Research Highlights




Gender and Diversity Research Supported in UGC GRF/ECS Exercise 2020-2021

Several projects with gender and diversity components were funded in the Hong Kong University Grants Committee’s (UGC) 2020-2021 General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) exercises. Two members of the Department of Art History, Dr Chun Wa Chan and Dr Vivian Sheng, were awarded ECS grants; Dr Chan for a project entitled “Ambitious Alignments: Female Emperors as Patrons of Buddhist Art in Early Japan,” and Dr Sheng for “Art, Women and Fantasies of “Homemaking”: Affective Domesticity, Embodied Habitation and Transcultural (Dis)identification.” Five GRF projects that were awarded funding also encompass significant gender and diversity themes: Dr Geng Song and Professor Cuncun Wu from the School of Chinese for the projects “The Politics of Sissiness and Sissyphobia in Contemporary China” and “Street Literacy: Songbooks and Voices of Lower-Class Urban Women in Nineteenth-Century North China;” Dr Jessica Valdez from the School of English for “Despots and Democrats: China and America in Nineteenth-Century British Literature;” and Dr Cathryn Donohue (Linguistics) and Dr Alvin K Wong (Comparative Literature) for the projects “Case variation in Nubri” and “Queer Hong Kong as Method: Arts, Activism, and the Creative Industries.”




Book Launch: Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies - Edited by Howard Chiang and Alvin K Wong

Dr Alvin Wong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, is the coeditor with Dr Howard Chiang of the recently published Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies. This volume showcases a vibrant wave of scholarship that explores the intersection of queer theory and Sinophone studies, consolidating an interdisciplinary framework for furthering transnational research into non-conforming genders, sexualities and bodies.




Dr Julia Bowes Receives the 2019 Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians

During its 2019 meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) presented Dr Julia Bowes, Assistant Professor in the HKU Department of History, with its prestigious 2019 Lerner-Scott Prize, which is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.