Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Chu Kiu-wai
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities
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Kiu-wai Chu (朱翹瑋) is Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities, and a faculty member of the Chinese programme. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature in University of Hong Kong, and his previous degrees from SOAS University of London and University of Cambridge. He was a visiting Fulbright scholar in University of Idaho, and Postdoctoral Fellows in University of Zurich and Western Sydney University.

In 2022-23, he is selected Luce East Asia Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and is there in residence to work on his book project, Chinese Eco-images in the Planetary Age: The Multispecies World of Humans, Animals and Plants (provisionally titled).

His research focuses on ecocriticism, environmental humanities, human-animal studies, and contemporary cinema and visual art, specifically in Chinese and Southeast Asian contexts. His work has appeared in Oxford Bibliographies; books such as Transnational Ecocinema; Animated Landscapes; Ecomedia: Key Issues; The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema; Cli-fi: A Companion; Chinese Environmental Humanities; and journals Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture; Journal of Chinese Cinemas; Journal of Chinese Governance; Asian Cinema; photographies, Screen, and elsewhere.

He is a Living Lexicon Editor of journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press), and editorial board member of journals Media+Environment (University of California Press), Journal of Environmental Media (Intellect Books), and the book series "Green Media" (Amsterdam University Press) and "African and Asian Anthropocene: Studies in the Environmental Humanities" (Brill).

He is an Executive Council Member-at-large of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-US) (2021-23). He is also a member of the Asian Cinema Research Lab (ACR Lab).
Kiu-wai’s major research explores how cinema, literature, media and arts represent nonhuman animals, nature and the environment; and how they impact people’s perceptions and actions towards environmental issues in contemporary world. It also examines how culture shapes, and is shaped by, the contacts and interactions between human and the more-than-human world (including animals, plants, inanimate objects, and the environment) in the Anthropocene.

Kiu-wai actively promotes cross-regional research and educational initiatives and collaborations in Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities, particularly in East and Southeast Asian regions. He welcomes global research collaborations with academics from all disciplines, and non-academics such as artists, curators, media workers and others on cultural and ecocritical projects.

Kiu-wai welcomes inquiries from potential MA and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests.
  • Creation and Analysis of a Digital Asset with the Gibson-Hill Photographic Collection
Fellowships & Other Recognition
National Humanities Center Fellow (Luce East Asia Fellowship 2022-23)
Courses Taught
In English
HV5001 Introduction to Environmental Humanities
HC5010 Animals in Chinese Culture

In Chinese
HC2040 Understanding China 理解中国
HC3018 Posthumanism in Chinese Literature, Film and Culture 后人类主义:华文文学、电影与文化
HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy 古今生态思想与哲学