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.



Abstract for Sociology and Gender Theory
Why ‘heteronormativity’ is not enough: towards a feminist sociological alternative to queer critiques.
Stevi Jackson

While queer theory has provided us with useful conceptual tools in analysing the articulation between gender and normative heterosexuality it also has some drawbacks, in particular in relation to the intersection between heteronormativity and gender hierarchy, the hierarchical ordering of heterosexualities, the intersections between gendered/sexual and other inequalities and the everyday ways in which institutionalised heterosexuality is perpetuated, modified, negotiated and (sometimes) challenged. This also raises the problem of both individual and collective/political agency, essential to address in order to explain and envisage change. Drawing on my own past work on theorizing heterosexuality (e.g. Jackson 2005) and revisiting Connell’s (1985) analysis of structure and practice, I will argue for an understanding of the complexity of the social. I aim to demonstrate that a sociological imagination is essential in order to understand the varied ways in which gendered sexual lives are changing in contemporary societies throughout the world. I will illustrate my arguments with insights from a comparative study of women’s intimate lives in Hong Kong and Britain (see e.g. Jackson, Ho and Na 2013), which brings into relief the interrelationships between socio-political and economic contexts, colonial legacies, local cultures, everyday practices and the social foundations of individual agency.

December 9, 2014 (Tuesday)
Rm813, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, HKU

Workshop on improving writing skills for graduate students
The purpose of this workshop is to think about writing as a craft and to reflect upon what is needed to produce good academic writing and to write for different audiences in the English language. While this will include tips on grammar and vocabulary, the main emphasis is on structure and style, on enhancing clarity and fluency and conveying complex ideas without the prose becoming too dense to be easily understood. What makes a piece of writing interesting rather than boring, fluent rather than stilted, accessible rather than difficult to read? These are the questions we will raise. The workshop will be interactive, with students expected to contribute ideas, raise questions and ask advice about aspects of writing they find difficult. In addition I will discuss different approaches to the process of writing and issues of redrafting, editing and condensing.

December 12, 2014 (Friday)
Rm701, 7/F, The Jocket Club Tower, HKU

Biographical note
Stevi Jackson is Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York, UK. She is author of Childhood and Sexuality (Blackwell 1982), Christine Delphy (Sage 1996) and Heterosexuality in Question (Sage 1999), and co-author, with Sue Scott, of Theorizing Sexuality (Open University Press, 2010) and, with Momin Rahman, of Gender and Sexuality: Sociological Approaches (Polity 2010). She has co-edited a number of collections including, with Sue Scott, Gender: A Sociological Reader (Routledge 2002)and with Liu Jieyu and Woo Juhyun, East Asian Sexualities: Intimacy, Modernity and New Sexual Cultures (Zed Books 2008). She has also published numerous articles on sexuality and intimacy. She is currently working, with Petula Sik Ying Ho (University of Hong Kong), on a project comparing women’s experiences of social change in Britain and Hong Kong and writing a book based on this research provisionally entitled Women Doing Intimacy: Gender, Family and Modernity in Hong Kong and Britain, which is to be published in Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Studies in Family and Intimate Life’ series.

Department of Sociology and American Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures


Coalition Building in the Early Gay Liberation Movement: The Hong Kong Connection Before & After the First Lesbian & Gay March on Washington in 1979--Daniel C. Tsang, University of California, Irvine

The speaker will address the radical roots of gay liberation organizing and coalition building in the United States that culminated in the October 1979 Lesbian & Gay March on Washington, where he helped organize a gay Asian contingent. He will talk about how activism in the United States and Canada impacted the early underpinnings of gay liberation in Hong Kong. He also details the activities and writings of Sam Ng Siu-ming, from Hong Kong, who actually visited the White House as part of a delegation of gay people of color in 1979, and founded Pink Triangle Press in Hong Kong on his return.  Ng was also the key individual to introduce early German gay liberationist Magnus Hirschfeld to Hong Kong readers. Tsang ends his talk by comparing the early gay liberation struggles with the activities of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. 

Daniel C. Tsang is Distinguished Librarian at the University of California, Irvine, Libraries, where he selects materials in Asian American Studies, Politics and Economics.  He also is the Data Librarian there and received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from ICPSR, the social science data archive at the University of Michigan.   He has written for the alternative and mainstream media, including the Far Eastern Economic Review, as well as for scholarly publications. He served as a Fulbright Scholar doing research in Vietnam in 2004.  He hosts a radio show turned podcast, Subversity, and blogs at   He did his graduate work at the University of Michigan.  Born in Hong Kong he identifies as a Hong Konger.

Date : 27th November 2014 ( Fri) 16:00 - 18:00
Venue : Rm813, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, HKU



BigLove Alliance second seminar in HKU on gender and representation of this relationship in music

'BigLove Alliance will host the second 【同音樂】 seminars in universities of Hong Kong to discuss on topics about gender and representation of this relationship in music. Let's join us to create a new world of equality by singing, reading and creating!

第二場座談會 題目: 紅顏知命 沒女求生 烈女當歌 芬芳談 

Date 日期: 28th November 2014 ( Fri) 18:00 - 20:00 2014年11月28日(星期五) 晚上六時至八時 
Venue 地點: MC³@ Room 702, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU 香港大學 百周年校園賽馬會教學樓MC³@702室 

Speakers 講者:Dr. HO Sik-ying, Petula 何式凝 x Travis S.K. Kong江紹祺 x Fong Hao Wen, Charmaine方皓玟

Content 內容: 
Two strong and powerful women, Dr. Ho Sik -ying and actress Charmaine Fong are the entertainers and tastemakers who are inspiring change and driving conversation of sexuality in Hong Kong. They will join hands with Dr. Travis Kong in leading us to explore the definition and re-imagination of sexuality and feminism. 

Host 主辦: BigLove Alliance大愛同盟 
Co-Host 合辦: Renaissance Foundation 文藝復興基金會 
Sponsor 贊助: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Unit, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau政制及內地事務局性別認同及性傾向小組 
School publication校園宣傳: Action Q大專同志行動 & Department of Sociology, HKU香港大學社會學系

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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]