Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Roundtable – School of Humanities Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Roundtable – School of Humanities

Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Roundtable

Intimacies in Asia in a time of Pandemics

This online roundtable will focus on the broad area of intimacy as it is being reimagined, reaffirmed, or otherwise enacted in Asia in the context of our current period of COVID-19. It will include five short presentations by key scholars in this area followed by an open Q&A and discussion.

A/Prof. Olivia Khoo (Monash University)
Prof. Hans Tao-Ming Huang (National Central University, Taiwan)
Hendri Yulius Wijaya (author and independent scholar)
Dr Ding Naifei (National Central University, Taiwan)
Dr Helen Grace (University of Sydney)

The session will be chaired by Prof. Meaghan Morris (University of Sydney).

Presenter biographies:
Olivia Khoo is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. Olivia is the author of The Chinese Exotic: Modern Diasporic Femininity (Hong Kong University Press, 2007), and co-author (with Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue) of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (Lexington, 2013).

Hans Tao-Ming Huang is Professor of English Department at National Central University, Taiwan, where he is also a core member of the Center for the Study of Sexualities. He is the author of Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). He has edited three volumes on AIDS Cultural Studies (in Chinese) and his most recent work on the politics of HIV care and control in Taiwan has appeared in The War on Sex (Duke University Press, 2017). Currently, he is conducting a new project on the genealogy of the Queer Left in Taiwan.

Hendri Yulius Wijaya is the author of Intimate Assemblages: The Politics of Queer Identities and Sexualities in Indonesia (2020). He completed a research master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney and a master’s degree in Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He writes about gender, sexuality, and popular culture for a mainstream audience in Indonesia.

Ding Naifei teaches in the English Department at the National Central University, Taiwan and is a member of the Center for the Study of Sexualities. She is also a member of Gender/Sexuality Rights Association, Taiwan. She is presently director of the NCU International Master’s Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (University System of Taiwan). She has written Obscene Things: Sexual Politics in Jin Ping Mei (Duke, 2002); and, with Liu Jen-Peng and Amie Elizabeth Parry, Penumbra Query Shadow: Queer Reading Tactics (2007, in Chinese). She has co-edited Querying Marriage-Family Continuum (2011, in Chinese) with Liu Jen-Peng. She is completing a manuscript on feminism and concubinage.

Helen Grace has written widely on intimacy and new media, including her book-length study, Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media: The Prosaic Image (2014) Between 2005 and 2011 and again in 2016, she taught at Chinese University of Hong Kong, establishing an MA Program in Visual Culture Studies. In 2012 and 2013, she taught at National Central University in Taiwan. She is currently revisiting the research notes from her PhD on a pandemic of bubonic plague that occurred in India and China in the 1890s and in Sydney in 1900, exploring the affective responses to the event. (

Art work: A street art piece by artist Pony Wave on Venice Beach in California.


When and Where

Friday 22 May 2020,
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The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).


May 22 2020


This time is approximate. A Zoom invitation with sheduled time will be sent to all those registered for the seminar series
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


This event is free




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