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This research adopts the author’s newly proposed transnational queer sociology to examine young gay male identities, as revealed in 90 in-depth interviews conducted in Hong Kong (n = 30), Taiwan (Taipei, n = 30) and mainland China (Shanghai, n = 30) between 2017 and 2019.

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Datum 20 november 2019
Tijd 11:45 - 13:00
Travis Kong
Travis S. K. Kong

The lecture highlights the interplay between the state and identity by investigating the intersection and intertwining effects of these young men’s sexual and cultural/national identities, revealing three different forms of civic-political activism. The article both demonstrates the way in which sexuality and the state are mutually constituted and provides nuanced analysis of the heterogeneity of contemporary homosexualities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. In applying a new sociological approach to understanding sexuality, this research challenges the global China discourse that has obscured the heterogenous transformations in inter-linked locations and also joins the growing body of scholarship within sociology to decentre the Western formation of universal knowledge.

About the lecturer

Travis S.K. Kong is Associate Professor of Sociology and Programme Director of Media, Culture and Creative Cities at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches gender, sexuality, and media and cultural studies. Kong specializes in Chinese homosexuality and masculinity, prostitution in Hong Kong and China, the social impact of HIV/AIDS, and transnational Chinese sexuality. He is the co-editor of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society and the sole author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge 2011) and Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten (Hong Kong University Press 2019). To date, his articles have appeared in books, encyclopedias and journals, e.g. Body & SocietySexualitiesGender, Work & OrganizationDeviant BehaviorCulture, Health & SexualityBritish Journal of CriminologyThe Sociological ReviewQualitative ResearchMen & Masculinities, Journal of Youth Studies, and British Journal of Sociology.

Registration is Required

In order to register, please send an email to arcgs@uva.nl by Thursday 14 November. You will be sent the location of the lecture upon registering. Lunch will be provided by ARC-GS.