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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

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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.

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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.

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Programme         Speakers          Organising Committee

 

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Keynote session

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

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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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Group Photos

 

 

 

 

 

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