attend due to medical reasons.)

Ms. Helena Wu “From Kwan Yee Gor to Ip Man: Heroic Icons as Objects of (Re-)Enchantment in Hong Kong Popular Culture”

Dr. Egret Zhou “Local Consumption in an Age of Transcultural Traffic: The Menu (2015), Hong Kong TV Dramas and the Positionalities of Hong Kong Popular Culture”

Dr. Diane Hui “Mediating Literacy Practices through Social Networking Discourse”



Panel 4 “Transnational Popular Music and Cinema”

Prof. Wai-Chung Ho “Popular Songs for Social Change in Shanghai: Looking Back and Looking Forward”

Dr. David Kang “Korean Popular Music and Female Fandom in Hong Kong”

Mr. Danny Chan “Crave for Hauntings: Horror as Popular Cultural Empowerment”

Ms. Serina Ha “Looking through the Japanese Movies in Hong Kong in the 1980s”



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