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Queer Cinema in Neoliberal Times: Strange Bedpartners 

25 Jan 2019 | 15:00 – 16:30

We usually think of queer and neoliberalism in opposition to each other. After all, it was the inaction of US President Ronald Reagan on the HIV/AIDS crisis that inspired the establishment of
Act-Up and Queer Nation. However, this talk argues that analysis of LGBTQ films such as A Fantastic Woman, The Kids Are Alright, and 120 BPM reveals a more ambivalent and complex
relationship. If queer is all about abandoning identity for Butler’s performative model of flexible identity, neoliberalism also embraces flexibility as the key to success in an era of aspirationalism.
Could it not be said that trans is the ultimate example of flexible aspirationalism? Or is an insistence on being trans no matter what the cost the very opposite of neoliberal flexibility? And why, in films like 120 BPM, do we see the rise of queer nostalgia for the worst of pre-neoliberal times–the HIV/AIDS crisis era?

SPEAKER:

Prof. Chris Berry (Professor of Film Studies, King’s College London)

BIO:

Chris Berry is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. Together with John Erni, Peter Jackson, and Helen Leung, he edits the Queer Asia book series for Hong Kong University Press. Primary publications include: (with Mary Farquhar) Cinema and the National: China on Screen (2006); Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China: the Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution (2004); (co-edited with Luke Robinson) Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (2017); (co-edited with Koichi Iwabuchi and Eva Tsai) Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (2016); and (with Fran Martin and Audrey Yue), Mobile Cultures: New Media and Queer Asia (2003).

REGISTRATION

Admission is free. To register, please click here.

Venue : AS7 Level 1, Seminar Room B
Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119246
National University of Singapore
This event is hosted by the Cultural Research Centre, a new research incubator in the Department of Communications and New Media (National University of Singapore), in partnership with King’s College London.
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Digital Citizenship in Asia 

12 Oct 2018 | 09:30 – 17:30

In the past two decades, the study of digital citizenship has emerged as an important site of study in the field of communications and new media. Studies on the concept has developed from focusing on normative ideas on citizenship to a more multidimensional, non-linear understanding (Coleman, 2006; Choi, 2016), seen as ‘a fluid interface’ remaking the idea of citizenship (Vivienne, McCosker, Johns, 2016). Youth, in particular has emerged as key players. However, research on youth and digital citizenship tended to focus on youth living in developed Western countries with more ‘stable’ democratic and civic engagements. The Digital Citizenship in Asia Seminar aims to work out how youth in Asian societies are actively participating and engaging in digital citizenship. The speakers will be presenting their research on youth and their forms of engagement with digital citizenship in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

SPEAKERS

Prof Audrey Yue (National University of Singapore)
Prof John N. Erni (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Assoc Prof Fran Martin (University of Melbourne)
Assoc Prof Tracey Skelton (National University of Singapore)
Assoc Prof Weiyu Zhang (National University of Singapore)
Dr Elmie Nekmat (National University of Singapore)
Dr Natalie Pang (National University of Singapore)
Mr Cleve Arguelles (University of the Philippines Manila)
Dr Annisa R. Beta (National University of Singapore)

REGISTRATION

Admission is free. To register, please click here.

Venue : AS8 Level 4, Seminar Room 04-04
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
National University of Singapore @ KRC
This event is hosted, convened and co-funded by the Cultural Research Centre (a new research incubator in the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore), in partnership with the Asian Cultural Research Network (School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne), the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing (Hong Kong Baptist University), and the Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore).

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14th September 2018 | 3pm | AS6 03-38

Research Seminar: Who Still Needs Cultural Research?

Prof. John Nyuget Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University

ABSTRACT: In this lecture, I revisit the important threads of research innovation in Communication that has been enabled by Cultural Studies.  In following Ien Ang’s provocation when she asked “Who Needs Cultural Research?” in 2005, I will trace the ways in which questions of “cultural intelligence” and “cultural impact” of media are vital today more than ever, especially around the post-ideological forms of inquiry in popular culture studies and the social movement implications of communicative practices at large.

BIO: John Nguyet Erni is Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair Professor of Humanics and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. A former recipient of the Gustafson, Rockefeller, Lincoln and Annenberg research fellowships, and other awards and grants, Erni is the author or editor of 10 books.  In 2017-18, he was elected President of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

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