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Laikwan Pang

Laikwan Pang

Cultural Studies
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Fellow, 2021-22

As the CUHK-CASBS fellow, Laikwan Pang hopes to spend the year finishing a book manuscript on the intellectual and cultural history of state sovereignty in Modern China, exploring how this “foreign” concept was first received and continued to morph in the different political systems – imperial, republican, socialist, and post-socialist. This manuscript emphasizes particularly the changing relations between the sovereign and the people, as well as the tensions between democracy and state control in this turbulent history.

Pang is professor of cultural studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is the author of a few books, including, more recently, The Appearing Demos: Hong Kong During and After the Umbrella Movement (University of Michigan Press, 2021), The Art of Cloning: Creative Production During China’s Cultural Revolution (Verso Books, 2017), Creativity and Its Discontents: China’s Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Rights Offenses (Duke University Press, 2012), and The Distorting Mirror: Visual Modernity in China (University of Hawaii Press, 2007). Her books have received CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title and Chiang King-Kuo Foundation Publication Award, and she has also been awarded the Discovery International Award by Australia Research Council, as well as the Research Excellence Award and the Young Research Award by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.