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SOCSC Seminar: Q&A with Professor Keith Richburg


On 12 June, Professor Keith Richburg, the award-winning journalist, retiring Director of HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and the recent Past-President of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club, spoke with Professor William Hayward, Dean of Social Sciences, in front of an audience at the Lingnan campus about his career in the practice and education of journalism.


Professor Richburg spent over 30 years with The Washington Post, including 20 years overseas as Bureau Chief in Southeast Asia, Africa, Hong Kong, Europe and China, and he was the paper's Foreign Editor. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Washington Post and a Post-Global Opinions contributing columnist. Before he leaves HK and serves as a Visiting Professor in Journalism at Princeton University in the U.S., he recalled many memorable moments as a journalist, outlined how the profession has changed over his career, and shared his views on the education and training of a new generation of journalists.


The full video is now available on the Faculty's YouTube Channel:



The Faculty of Social Sciences, together with the Departments of Economics, Government and International Affairs, Psychology, and Sociology & Social Policy, had the Social Sciences Faculty Retreat on 2 June 2023 at the Fullerton Ocean Peak Hotel, Hong Kong. Fifty-five faculty members, including the President-designate, Professor S. Joe QIN, participated in the Retreat, where colleagues exchanged views on issues relating to the development of the Faculty, Programmes, teaching and learning, and research areas.



Hong Kong Sociological Association 23rd Annual Conference
Theme: Health and Wellbeing in (Post-) Pandemic Times, 3 December 2022



International Conference
Decolonizing Sociology and Beyond: Rethinking the Critical Lexicon, 9–10 February 2023


The conference brought together distinguished scholars in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and South Africa to revisit the history of sociology and propose some alternative ways of doing sociological research and teaching, particularly in non-Western settings. The conference provided a great opportunity for staff, especially students, to learn from and interact with multiple big scholars; it was a rather rare opportunity. The high-quality discussions and presentations were thought-provoking.



Departmental Seminar Series

The Department has invited external scholars to share their research ideas and exchange knowledge and experiences with academic staff members and students in the ten departmental seminars.  


Professor SIU Oi Ling’s talk at the Hong Kong Central Library 

Professor SIU Oi Ling delivered a talk titled “Economic, Psychological, and Social Costs of Occupational Stress in the Big Bay Area: Growth Mindset and Psychological Capital as Stress Moderators” at the Hong Kong Central Library organized by the Research Grants Council on 17 December 2022.