IACS Society Board (2019 – 2021, elected June 27 – July 8, 2019)
Annisa BETA (General Secretary)
Annisa R. Beta recently joined the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne as Lecturer in Cultural Studies. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cultural Research Centre, Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2018. Before finishing her Ph.D., she was a Visiting Student Researcher in University of California Berkeley in 2016. Her research is broadly concerned with youth, new media, and political subjectivity in Southeast Asia. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Politics of Visibility: Young Muslim Women and Feminine Productive Subjectivity. The book traces an emerging feminine political subjectivity in Indonesia, reconfigured and represented by young Muslim women’s groups. Her articles have been published by New Media & Society, International Communication Gazette, Media and Communication as well as South China Morning Post and The Jakarta Post.
Roberto CASTILLO (Treasurer)
Assistant Professor at the Cultural Studies Department of Lingnan University. My academic training is in Cultural Studies, International Relations, History and Journalism (Ph.D., Lingnan; MA, Usyd). I have lectured on a wide range of topics at the African Studies Programme at the University of Hong Kong; the Humanities and Creative Writing Department of HKBU; and the Applied Social Sciences Department of HK’s PolyU. My research/teaching interests are: transnationality; migration and mobility; the critique of nationalism and globalisation; China’s changing ethnoscapes with a focus on foreign presence in the country; Africa-China relations; (cultural) research methodologies; Afrofuturism; Sinophobia; digital cultures; ethnographic-based knowledge production; the cultural politics of media representations of race/ethnicity; critical theory; and Chinese politics & social development. I administer the website: http://www.africansinchina.net.
Yiu Fai CHOW
Born in Hong Kong, Chow Yiu Fai 周耀輝 received his PhD degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, at the University of Amsterdam. Chow joined the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing (then the Humanities Programme) of Hong Kong Baptist University, in 2011. He is now Associate Professor under the same department. In 2013, his co-authored book Sonic Multiplicities: Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image was published. His monograph Caring in Times of Precarity: A Study of Single Women Doing Creative Work in Shanghai was published in 2019. His academic articles appear in top-tiered journals. Before embarking on academic work, Chow has started a creative career with pop lyrics. Since 1989, he has penned some 1,000 lyrical works for a diversity of pop artists in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. Throughout the years as a lyricist, Chow received numerous awards. In addition to lyrical works, Chow has published books of prose writings in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, including the award-winning collection of essays A Long Long Farewell and collection of short stories One Body, Two Persons. In recent years, Chow is also involved in various forms of creative works, including visual, installation and sound art, both as artist and curator. He is active in creative education and community engagement.
Anneke Coppoolse is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She currently teaches in the Communication Design programme, at the undergraduate level, where she is in charge of subjects addressing visual culture and design history, visual communication, and exhibition experiences. She completed her PhD in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Her research focuses on urban life, the visuality and materiality of the everyday, and the aesthetics of waste and abandoned objects, and she explores these topics ethnographically, curatorially, and photographically. Before her appointment at PolyU Design, she worked as a researcher in the Information Design Lab of the same institution. She collaborates in occasional exhibition projects on Hong Kong design and visual culture and, more recently, has begun to explore new territory at the crossroads of design and cultural studies.
Frances Antoinette C CRUZ
Ms Frances Antoinette C. Cruz is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the Department of European Languages, University of the Philippines, Diliman, and an affiliate faculty of the Center for International Studies at the same University. She is the President of the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) and the Co-Convenor of UP CIDS Decolonial Studies Program. Ms Cruz has taught classes on transnationalism and migration, gender studies, and Middle Eastern relations with Europe. Email address: email@example.com
Takeshi Hamano is an associate professor of sociology in the Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of Social Systems Studies of the University of Kitakyushu, Japan. He earned his Ph.D. from the College of Arts of the University of Western Sydney in 2011. His recent major research interests include the transformation of the perception of the contemporary Japanese family in the experience of Asian globalization, considering issues related to family disputes about shared parenting in the separated family after divorce. Also, he has carried out cultural analysis of diverse topics, such as international migration, popular culture and tourism. He has published several articles and books in both Japanese and English.
Holly Lixian HOU is a lecturer in School of Foreign Studies at South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China. She obtained her master and bachelor degree in linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou and her PhD in cultural studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in December 2016. Her research interests focus on gender and sexual politics in China, feminist and queer movement, digital activism and digital intimacy among young people. Her PhD project investigated the Chinese lesbian movement under the framework of “pragmatic resistance” and unravelled how it was shaped with the radical gender and sexual politics and yet the politics of invisibility and contingency under the local and transnational socio-political and cultural changes. Her current research project explores how Chinese young women have engaged different digital platforms for activism and developed new feminist politics and new meanings of gender. She is the author of “On Fire in Weibo: Feminist Online Activism in China” (2015), “LGBT Activism in Mainland China” (2014), and the co-author of “Alternative for the Traffic in Women – Analysis on Zishunv’s Identity Construction and Family Structure” (2015, in Chinese), and Oral History of Zishunv (sworn sisters) in Guangzhou (forthcoming, in Chinese).
