Queer Theory and Chinese Modernity
The Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities Seminar
Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 236
Alvin Ka Hin Wong received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 2012. He is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Gender Studies. His book project, Queer Theory and Chinese Modernity：Transnational and Sinophone Cultural Productions, shows how specific queer literary, cinematic, and new media productions intervene at the scattered hegemonies of nationalism, postsocialist Chinese capitalism, post-Martial law multicultural and neoliberal developments（Taiwan）, and postcolonial state sexual governance（Hong Kong）. The project reveals how these trans-Chinese, transnational, and Sinophone cultural productions challenge logics of heteronormative kinship and linear nationalist temporality; the book also maps out alternative queer possibility in the cross-historical genealogy of transgenderism, sexual remapping of postmodern global cities, and the reshaping of public sphere in the age of media convergence. Overall, the book departs from East-West comparative models by turning to East-East modes of transnational comparisons.
His research and teaching interests include modern Chinese literature and cinema, Sinophone studies, feminist theory, queer studies, and transnational studies. Wong has published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies and has an article forthcoming inTransgender China, ed. Howard Chiang（Palgrave Macmillan, 2012）.
Royce Humanities Group