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. He is Luce East Asia Fellow 2022-23 at the National Humanities Center . His research focuses on ecocriticism, environmental humanities, human-animal studies, and contemporary cinema and visual art, specifically in Chinese, and broader East and Southeast Asian contexts.

He is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Ecomedia Studies (Routledge, 2023) and Coming of Age in Chinese Literature and Cinema: Sinophone Variations of the Bildungsorman (Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming in 2024). He is working on his monograph, provisionally titled Chinese Eco-images in the Planetary Age. 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; ASAP/J, and elsewhere.

He is currently a Living Lexicon Co-editor of journal Environmental Humanities (Duke U.P.), and an elected Executive Council Member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-US) (2021-23).

He is also an editorial advisory board member of journals ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford U.P.), Media+Environment (University of California Press), Journal of Environmental Media (Intellect Books), and the book series "Green Media" (Amsterdam U.P.); "African and Asian Anthropocene: Studies in the Environmental Humanities" (Brill); "Entanglements: Rethinking Comparison in the Long Contemporary" (HKU Press), and "Liverpool Studies in Literature and Environment" (Liverpool U.P.).
Kiu-wai’s major research explores how cinema, media and arts address issues related to nonhuman animals, nature and the environment; and how they impact people’s perceptions and actions towards environmental changes in contemporary world. It examines the confluence and dialogues between Chinese and western ecological thoughts and theories; and 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 PhD and MA students with research interests on environmental humanities in Chinese and broader Asian contexts.
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Fellowships & Other Recognition
National Humanities Center Fellow (Luce East Asia Fellowship 2022-23)
Courses Taught
HV5001 Introduction to Environmental Humanities
HC5010 Animals in Chinese Culture
HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy 古今生态思想与哲学
HC3018 Posthumanism in Chinese Literature, Film and Culture 后人类主义:华文文学、电影与文化
HC2040 Understanding China 理解中国