1st Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 1: "Identity Matters: Notes from Fieldwork" [in English]

Chapter 2: "Shanghai Urban Cultural Studies " [in Putonghua]

Chapter 3: "Perspectives on Cultural Policy Study as a Critical Project: Some Implications of the Liberal Studies Educational Reform in Hong Kong Schools" [in English]

Chapter 4: "Cultural Stuides in China Today" [in Putonghua]

Chapter 5: " 'Je t' aime: Loving the Cinema" [in English]

Chapter 1: CINEMA IN A SMALL COUNTRY: A Comparative Analysis of New Zealand and Scotland [in English]

  • Prof. Duncan Petrie (Professor and Head, Department of Film, Television and Media Studies, University of Auckland)

Chapter 2: Nationalism and Perversion: the Diaoyutai Movement of 1996 in Hong Kong [in English]

  • Dr. Mirana May Szeto (Part-time Teacher, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)

Chapter 3: Rethinking Peace and Gender: Implications of Thousand Women for Nobel Peace Prize Project

[in English and Putonghua]

  • Prof. Dai Jinhua (Professor, Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, Peking University)
  • Dr. Chan Shun-hing (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)
  • Dr. Lau Kin-chi (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)

Chapter 4: Performing Contradictions, Performing Bad-Girlness in East Asia [in English]

1st Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 1

Tuesday 21 September, 2004; 4.30pm-6pm; AM201

Dr Jeannie Martin discussed:

Identity Matters: Notes from Fieldwork [in English]


Contemporary theories of ethnic identity argue that identity: has no essence, is constructed via a constitutive lack (or surplus), or via difference or the other; is at its centre constitutively unstable; is always-already collective, i.e. is a position, interpellation etc. This paper looks at such theories in light of fieldwork in a cosmopolitan Sydney suburban mainstreet. The paper asks questions of ethnic identity (i.e. slippages, bases of instability, subjective identifications, logics of essence) as ethnic identity is evoked in mundane inter-ethnic conversations in shared public spaces.


Dr. Jeannie Martin is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Research, the University of Western Sydney . She has written on ethnicity, migration, multiculturalism, immigrant women, racism and the media, popular education, and on daily life. Her current research is on daily life in mainstreets in a number of Sydney suburbs. She is currently visiting professor for the Master of Cultural Studies programme at Lingnan University .

1st Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 2

Tuesday, 26 October, 2004; 11:30am - 1:00pm; AM201

Dr Bao Yaming discussed:

Shanghai Urban Cultural Studies [in Putonghua]

Online Video

[Programme details in Chinese]


Shanghai is gradually becoming a global city. The great transformation of the urban space not only changes the outlook of the city, but also influences the daily life of the ordinary people. The rapid expansion of urban space in Shanghai is driven by the over-modernized concept and means, and the process of the expansion mingles with the rationally functional consideration and dreamlike imagination.

In my talk, I try to deal with the complicated factors of globalization and localization appearing in the contemporary Shanghai urban culture, and to relate the semi-colonial experience to the reconstruction process of the local knowledge. It is note-worthy that this reconstruction of the local knowledge is likely to succeed only in the context of consumerism. The demand of urban space from the professional management class is rarely questioned or refused, and the ?requirements??of international businessmen are probably rationalized or naturalized as the prerequisites of Shanghai ?s becoming a global city in the process of turning Shanghai into a globalized metropolitan.


Dr Bao Yaming is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Institute of Literature , Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is also the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Shanghai Culture Magazine. Now his research is focusing on Urban Cultural Theory and Shanghai Urban Cultural Studies.

The Right of a Flaneur (Beijing: Renmin University of China Press, 2004)
Aesthetics and Cultural Theory in the context of Postmodernity (Shanghai: Far East Publisher, 2003)
Between Language and Reality (Shanghai: Far East Publisher, 1998)
Shanghai Bars: Space, Consume and Imagination (Co-author, Nanjing: Jiangsu People?s Publishing House, 2001)
Edited Collections:
Modernity and Production of Space (Shanghai: Shanghai Education Publishing House, 2003)
Postmodernity and Politics of Geography (Shanghai: Shanghai Education Publishing House, 2001)
Postmetropolis and Cultural Studies (Shanghai: Shanghai Education Publishing House, forthcoming

1st Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 3

Tuesday, 9 November, 2004; 11:30am - 1:00pm; AM201

Prof. Stephen Chan Ching-kiu & Dr. Hui Po Keung discussed:

Perspectives on Cultural Policy Study as a Critical Project: Some Implications of the Liberal Studies Educational Reform in Hong Kong Schools [in English]

*Co-organized by Dept. of Cultural Studies, LU


During the first six months of 2004, the Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme at Lingnan University was commissioned by the Curriculum Development Institute of the HKSAR to offer a series of intensive training workshops for local school teachers on the subject of Integrated Humanities. The KFCRD project team took the opportunity to conduct a pilot study on the implementation of the new curriculum in a local school. Thus, the project has provided us with first-hand data and fresh, nuanced perspectives for understanding the complex process involved in local educational practices. Such perspectives bring about challenging questions for us as Cultural Studies scholars having to deal with contemporary issues in public cultural planning and education.

