Reading Groups

The CRC hosts two ongoing reading/ study groups. Both are open to any interested NUS graduate students and faculty members.

Cultural Studies in Asia

The study group aims to help its members (graduate students or early-career academics) to develop their knowledge and capacity in the field of cultural studies.
That means we will:
(1) read and discuss the ‘core’ or ‘classic’ texts in cultural studies
(2) have discussions and mini-workshops on the career trajectory of young scholars in the field of cultural studies or those in cognate disciplines
(3) share drafts of writings we want to submit or publish
The group meets monthly. Please e-mail for more details.


Session 1 Readings

Hall, Stuart. “Lecture 1: The Formation of Cultural Studies.” Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History, edited by Jennifer Slack and Lawrence Grossberg, Duke, 2016, 5-24.

Williams, Raymond. “Communications as Cultural Science.” Journal of Communication, vol. 24, no. 3, Sept. 1974, pp. 17-25.

Session 2 Readings

Arnold, Matthew. Culture and Anarchy. Oxford, 2006.

Hall, Stuart, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke, and Brian Roberts. Policing the Crisis. Macmillian, 1978.

(Please read at least Culture and Anarchy‘s Introduction and Chapter 1, and Policing the Crisis‘s Chapter 1.)

Queer Studies

The CNM CRC Queer Studies Reading Group is a transdisciplinary group of scholars who have broad and diverse research interests in gender and sexuality. This group is designed to bring together graduate students and faculty at NUS and neighboring institutions to meet across and beyond disciplinary boundaries in an informal setting. Our aim is to promote intellectually rigorous discussion of and theoretical engagement with “classic” texts and cutting-edge works in queer and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) studies. In addition, we will occasionally hold writing workshops for works in progress.
Sessions are held on a monthly basis during the academic term on Friday evenings at CNM (AS6, room to be announced). The dates for this semester are:
Friday, 5 October, 2018
Friday, 2 November, 2018
Join Us!
If you are interested in participating in the reading group, please request to join our mailing list here.


Session 1 Readings

Beginnings of Queer Studies

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Epistemology of the Closet,” Epistemology of the Closet(1990)
Judith Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination” (c1990) from The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader(307-320)

Supplementary reading:
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity(1990)
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Tendencies(1994)

Session 2 Readings

Global Queer Studies

Dennis Altman, “Global Gaze/Global Gays,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies(1997)
Peter A. Jackson, “Capitalism and Global Queering: National Markets, Parallels among Sexual Cultures, and Multiple Queer Modernities,” GLQ(2009)

Supplementary Reading:
Dennis Altman, “On Global Queering,” Australian Humanities Review(1996)
Peter A. Jackson, “Pre-Gay, Post-Queer: Thai Perspectives on Proliferating Gender/Sex Diversity in Asia,” Journal of Homosexuality(2001)
Eng-Beng Lim, “Glocalqueering in New Asia: The Politics of Performing Gay in Singapore,” Theatre Journal(2005)


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