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Dr Tang, Tse Shang Denise 鄧芝珊

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Assistant Professor

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Dr Tang, Tse Shang Denise 鄧芝珊

Title:
Assistant Professor

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Also Cited As:
Tang, DTS
Tang, Denise
Tang, D

Short Biography:

From 1994 to 2003, I have worked in North American NGOs / community-based organizations in the fields of violence against women, juvenile justice, queer youth, aboriginals, mental health, substance use and HIV/AIDS from frontline advocacy to program management. For my MA thesis, I focused on the pedagogical meanings in Leaving Silence: A Queer Asian / Pacific Islander Oral History Project. I chose to return to Hong Kong for my doctoral studies so that I could be in an environment that was both distant and familiar to me. My doctoral research is focused on Hong Kong women with same-sex desires and their everyday social interactions in an urban environment. This research was subsequently published as a monograph entitled Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life (2011, HKU Press) and received reviews from The China JournalGLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, andSomatechnics. I also took up the position as Festival Director for the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2004 & 2005) and Core Committee Member (2012-2014).

I taught at the Graduate Institute for Gender Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan (2007-2011). In 2011, I came back to Hong Kong to re-familiarize myself to the city. I currently serve as an editor of a newly launched Palgrave Macmillan book series, Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia (with Stevi Jackson and Olivia Khoo), a member of the Editorial Board on the Journal of Homosexuality and an Advisory Board member on Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture.

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityPhD
The University of British ColumbiaMA
The University of British ColumbiaBA
Biography

I have always engaged with feminism as a scholar and as a community worker. Feminist collectives taught me about the struggles of reaching consensus even when power relations often divided us. Lesbian communities taught me about subject positions that were segregated by class, sexuality, ethnicity, age, immigrant history and health status. I have worked in North American NGOs / community-based organizations in the fields of violence against women, juvenile justice, queer youth, aboriginals, mental health, substance use and HIV/AIDS.  From being a frontline worker to a program manager, that’s how my learning began.

To me, being a sociologist means working with marginalized communities and studying the impact of social, political and cultural institutions on stigmatized groups in our everyday life. For my MA thesis, I focused on the pedagogical meanings in Leaving Silence: A Queer Asian / Pacific Islander Oral History Project. I chose to return to Hong Kong for my doctoral studies so that I could be in an environment that was both distant and familiar to me. Along with being a doctoral candidate, I took up the position as Festival Director for the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2004 & 2005.

My doctoral research is focused on Hong Kong women with same-sex desires and their everyday social interactions in an urban environment.  Through an ethnography of thirty Hong Kong women with lesbian desires and transgender lesbians, I categorized spaces in terms of living, consumption, regulatory, political and cultural sites. I argue that a preliminary analysis of spaces in Hong Kong can be rooted in a physical sense but more so, its extension to conditional spatiality as a theoretical concept that both enables certain spaces to emerge and others to disappear.

Please visit HKU Press: 
http://www.hkupress.org/Common/Reader/Products/ShowProduct.jsp?Pid=1&Version=0&Cid=16&Charset=iso-8859-1&page=-1&key=9789888083022
Book Reviews
The China Journal
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.1086/671292?uid=3738176&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21102876720227
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studieshttp://glq.dukejournals.org/content/20/1-2/181.abstract
Somatechnics
http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/soma.2014.0124

Prior to HKU, I taught gender and sexualities courses at the Graduate Institute for Gender Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan. I became interested in the localized Chinese understandings of Anglo-American queer theory and indigenous theorizations of sexualities. In 2011, I came back to Hong Kong to re-familiarize myself to the city. I continue to launch theoretical inquiries into the complex relations between localized queer sexualities, inter-Asian cultural flows, and global influences on broader social justice issues. Current research interests include celebrity culture, LGBT youth and self-harm.

 
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
02/2015-02/2017TreasurerHong Kong Sociological Association
07/2016-12/2016ConvenorThe 18th Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Conference
2013-2016External ExaminerHKU Space
04/2014-08/2016External ExaminerHang Seng Management College
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Urban sociology城市社會學
Media and visual culture; cultural studies傳媒及視覺文化、文化硏究
Gender and sexuality studies; queer pedagogy性別研究、酷兒教育學
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Cantonese英語、粵語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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