In this paper, we shall attempt to re-think the critical functions of Cultural Studies with reference to their productive links to the shaping of public life in the Hong Kong social context. On the basis of our on-going project, and in light of the Government’s latest attempt in instituting reform through “Liberal Studies” education at the schools, we hope to examine the strategic and tactical issues involved in our engagement with the cultural policy study as a Cultural Studies project. Reference will be drawn to the discussions of hegemony and governmentality in Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault, respectively.



Prof. Stephen Chan Ching-kiu , Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU; Director, Master of Cultural Studies, LU; Acting Coordinator, Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, LU

Dr. Hui Po-keung , Associate Professor, Dept. of Cultural Studies, LU; Associate Director, Master of Cultural Studies, LU



1st Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 4

Tuesday, 23 November, 2004; 11:30am - 1:00pm; AM201

Prof. Wang Xiaoming discussed:

Cultural Studies in China Today [in Putonghua]

Online Video (Campus access only)

Seminar information: [Chinese]


Prof. Wang Xiaoming will discuss the intellectual and social factors for the sweeping current of “Cultural Studies” in the Chinese mainland toward the end of the 1990’s. His will examine the formation of two major orientations in Chinese Cultural Studies, namely: (1) Cultural Studies as a “new wave” in scholarly development; (2) Cultural Studies as a contemporary form of social analysis and cultural practice. Finally, drawing on the case of Shanghai as an example, Prof. Wang will outline some specific issues in the development of Cultural Studies in China today, covering such themes as the new dominant ideology, the difference of the two “markets”, the dynamics of social reform, urban and rural cultures, and the question of institution.

Prof. Wang Xiaoming is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Center for Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies (CCCS) at Shanghai University. A world-renowned scholar of Lu Xun, he has been Professor of Chinese Literature at the East China Normal University in Shanghai since 1992. In 2001, he established the CCCS and, in 2004, set up the first postgraduate program in cultural studies on the Chinese mainland. Author of 13 books and editor of 9 collections in modern Chinese literary and cultural studies, Wang leads a team of researchers working on the emergence of what he calls a new dominant ideology through various forms of urban culture in contemporary Shanghai. He is on the Editorial Board of Traces and positions: east asian cultural critique, and a Research Associate of the Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme. He is presently visiting professor at the Master of Cultural Studies Programme of Lingnan University.

1st Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 5

Monday, 20 December, 2004; 4:30pm - 6:00pm; MBG11

Dr. Laurence Simmons discussed:

'Je t’aime': Loving the Cinema [in English]

Online Video


The first part of this paper is a presentation of, and a commentary on, a central segment of a seminar by Jacques Derrida which dealt with the relationship he preferred to refer to as the ‘je t’aime’ (‘I love you’). Derrida argued in his seminar that uttering ‘je t’aime’ is an exemplary case of bearing witness, that the locution ‘je t’aime’ is always explicitly, and possibly implicitly, accompanied by something like “I swear to you that what I say is true”. In the second half of my paper, using the film Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1943) as an example, I explore the implications of Derrida’s exploration of the situations in which I say ‘I love you’ to another person through the question of what it means ‘to love the cinema’.


Dr. Laurence Simmons is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. He has written widely on New Zealand film, has published a book on contemporary New Zealand painting and photography, The image always has the last word (2002), and has co-edited Derrida Downunder (2001), Baudrillard West of the Dateline (2003) and From Z to A: Zizek at the Antipodes (forthcoming 2004).

