Hong Kong Studies—Call for Papers (Issue 3)—Special Section on Orientalism Forty Years on; and General Research Papers

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HONG KONG STUDIES—Issue 3 (Spring 2019) Call for Papers—Special Section on Orientalism Forty Years on; and General Research Papers

The first bilingual and interdisciplinary academic journal on Hong Kong, Hong Kong Studies (Chinese University Press), is now accepting articles for Issue 3 (scheduled for publication in Spring 2019), which will comprise both general research articles on Hong Kong and a special section on Edward Said’s Orientalism.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Orientalism, one of the most influential works published in the last century, which has transformed the way many scholars in the humanities, social sciences and beyond conceived of their work. Orientalism’s focus however was on the “Anglo-French-American experience of the Arabs and Islam” and not East Asia or the “Far Orient” as Said calls it. He also warns against “sympathetic identification,” the idea that an eighteenth-century mind could breach the doctrinal walls between East and West and “see hidden elements of kinship between himself and the Orient,” which could evolve into an attempt to subordinate the Orient. In accepting Hong Kong’s position today as a region that still puts many of these walls between East and West into sharp focus, Hong Kong has also been assigned its own version of “Hong Kong Chinese ‘Orientalism’” in relation to its treatment of ethnic minorities (Lee Kim-ming 2010), and a recent roundtable discussion at the Hong Kong Arts Festival entitled “Orientalism Today” also explored what it called the “lingering appeal of escapist fantasies” in recent cultural productions focusing on Asian themes (2016). This section explores possible intersections between Hong Kong society, its representation, and the broad understanding of Orientalism today. This issue therefore seeks papers that explore possible dialogues between Said’s work, the practices and discourses Orientalism has come to speak for today, and representations of Hong Kong people and society.

We are also accepting general research articles on Hong Kong for Issue 3. We welcome papers from multiple fields in the social sciences and humanities. We also encourage intersectional and cross-disciplinary dialogues on Hong Kong.

Articles for either section of no more than 6,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography) should be sent to hongkongstudies@cuhk.edu.hk before 15 September 2018. If you are interested in writing a scholarly book review (1200-2000 words) for Hong Kong Studies, please first write to the editors to discuss the suitability of the proposed item. When submitting your work, please follow our style sheet, which is available under the “For Authors” section on our website (https://goo.gl/1PKA7E). Please also provide an abstract of 250 words and a short biographical note of no more than 50 words on a separate page. Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Michael O’Sullivan, Eddie Tay and Michael Tsang
The Editors
Hong Kong Studies

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