Seminars for 2012/13
19 October 2011: Queer Asian Studies (CISC Seminar Series)
Dr. Travis Kong from Hong Kong University
At 13:00 in 6.345.
Travis Kong is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (London and New York: Routledge, 2011). This book is a culmination of over 10 years of study on identities, intimacy and sexuality of Chinese gay men in three major locales Hong Kong, London and Guangdong. It looks at Chinese gay men as an example to examine the idea of sexual citizenship under the globalization of sexuality in three major areas: the quest for equal human rights under various forms of state – neo-liberal/ (post-) colonial/ (post-) socialist governance; the construction of consumer gay citizenry under the emergence of the global pink economy; and the “coming out” model and various experiments of “alternative” intimacies in the private sphere of love and family. In this informal first session of the Centre, Travis will discuss how his researches of male sexuality and identity on China/Hong Kong fit into a bigger picture of the globalization of sexuality and the emerging Queer Asian Studies.
Dr Travis S. K. Kong graduated in Sociology from the University of Essex, England. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches contemporary social theories, media and cultural studies as well as gender and sexuality studies. His research interests include Chinese homosexuality and masculinity, prostitution in Hong Kong and China and transnational Chinese sexuality. His articles have appeared in books, encyclopedias and journals and he is on the international advisory editorial board of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society. He is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge, 2011).
This event is open to the general public.
Further information can be found at: http://www0.hku.hk/sociodep/html/ppl_teach_travis.htm
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