2nd Semester, 2004-05

Chapter 1

Prof. Duncan Petrie discussed:

CINEMA IN A SMALL COUNTRY: A Comparative Analysis of New Zealand and Scotland

Chair: Prof. Mette Hjort
(Professor, Dept of Languages and Intercultural Studies, U of Aalborg, Denmark; Visiting Research Associate, KFCRD)

22 FEB 2005, 16:30-18:00; AM201, 2/F, Amenities Building, LU; in English

The production and consumption of moving images are intrinsic to a global system of exchange in an international market dominated by American corporate interests and mainstream Hollywood product. At the same time, moving images remain intrinsic to questions of national identity and national projection. The problems of nurturing and sustaining a national cinema - particularly in small countries with a limited domestic audience and meagre resources for funding local production - are therefore considerable. Yet given Hollywood dominance, such national cinemas continue to survive and even occasionally seem to thrive. Moreover, in recent years a number of small nations have made their mark on the global cinematic stage in spite of the economic and cultural difficulties of sustaining an industry, cultivating audiences and engaging with the needs and complexities of specific national formations. By considering in a comparative analysis the development of cinema in Scotland and New Zealand as examples of contemporary ‘Small National Cinemas’, this seminar will address such key issues as the cultural importance of small national cinemas, their role in the on-going construction of a ‘national imagination’ in a changing world and the institutional challenges that need to be faced if they are to be nurtured and circulated.

Duncan Petrie is Professor of Film and Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. He previously worked at the University of Exeter, where he established the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, and the British Film Institute. Duncan's primary areas of research have been in British cinema history and Scottish Cinema/Culture. His books include Contemporary Scottish Fictions (Edinburgh University Press, 2004), Screening Scotland (BFI, 2000), The British Cinematographer (BFI, 1996) and Creativity and Constraint in the British Film Industry (Macmillan, 1991). From 2001-2003 he
was a member of the Scottish Screen Lottery Panel, the main institutional funding body for film -making in Scotland. He is currently writing a book on New Zealand cinematography and is planning a major collection on Small National Cinemas with Mette Hjort.

Chapter 2

Dr. Mirana May Szeto discussed:

Nationalism and Perversion: the Diaoyutai Movement of 1996 in Hong Kong

Chair: Dr. Law Wing-sang (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)

8 MAR 2005, 11:30-13:00; AM201, 2/F, Amenities Building, LU; in English

Sovereignty claims over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islet have driven heated reactions from people in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. since the 1970s. Since then, the competing trans-local nationalist movements centered on this islet have produced a sumptuous volume of discourses and practices, ranging from scholarly analyses of archival sources and international law, to some of the most spectacular, comic, and macabre media events. What is most intriguing in the 1996 eruption of the Diaoyutai Movement in Hong Kong is the achievement and loss of subjectivity among the different participants in relation to nationalism. This paper suggests that a politics of subjectivity vis-a-vis nationalism is made possible via the use of Lacanian psychoanalysis, through which the micropolitics of desire in nationalist cultural imaginaries and symbolic orders can be understood vis-a-vis the clinical sense of perversion. This paper focuses on the various ways people perform their enjoyment of nationalism; the Hong Kong actors' masquerade of nationalism in competition with Chinese state patriotism; and some Japanese and Hong Kong actors' possible traversal of the fantasies involved in nationalist cultural imaginaries and symbolic orders.

Mirana May Szeto did her Ph.D. in the Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA. She has taught at the University of Oregon and is now teaching for the Master of Cultural Studies Program at Lingnan University. She is working on a book manuscript entitled "Sexualized National and Colonial Pathologies in Contemporary Chinese Cultural Politics." Her current research project is on the representations of the nuxia (the Chinese female “knight-errant”) and the yaonu (the Chinese “femme fatale”) in modern and contemporary Chinese popular culture.

Chapter 3

Prof. Dai Jinhua, Dr. Chan Shun-hing and Dr. Lau Kin-chi discussed:

Rethinking Peace and Gender: Implications of Thousand Women for Nobel Peace Prize Project

Chair: Prof. Meaghan Morris (Chair Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)

22 MAR 2005, 11:30-13:00; AM201, 2/F, Amenities Building, LU; in English and Putonghua

The study of the relationship between women and peace/war has been a topic of interest to many feminist scholars all over the world, with much attention drawn to national, racial and ethnic conflicts. The concept of peace used in the on-going global project “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” is, however, more than the absence of war. Peace is human security, which is endangered daily by conflict, poverty, inequality, discrimination and violation of human rights. Peace work by women may include the promotion of human rights, the elimination of poverty in all its forms, the maintenance of a healthy, sustainable environment, the struggle against structural violence and discrimination, the promotion of peace negotiations and conflict mediation, health and education, analysis of mechanisms that endanger peace, and so on. The “everyday” or the “ordinary” nature of women’s peace work is also emphasized. The three speakers who are engaged in the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” project will re-conceptualize peace from the perspectives of feminism and cultural studies, based on the work of the peace women nominated from the Chinese region (including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan).

