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The 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference will be held in Hong Kong during June 17 – 21, 2010. Hosted by Lingnan University and organized by its Department of Cultural Studies and Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, this is the first Crossroads Conference to be h
eld in East Asia.
Started in 1996 in Tampere, Finland, the Crossroads Conferences were to fill what was felt to be a gap in the international cultural studies community. Since then it had become one of the most important international conferences in cultural studies where scholars from all five continents get together to exchange their scholarly insights as well as to get in touch with different cultures. Organized by the
Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), Crossroads conference is now held every two years in different parts of the world: Birmingham in UK, Illinois in US, Istanbul in Turkey and Kingston in Jamaica.
Katherine Gibson is
Professor of Human Geography at the Centre for
Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of
Western Sydney. She has a BSc (Hons) from the
University of Sydney, Australia and an MA and PhD
from the Graduate School of Geography, Clark
University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
She is an economic geographer
engaged in rethinking economic concepts in the light
of feminist and poststructuralist theory. Her
research interests have been shared over three
decades with Professor Julie Graham from the
University of Massachusetts, USA, with whom she
shares a collective authorial presence as J.K.
Tony Bennett is
Professor of Sociology at the Open University and a
Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the
University of Melbourne. He will be moving to the
University of Western Sydney in 2010 as Professor of
Social and Cultural Theory in the Centre for
Cultural Research. He is a Fellow of the
Australian Academy of the Humanities. Recent
publications Pasts Beyond Memory: Evolution,
Museums, Colonialism; New Keywords: A Revised
Vocabulary of Culture and Society (edited with
Larry Grossberg and Meaghan Morris); The Sage
Handbook of Cultural Analysis (edited with John
Frow) and Culture, Class Distinction (with
Mike Savage, Elizabeth Silva, Alan Warde, Modesto
Gayo-Cal and David Wright).
Anne Balsamo's work focuses on the relationship
between the culture and technology. This focus
informs her practice as a scholar, researcher, new
media designer, and entrepreneur. She is currently
a Full Professor of Interactive Media in the School
of Cinematic Arts, and of Communications in the
Annenberg School of Communications at University of
Southern California. She directs the Interactive
Media Co-Design Lab that houses research projects on
tangible culture, immersive media, and stereoscopic
Josephine Ho is
Distinguished Professor of The Center for the Study
of Sexualities, Department of English at National
Central University, Chungli,Taiwan (http://sex.ncu.edu.tw). She founded and continues to head the Center for
the Study of Sexualities at National Central
University widely-known for both its activism and
intellectual stamina. She has been writing cultural
criticism on a wide array of subjects, most notably
gender/sexuality issues, since the early 1990s and
has been working to promote the institutionalization
of cultural studies in the academy. She served as
president of Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan
Kara Keeling’s research has focused on African American film, representations of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema, critical theory, and cultural studies. Her book,
The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense
(Duke University Press, 2007), explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, minority politics, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative organizations of social life. She is co-editor (with Colin MacCabe and Cornel West) of a selection of writings by the late James A. Snead entitled
European Pedigrees/ African Contagions: Racist Traces and Other Writing and author of several articles that have appeared in the journals
Qui Parle, The Black Scholar, Women and Performance,
and elsewhere. Her current research involves issues of
temporality, media and black and queer cultural politics;
digital media, globalization,
Sandro Mezzadra (1963)
works as Associate Professor of “History of
Political Thought” at the Department of Politics,
Institutions, History of the University of Bologna,
where he teaches “Colonial and Postcolonial Studies”
and “Frontiers of Citizenship”. He has been “eminent
research fellow” at the Centre for Cultural Research
of the University of Western Sydney, Australia
PUN Ngai Associate Professor at Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong
Kong Polytechnic University, and Vice Director of Peking U- PolyU China
Social Work Research Center. She is the author of Made in China: Women
Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (Duke University Press and Hong Kong
University Press, 2005) which is the book winner of C. Wright Award of 2006.
Her current interests include global production, gender and labor in China.
She is also the President of the Chinese Working Women Network.
Vinod Raina, a
physicist by profession, resigned from Delhi
University to devote full time to grassroots work.
He is one of the pioneers of the People’s Science
Movement in India that attempts to empower people to
plan and implement their own developmental ideas and
needs, so as to reverse the trickle-down paradigm of
development. He is founding member of Eklavya, an
NGO which has been advocating alternative education
for more than two decades, whose curriculum was
adopted in the state school educational system.
Vinod has helped set up the All-India People’s
Science Network (AIPSN) and the Bharat Gyan Vigyan
Samiti (BGVS). He is presently a member of the apex
educational body of the Government of India, the
Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE).
Andrew Ross is Professor and Chair of the Department
of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York
University. He is the author of several books,
including Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and
Labor in Precarious Times; Fast Boat to
China--Lessons from Shanghai, Low Pay, High
Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor, No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs,
and The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty and
the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town.
He has also edited several books, including No
Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade, and the Rights of
Garment Workers, Anti-Americanism, and The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and
the Future of the Academic Workplace.
Catherine Walsh is senior professor and director of the
Latin American Cultural Studies Doctoral Program at the
Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador where she
also directs the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino, a project
dedicated to the recuperation of knowledge in
Afro-Ecuadorian communities, and the Intercultural Workshop.
She has been an invited professor and scholar throughout the
Americas. Her current research interests include the
geopolitics of knowledge, decolonial thought and pedagogies,
interculturality, and the political-epistemic force of
present day Afro Andean and Indigenous movements, including
with regard to the re-founding of State.