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Event Series – Otherness and Belonging in Hong Kong

We are delighted to announce a 4 part series of events titled Otherness and Belonging in Hong Kong. The series includes the screening of two award winning short films followed by a dialogue with the director, a seminar on refugees and asylum seekers in a Hong Kong walled village and a discussion on Dear Hong Kong, a recently released 200-page photo book celebrating Hong Kong’s diversity. All events will be online. Stay tuned for further details on each event!

[Film screening] Djembe in the 13 streets

Followed by dialogue with Director Brian Hung

Moderator: Indie Chung

Date: 19 Nov 2021 (Fri)

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Zoom link: https://eduhk.zoom.us/j/96723024636 (Meeting ID: 967 2302 4636)

 

[Film screening] Walled Village

Film screening followed by dialogue with Director Brian Hung

Moderator: Indie Chung

Date: 26 Nov 2021 (Fri)

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Zoom link: https://eduhk.zoom.us/j/93743891324  (Meeting ID: 937 4389 1324)

 

[Seminar] Villagers and Asylum-Seekers/Refugees in a Postcolonial Walled Village: A Relational Perspective

Speaker: Isabella Ng, EdUHK

Date: 3 Dec 2021 (Fri)

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Zoom link: https://eduhk.zoom.us/j/97229523801 (Meeting ID: 972 2952 3801)

 

[Seminar] Dear Hong Kong: Celebrating Diversity in Asia’s World City

Speakers: Oskar Valles, Aggie Lam and guests

Date: 10 Dec 2021 (Fri)

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Zoom link: https://eduhk.zoom.us/j/99541260267 (Meeting ID: 995 4126 0267)

 

Webinar – Gamification of Economy: The Aesthetic Labour and Emotional Labour in Making Taobao a Theme Park Spectacle

Date: 25 October 2021 (Monday)

Time: 15:30 – 17:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Ling Tang

Language: English

 

Gamification of Economy: The Aesthetic Labour and Emotional Labour in Making Taobao a Theme Park Spectacle

 

Abstract:

In contrast to the “rational” Amazon which demonstrates an intensification of McDonaldization of the economy in the digital economic realm (Ritzer, 2018), this talk discloses how Taobao crafts itself into an emotion-fuelled theme-park for online shopping. Taobao wishes to establish itself as a platform full of adventurous products and unexpected encounters. Based on my one-year ethnography with businesswomen in the Internet age, many of whom Taobao shop owners, I show how they need to do an extensive amount of aesthetic labour and emotional labour in order to make the shopping experience more fun and entertaining for customers. This echoes Byung-Chul Han (2017)’s notion of the gamification of the economy where production and consumption are made into games of instant rewards and punishment.

Speaker:

Ling is an artist academic who considers sociology as art and vice versa. Her research interests includes Internet studies, Gender studies, Chinese studies and innovative methods. Her academic writings are published in journals including Journal of Sociology and British Journal of Chinese Studies. Besides, she also produces music, fine art pieces and public academic cultural products.

 

Zoom Link: https://eduhk.zoom.us/j/98246400615?pwd=T3dIaVdtZkFZUDFZNlJnTjIwSERvUT09

Zoom Meeting ID: 982 4640 0615

Passcode: 462291

Thanatic Ethics Winter Webinar Series – Talk 2

‘Words Sculpted Out of Grief: Unritual in Édouard Glissant, M. Nourbese Philip, and Jason deCaires Taylor

Date: 12 February, 2021 (Friday)

Speaker: Valérie Loichot (Emory University)