In this roundtable conversation, panelists from a variety of interdisciplinary and geographical contexts will discuss how we study Hong Kong and the Hong Kong diaspora moving forward in the post-national security law era. How can Hong Kong Studies as an interdisciplinary field of area studies be reimagined beyond territorial boundaries? How do we develop new concepts, theorization and methods of studying the history, politics, culture and identity of Hong Kong and its diasporic communities as a conduit to considering the intertwined histories and geographies of transnational social struggles and identity formation amidst the global hegemonies of power?
Heidi Wang-Kaeding, Lecturer, International Relations, Keele University
Professor Wang-Kaeding’s research focuses on global environmental governance, economic statecraft in East Asia, and the role of emotions in international politics. She is interested in how the rise of China is reshaping regional power dynamics in East Asia and how China’s emergence as a superpower creates normative effects on multilateral governance. She is the author of China’s Environmental Foreign Relations (2021). Her recent article (co-authored with Malte Kaeding) “Red Capital in Hong Kong” (2019) won the 2020 Literati Award. She is Co-Founder of the Hong Kong Studies Association (HKSA) based in the UK. The HKSA primarily provides a network for scholars in European universities and research institutions but aims to connect with students and academics from across the world.
Francis L. F. Lee, Director and Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Lee works mainly in the areas of journalism studies, political communication, public opinion research, and media and social movements. He is the lead or sole author of Memories of Tiananmen: Politics and Processes of Collective Remembering in Hong Kong, 1989–2019 (2021), Media and Protest Logics in the Digital Era: The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong (2018), Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press and Public Opinion in Hong Kong (2014), and Media, Social Mobilization, and Mass Protests in Post-colonial Hong Kong (2011). He is Co-Chair of the Society for Hong Kong Studies (SHKS), an independent professional association based in Hong Kong. The SHKS serves as a global multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional platform to encourage the development of new theories, concepts and methods of studying Hong Kong, its relations to China, Asia and beyond.
Jack Leong, Associate Dean, Research & Open Scholarship, York University Libraries
Dr Leong was the founding director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada–Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto in 2007–19. In that role, he provided leadership in building the largest research collection on Hong Kong and Chinese Canadian studies in North America. He has extensive experience stewarding major research collections and leading collaborative digital initiatives that heightened the visibility and impact of these research collections through open access platforms, including the Hong Kong Handover Collection Digitization Project (2008–10), Hong Kong Basic Law Portal (2013), the Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project (2014–19), and the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement Archive (2014).
Leo K. Shin, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Trained as a historian of China, Professor Shin is interested in the historicity of the ideas of “China” and “Chineseness” and how the boundaries of China have been drawn. His book, The Making of the Chinese State: Ethnicity and Expansion on the Ming Borderlands (2006), traces the roots of China’s modern ethnic configurations to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). He has also maintained a strong interest in the recent past, especially as it relates to the formation and transformation of modern-day Chinese and—by extension—Hong Kong identities. He is the Convenor of the Hong Kong Studies Initiative (HKSI) at the University of British Columbia. The HKSI is devoted to facilitating the creation and transmission of knowledge about the past and present of Hong Kong, both by fostering academic research and dialogue as well as by building bridges between academia and the community.
Moderator: Wendy S. Wong, Professor, Design, York University
This is the second panel in the Hong Kong Beyond Hong Kong Symposium, which inquires how Hong Kong as a “distinct society” culturally, politically and economically could sustain moving forward within geographical Hong Kong and beyond. Invited panel speakers will explore new forms of contentious politics in alternative spaces, new visions and discourses in Hong Kong Studies, and the implication of the Hong Kong experience for Canada and the wider world. The symposium is presented alongside the Fourth Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies at York University.
Please register by 13 June 2021.
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