Academic Profile

Kiu-wai Chu 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.

His research focuses on ecocriticism, environmental humanities, 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 (ACR Lab).

He is offering the following courses:
In English
HV8001 Introduction to Environmental Humanities
HC8010 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
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Asst Prof Chu Kiu-wai
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Kiu-wai’s major research explores how cinema, media and arts represent 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 age.

Kiu-wai is also actively promoting 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

  • Global Asia in the Anthropocene: Comparison and Relation" is an ecocritical project that examines Chinese, Sinophone andbroader Asian cinema, art, literature and culture in the Anthropocene epoch
  • Chu Kiu-wai. (2019). The imagination of eco-disaster: Post-disaster rebuilding in Asian cinema. Asian Cinema, 30(2), 255-272.

  • Chu, Kiu-wai.(2019). Worms in the Anthropocene: The Multispecies World in Xu Bing’s Silkworm Series. Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the MarginsU.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Chu, Kiu-wai. (2017). Screening Environmental Challenges in China: Three Modes of Ecocinema. Journal of Chinese Governance, 2(4), 437-459.

  • Chu, Kiu-wai.(2019). Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2014) – Adventure Cli-Fi. Cli-fi: A Companion(73-80). Oxford; New York: Peter Lang.

  • Chu, Kiu-wai (co-authored with Winnie L.M. Yee).(2018). Local Stories, Global Catastrophe: Reconstructing Nation and Asian Cinema in Japan’s 3.11 Films. The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema(667-687). U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Chu, Kiu-wai (2021). Ruptured Shanshui: Composite Landscape Photography from Lang Jingshan to Yang Yongliang. Photographies, 14(1), 3-14.

  • Chu Kiu-wai (2021). Humans/Mermaids/Dolphins: Endangerment, Empathy and Multispecies Coexistence in Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid. Embodied Memories, Embedded Healing: New Ecological Perspectives from East Asia Lexington Books.

  • Chu Kiu-wai. (2022). Screening Vulnerability in the Anthropocene:
    Island of The Hungry Ghosts and the Eco-Ethics of Refugee Cinema. Screen: No.62.4 Special dossier issue on “Tracing the Anthropocene in Southeast Asian Cinemas”. U:K: Oxford University Press.