22-05-2019

*Mount Longhu in Jiangxi, China

by Scott Xuekun Liu Longhu Shan (Mount Dragon and Tiger) is a popular place to hike and see Hong Kong’s beautiful scenery near the HKU campus. Zhengpeng Lou, in his 2018 feature article, introduced us to a trail he described as ‘treacherous’, where one can start from Longhu Shan to Mount High...Click here for more details.
22-05-2019

*The School of English Seminar Series: An Interview with Natalie Mo, Anneliese Ng and John Scott Daly

by Juan Zhong The Seminar Series is of great significance for the School as it gathers visiting scholars and School members to share their latest research. Last month, MPhil students Natalie Mo and Anneliese Ng, and PhD candidate John Scott Daly, each gave a talk on their research. After the semina...Click here for more details.
29-04-2019

Autobiography of an Unknown Prude

by Monirul Huq Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table – T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915) “Is it an extension of the Winter, or the beginning of Autumn, or by any chance a makeshift rainy sea...Click here for more details.
29-04-2019

Professor Julia Kuehn discusses her new role as Head of the School of English

Interviewed by John Scott Daly Professor Julia Kuehn has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Oxford, Bonn and London, and also completed the Habilitation at the University of Bamberg. Her research interests lie in Victorian literature and culture, travel writing (related to China) and c...Click here for more details.
15-03-2019

The Sea Witch

by Natalie Mo   The sea witch had lied to her. She had promised that by the third sunset, if the prince had not fallen in love with Ariela, she would turn into sea foam, returning to the ocean that birthed her. But when she cast herself in the sea, instead her borrowed legs had split into four, ...Click here for more details.
15-03-2019

Assistant Professor Brian King discusses coming to HKU and new directions for his research

Interviewed by Eric Yin Liu   Could you please tell me about your academic background? I did my PhD in New Zealand, where I focused on language use in sexuality education classrooms. I found a secondary school teacher who was willing to let me come into the classroom, record sessions and do ethn...Click here for more details.
22-02-2019

The Space Between in Ourselves

by Wilson Chik The space in room 7.45 is reconfigured: although the rectangular tables placed in a U-shape and used for seminars are present, now – right down the center – a passageway opens. For three days, this spatial configuration becomes an activated place, charged with different histories...Click here for more details.
22-02-2019

HKU Alumni Stories: An Interview with Carmen Tomfohrde

Interviewed by Giulia Usai    After earning an M.A. and a Ph.D. from HKU, Carmen Tomfohrde has become part of the HKU Centre for the Humanities and Medicine. In this interview, she shares her experience as former HKU student, gives some advice to current MPhils and PhDs, and recounts the steps o...Click here for more details.
15-01-2019

Reflections on the Victorians Institute Conference 2018 at Asheville, North Carolina

by Anneliese Ng I am very grateful for the travel support by the University Research Committee (URC), which enabled me to attend the Victorians Institute’s 2018 conference held in Asheville, North Carolina on November 9-10. At one stroke, three of my dreams came true: it was my first Victorian co...Click here for more details.
15-01-2019

The School of English Seminar Series with Dr. Anya Adair

Interviewed by Andre Theng Thursday afternoons are something of a special time at the School of English: it’s the one time a week we gather for our weekly seminar series where we get the opportunity to hear from School members and visiting scholars on their latest research. This year, we have Dr....Click here for more details.
03-12-2018

Assistant Professor Ricky Chan on his path to forensic phonetics research

Interviewed by Vincent Tse Dr. Ricky Chan is Assistant Professor at the HKU School of English. He obtained a BA&BEd double degree and an MPhil from HKU, and another MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Here, he discusses his studies and research journey, shares his UK teaching expe...Click here for more details.
03-12-2018

Dr. David Karlander, Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, on language politics, mobile semiosis and graffiti

Interviewed by Nicky Runge   Could you tell me a little bit about your research? How did you start out, and how did you get where you are now? I did my BA and MA at Uppsala University and obtained my PhD at Stockholm University in the Centre for Research on Bilingualism. This was also where I st...Click here for more details.
08-11-2018

Interview with Clara Dawson

Interviewed by Simon Whitaker Clara Dawson, Visiting Professor from the University of Manchester, discusses poetry as a window into the nineteenth century    What drew you to the poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century?  I think for our own culture poetry occupies a very marginal role, but in t...Click here for more details.
08-11-2018

Interview with Harriet Hulme

Interviewed by Jackie Militello Harriet Hulme, of the HKU Society of Fellows in the Humanities, talks about her new book, Hong Kong, and her next project Interviewer: Your forthcoming book, Ethics and the Aesthetics of Translation (UCL Press), sounds like an extension of your dissertation re...Click here for more details.
12-10-2018

Aubade

by Gloria Dou Attente à la fenêtre by Marcel Rieder Sunlight through the window pane, through the flora-embroidered sheer curtain, upon the window sill, upon the wooden desk and chair, upon the roses in the glass vase whose flamboyance needs to be awakened by fresh water, upon the s...Click here for more details.
12-10-2018

Dr. Jaspal Singh on sociolinguistics, fieldwork in India and research ethics

interviewed by Sean P. Smith Dr. Jaspal Singh joined the HKU School of English in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor of sociolinguistics. Here, he discusses how the field of sociolinguistics needs to focus more on the body, his research on hip hop and dance in India, and his reflections on how a...Click here for more details.
03-07-2018

How to practically apply discourse analysis in real life: Communicating with veterinarians

Anson Chan (BA HKU) Email: ansonchan94@gmail.com The School of English at HKU offers a diverse range of courses related to English linguistics and literature. The thing I like most about the undergraduate curriculum is that it recognises the importance of viewing English in a global and interdisci...Click here for more details.
03-07-2018

Introducing Treacherous Trail

Edgar, Zhengpeng Luo People often ask me: ‘What do you like most about studying in Hong Kong?’. My answer to this question is: undoubtedly the perfect integration of nature and the city. Coming from a remote area with endless mountain ranges in Southwest China, I have developed a keen interest ...Click here for more details.
03-07-2018

A week out of town

Kelvin Wong The airport express to Taipei city passed through a valley. The windows on both sides were filled with different shades of green. There were acacia trees, the only kind I recognised, with pinnate leaves, tipped with tiny yellow flowers. This species is commonly used for forestation and ...Click here for more details.
06-06-2018

First Conference at Florence

By Olivia Xu I attended my first academic conference in Florence, Italy in May last year. It was the supernumerary NYU/Purdue University NAVSA/AVSA conference – NAVSA stands for North America Victorian Studies Association, the largest academic association of Victorian literature studies in North ...Click here for more details.
06-06-2018

Facing the Fish: Language Learning for Monolinguals

by Sean P. Smith Tonal languages are intimidating. Infinitesimal variations in sound can encode entirely different meanings, posing to the Indo-European native a puzzle about as inviting as the Cretan labyrinth. The imperfectly inflected vowel is always lurking just around the corner, threatening t...Click here for more details.

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