Mikee N. Inton is an assistant professor at De La Salle University Manila where she teaches film, gender studies, and feminist media studies. She is also an advocate for trans rights in the Philippines as a board member of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP). She formerly served on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA World) as co-chair of the global Trans Secretariat. She is currently a member of the Grant Making Panel of the International Trans Fund, the only trans-specific funding organization for trans groups around the world. Her academic work centers on representations of trans people in Philippine and Southeast Asian cinema.
Thiti Jamkajornkeiat is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California-Berkeley in South and Southeast Asian Studies with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. His current doctoral research is an intellectual history of Marxist thought in Indonesia from 1940s-1960s, investigating the questions of peripheral Marxism, third world anti-colonial internationalism, revolutionary subjectivities, cold war political economy, and critique of militarism. This dissertation addresses a larger question of knowledge production in Southeast Asia and attempts to multiply a necessary epistemic infrastructure for further Inter-Asian theorizing. He works closely with Colleen Lye who supervises his dissertation. His first official engagement with the Inter-Asia was at the Hsinchu summer school in 2014. He occasionally assists the Inter-Asian school in Bangkok from afar.
Fran Martin is Associate Professor and Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Fran’s best known research focuses on television, film, literature and other forms of cultural production in contemporary transnational China (The People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), with a specialization in transnational flows and representations and cultures of gender and sexuality. She is currently working on a 5-year ARC Future Fellowship project that uses longitudinal ethnography to research the social and subjective experiences of young women from China studying and living in Australia (http://www.mobileselves.org). Fran received both her BA (hons) and her PhD from Melbourne University. Fran is fluent in Mandarin, having begun learning the language in primary school in Australia. She later spent two years studying Chinese language and literature at Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute and East China Normal University (1989 – 1991). She then spent a further two years researching in Taiwan, including at National Taiwan Central University’s Center for the Study of Sexualities. Prior to joining Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, Fran lectured in the Cinema Studies program at La Trobe University (2000-2003).
Andy WANG (Vice Chair)
Andy Chih-ming Wang is associate research fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He is the author of Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America (University of Hawaii Press, 2013); co-editor of Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017); and guest-editor of the Asian American Studies in Asia special issue for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (June 2012). His research focuses on Asian American literature and cultural studies in transpacific and inter-Asian contexts. His articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Cultural Studies, positions and Chinese America: History and Perspectives.
Audrey YUE (Chair)
Audrey Yue is Professor of Media, Culture and Critical Theory, Head of the Department of Communications and New Media, Convenor of the Cultural Studies in Asia PhD programme, and Director of the Cultural Research Centre at the National University of Singapore. She is also Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She is author, co-author and co-editor of 8 scholarly books, and has published 96 refereed journal articles and book chapters across the fields of Sinophone media cultures, cultural policy and queer Asian studies. She is a practitioner and activist of engaged scholarship in action. She has been involved with the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society since 1998. For over ten years, she was Melbourne’s representative at the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Consortium, and has served the IACS Board over two separate terms. She brings intellectual commitment and leadership to the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies movement. She also brings extensive networking and university administrative experience to the position, having been Head of Department, Head of Program, Assistant Dean of Research and Cultural Studies Discipline Leader (for the Australian Research Council Excellence in Research Assessment) at top-ranked universities across Australia and Asia.
Soyoung KIM (Institutional Representative)
Soyoung Kim is Professor of Cinema Studies, School of Film and Video at Korea National University of Arts, Director of Trans: Asian Screen Culture Institute, President of the Association of Korean Cultural Studies (2017-2019), and Member of Academy of Arts of the world, Germany. Author of several books on colonial modernity, gender and cinema including Cartography of Catastrophe (States of Korean Cinema) (Korean, 2014), The Primal Scenes of Modern (Korean, 2010), Specters of Modernity: Fantastic Korean Cinema (Korean, 2000); Editor of The Compendium of History of Korean cinema (10 volumes, 2017), Korea Research Foundation; Co-editor with Chris Berry and Lynn Spiegel of Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and the Experience of Social Space (Minnesota university press, 2009); Editor of several books including Trans: Asia Screen Culture (2004, Korean), Special issue co-editor of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies journal: Volume 14, 2013 – Issue 1: Considering comparative film studies: in memory of Paul Willemen; Volume 4, 2003 – Issue 1: Imagining Cinema Anew. Book chapters in several books include Reclaiming the Archive edited by Vicki Callahan. As a Filmmaker, Exile Trilogy (2014-2019) and Women’s History Trilogy (2000-2004); Viewfinder (2010), Even Little Grass has its own name, Women Filmmakers Collective, 1990.