The courses of the Department attempt to provide students with a basic knowledge of sociological andanthropological concepts theories, and methods, applying these to the empirical study of topics which have some relevance to contemporary Hong Kong. Thus in addition to basic courses in theory and methods, regionally there are courses on Hong Kong itself, China and other Asian societies and topically there are courses on a wide range of sub-fields within sociology.





"Annual postgraduate conference 2014"

Date: 4th April, 2014
Location: University of Hong Kong



Beyond Equality and Protection: Transnational Sexual Politics in the 21st Century

ay 23, 2014 4:30pm-6:30pm
Rm814, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
For more information, please email:

Global debates generated by feminist and queer movements have shifted from focusing on formal legal equality and the pursuit of criminal prosecution for hate crimes of violence. Though these 20th century efforts persist in different forms and contexts around the world, recent political interventions address new issues: the sexual politics of empire (especially salient in European debates over Muslim immigration), the regulation of sexuality in postcolonial states (hotly debated in Africa), and the emergence of transgender activism (including in India, Iran and the Americas). These developments reflect the decline of American empire, and the rise of transnational modes of organizing. In this workshop we will address and discuss these developments, and assess their relevance in Hong Kong specifically and in Asia more generally.

Neo-Moralism Under Neoliberalism International Conference
May 24 - 25, 2014 Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme and Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

Feeling Neoliberal: The Politics of Affect in the Age of Greed
May 24, 2014 10:10am-11:30am LBY G01, Lingnan University For registration and information, please email: (co-presented by the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong)  

Lisa Duggan is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, and President Elect of the American Studies Association. She is the author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity, and Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy. She is co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest. Most recently, she is co-editor with Joseph DeFilippis, Kenyon Farrow and Richard Kim of A New Queer Agenda, a special e-book edition of The Scholar and the Feminist Online. She is currently at work on a book about marriage politics, Precarious Intimacies, and another on Ayn Rand and the politics of greed.


"The University of Hong Kong Department of Sociology Book Talk Series 2014"

Rebuilding the Ancestral Village: Singaporeans in China

DATE: 29 April, 2014 Tuesdays, 1:00-2:20pm
Rm929, 9/F, The Jockey Club Tower, HKU

SYNOPSIS: This work illustrates the relationship between one group of Singaporean Chinese and their ancestral village in Fujian, China.  It explores the reasons why the Singaporean Chinese continue to maintain ties with their ancestral village and how they reproduce Chinese culture through ancestor worship and religion in the ancestral village.  This ethnographic study examines two geographically distinct groups of Chinese coming together to re-establish their lineage and identity through cultural and economic activities.








The 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association

The Department of Sociology has hosted the 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA). [Photo]