Professor Dai Jinhua is professor in the Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, Peking University. She is a core member of the coordinating committee of the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” project. Her research areas include film studies, cultural studies, and gender studies.
Dr Chan Shun-hing is assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and coordinator for the Gender and Everyday Life Research Cluster, Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development, Lingnan University. Her research areas include feminism and nationalism, gender studies, and Chinese literary studies.
Dr Lau Kin-chi is assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and coordinator for nominations from China and Mongolia of the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” project. Her research areas include gender studies, local governance, comparative literature, and translation studies.

Chapter 4

Dr. YAU Ching discussed:

Performing Contradictions, Performing Bad-Girlness in East Asia

Chair: Prof. CHAN, Ching-kiu Stephen (Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)

26 APR 2005, 16:30-18:00; AM201, 2/F, Amenities Building, LU; in English

Combining strategies of media analysis, visual anthropology and art education, this paper attempts to outline the process of conducting media literacy workshops in female juvenile correctional centers/reform schools in two East Asian cities, in order to answer mainstream representation and imaginary of gendered juvenile delinquency in the region. After analyzing the intersection of implicit nationalism, global capitalist consumerism, and teenage subjectivity, the research seeks to understand teenage girls' acts of badness as performing the contradictions and schizophrenia of recent social changes in East Asian societies. The study points out that the punishment and stigmatization of the teenage girls' behaviors are symptoms of the societies' inability to reconcile with the contradictions embedded in their own social development, resulting in self-denial and shame on their part.

Dr. Yau Ching received her BA (Hons) in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Diploma in Studio Art and Cultural Theory from the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and PhD in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London. She was awarded a Rockefeller Humanities Post-doctoral Fellowship to conduct research at Women's Studies, Univerity of Hawai`i in 2004. Her books include: Filming Margins: Tang Shu Shuen, a Forgotten Hong Kong Director (Hong Kong University Press, 2004), Ho Yuk - Script and Critical Essays (Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2002), The Impossible Home (Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2001), Stripping Pants and Skirts (Hong Kong: Ching Hung Ching Publishing, 1999) and Building a New Stove (Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 1996). Also an award-winning filmmaker, poet and media artist, her research interests span from cultural representation of gender and sexuality, community-based media, experimental documentary, film theory to video art, Hong Kong cinema and literature. She has taught at the University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Currently she is programming for the Asian Lesbian Film and Video Festival to be held in Taipei this coming August and finishing a book on Hongkongness and sex.

Chapter 5

Dr. Ned Rossiter discussed:

Creative Industries, Organised Networks and Open Economies

Chair: Prof. Meaghan Morris (Chair Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, LU)

24 MAY 2005, 16:30-18:00; Venue: RM GEG06, Ground Floor, General Education Building, LU ; in English

Online Video

The creative industries model initiated by the Blair government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport (1998/2001) has rapidly become adopted across much of the world. Despite the recognition in much academic literature and popular media that culture is substantially shaped by local and national forces, it is surprising that there is so little variation in policy reports on the creative industries put out by countries or quasi-city-states as different as the Netherlands, Austria, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Australia and the UK. While demographic, urban, and infrastructural capacities typically feature in these policy reports (and thus function to distinguish one country from another), the reports nonetheless reproduce the creative industries founding definition set out by DCMS: namely, creative industries involve 'the generation and exploitation of intellectual property'.

In attributing a universal license of proprietary control to what are otherwise cultural and economic systems with considerable variation, international creative economies are reduced to a production system enframed within a juridical-based economy. It is this fundamental principle of the creative industries that sets the model up for inevitable failure within network societies and information economies. The fact of the matter is that very little new intellectual property is created. Instead, sectors within the creative industries generate income through the provision of services. A number of issues arise out of service economies and prevailing models of information economies more broadly. The precarious condition of labour for the majority working in the creative industries is a nasty feature that policy makers, investors and businesses continue to ignore.

Against the creative industries model of ‘cluster’ development, this presentation sets out the concept of 'organised networks'. Following this, the paper is interested in surveying a range of business models for information economies. This will include revisiting the period for the purpose of seeing whether anything constructive or useful can be salvaged from that period of spectacular failure. The open source software movements and their attendant service and 'gift' economies will also be investigated as possible options for a more sustainable creative economy.

Dr Ned Rossiter is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies (Digital Media) at the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. Ned is co-editor of Politics of a Digital Present: An Inventory of Australian Net Culture, Criticism and Theory (Melbourne: Fibreculture Publications, 2001) and Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic Industries (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004). He is also a co-facilitator of fibreculture, a network of critical Internet research and culture in Australasia (