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[MOOC] Unconscious Bias: From Awareness To Action

Unconscious bias—everyone has it. But that doesn’t make us bad; it makes us human. While we cannot completely rid ourselves of unconscious bias, we can learn how to recognize it and lessen its impact in the workplace. These are skills that everyone can learn.

To enroll: https://www.edx.org/course/unconscious-bias-awareness-action-catalystx-ub1x

New Gender Elective Course on Offer for Second Semester of 2017-2018
GRMN3033: Gender Equality in German-Speaking Countries and the European Union

Course Coordinator: Dr Li Chong, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

In line with the University's and Arts Faculty's policy of promoting gender equality and diversity, this new course aims to facilitate students to explore issues of gender equality in German-speaking countries and in the European Union, analysing historical and cross-cultural perspectives, key developments and ongoing debates. It is a pioneer course on this specific topic within the Faculty and the University. Students are encouraged to compare gender challenges in other places with those prevalent in their own country, to increase awareness of the importance of gender equality and to beware of the unconscious gender bias. The course is geared towards enabling students to effectively apply knowledge acquired in their daily interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and to develop gender social skillsets both in their current status as students and in their future undertakings when they venture into the society.

Report on Silent Witness: Why are women missing in Hong Kong academic leadership?

By Dr. Sarah Jane Aiston from University of Birmingham

The underrepresentation of women as academic leaders is a global phenomenon. Extensive research demonstrates that women fail to move through academic hierarchies and reach the most senior grades and leadership positions in higher education. The Hong Kong academy is no exception. Out of 110 positions at the level of Dean and above, figures from 2016 show that only 8 women (7.3%) are represented in the most senior leadership roles across the sector. Hong Kong does not currently have a woman President/Vice-Chancellor at any of its higher education institutions.

Click here for the report.

Stop Rubbing Salt in the Wound
Support Survivors, Break the Silence, and Respect Choices

Recently athlete Vera Lui Lai-yiu wrote on her Facebook on her 23rd birthday of a sexual abuse incident involving a couch a decade ago.  Her bravery and promotion of the hashtags #MeToo and #Metoohk are aimed at giving victims courage and making potential abusers think twice.  However, her courageous act met a lot of public criticism such as blaming her not to report to Police and take revenge.  To support her and all victims of sexual violence to speak up, we have launched an online petition about “Support Survivors of sexual violence, Break the Silence, and Respect choices” in response to the victim blaming culture.  Please support, sign and circulate to your friends.


'Court should be option in sex harassment cases'

Speaking during a forum on sexual harassment in the workplace, legal expert Puja Kapai on Monday urged the government to give the equality watchdog more leeway to take sexual harassment cases straight to court, without necessarily going through a mandatory conciliation process first.


Professor Dina Iordanova

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CGED is delighted to welcome our visiting colleague, Professor Dina Iordanova. She is here as a Visiting Research Professor in the School of Humanities (Comparative Literature) for three academic years from 2017/18 to 2019/20.

Specializing in global film industries, Dina is Professor of Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews. She also has considerable experience as a senior administrator at St. Andrews where she has served as Director of the Institute for Global Cinema and Creative Cultures, Head of Film Studies Department, and Provost of St. Leonard’s College.  For more information about Dina, please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/filmstudies/staff_profiles/professor-dina-iordanova/

Dina’s office location is RRST 9.41. Her dates here this semester are:

30 Oct 2017 – 14 Nov 2017 (16 days)

27 Nov 2017 - 30 Dec 2017 (34 days)

      Email: dina.iordanova@st-andrews.ac.uk

Joint Statement on Yau Ma Tei Murder-Suicide Case
Issued by the Association for Concern for Legal Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence

Please click on the link below for a joint statement released by the Association Concerning Legal Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence to the press on September 14, 2017, with CGED as a co-signatory.

The statement is also featured on the Hong Kong Free Press website:

Welcome New Colleagues!

CGED is delighted to welcome these new colleagues whose areas of expertise include research on gender and diversity issues:

Professor Nicole Huang
Department of Comparative Literature

Professor Nicole Huang received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for 17 years before joining the University of Hong Kong recently. Her early work focused on literary and visual manifestations of human agencies through extraordinary times, including a monograph titled Women, War, Domesticity: Shanghai Literature and Popular Culture of the 1940s (Leiden, 2005) and an edited volume titled Written on Water: A Collection of Essays by Eileen Chang (New York, 2005). Her recent work engages visual and auditory culture of contemporary China, with a forthcoming book called Late Mao Soundscapes: Auditory Culture and Daily Practice of 1970s China. Her current research projects include a book-length study of the social use of photographic portraiture in Mao-era China and a monograph that highlights the “transnational” as it informs a body of Chinese language narratives across a century of violence, upheavals, and massive exodus. At the University of Hong Kong, Professor Huang will be teaching a range of courses in literature, film, media culture, and critical theory.

Course on offer in 1st semester 2017-2018
CLIT2025: Visual Cultures


Dr Elizabeth LaCouture
Assistant Professor
Department of History

Dr Elizabeth LaCouture is a historian of gender, visual and material culture, architecture, and everyday life in modern China and East Asia. She has published articles in China Heritage Quarterly and The Journal of Design History, and her book At Home in the World: Family, House, and Home in Tianjin, China, 1860-1960 is forthcoming. Her current research is on the history of beauty and cosmetics in the Chinese world. Before joining the History Department at HKU, she taught history and East Asian studies at Colby College in the United States and was a research fellow in the Academy of Korean Studies funded Korean Family in Comparative Perspective research group at the University of Illinois. 

Course on offer in 1st & 2nd semester 2017-2018
CLIT1002: Introduction to Gender Studies


Dr Vivian Sheng
Assistant Professor
Department of Fine Arts

Dr Vivian Sheng teaches courses on Chinese contemporary art, global feminist art history and transnational art and visual culture. Before taking her position at the University of Hong Kong, she was a lecturer in modern and contemporary art history and theory at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK. Her current book project Everyday Extraordinary—Women, Chinese Avant-Grade Art and the Local-global Nexus (provisional) attaches specific importance to women’s contributions to the development of avant-garde art in mainland China and their transnational, transcultural artistic commitments since the 1990s, challenging the conventional discourses of Chinese avant-garde art, which marginalize women’s practices, and raising questions about the interaction and negotiation between women and globalization. She was a World Universities Network Research Mobility Fellow in Visual and Cultural Studies at University of Rochester, US in 2014 and a UCCL (Universities’ China Committee in London) Research Fellow at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, in 2016. Her interests include Chinese and East Asian contemporary art and visual culture, transnational feminist philosophy and theory, contemporary participatory and community-based art projects, and migration, diaspora, exile and ‘homemaking’ in modern and contemporary art.

Course on offer in 1st semester 2017-2018:
FINE3020 Women Making Art after 1960: Sexuality, Subjectivity and the Politics of Identity