Doing traditional culture in cultural studies

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Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

Event Title

KFCRD Cultural Studies Seminar & Cultural Magazine, Cultural Magazine, 2005-06

Document Type

Public Seminar




5:30 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.


GE101, General Education Building, Lingnan University


The field of study known as “Cultural Studies” has been mostly about popular culture and social movements. This talk is a reflection upon issues around doing traditional culture from the approaches of cultural studies. The speaker will draw on his own experience of crossing over from literary to cultural studies in investigating traditional Chinese theatre and rethink these questions: the marginality of some areas of cultural study, the “inter” and boundary-crossing condition of traditional cultural forms in cultural studies, the claiming and disclaiming the identity of doing cultural studies, the interaction between traditional disciplines and cultural studies, as well as the enchantment and disenchantment in doing cultural studies.



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Siu Leung Li is an associate professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University. He received his PhD in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was Joukowsky postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. He taught in the Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology before joining Lingnan University. He has published on gender and Chinese opera, Hong Kong popular culture and film, and comparative literary studies. His academic publications include Cross-Dressing in Chinese Opera (HKU Press, 2003), Hong Kong Connections: Transnational Imagination in Action Cinema (co-edited with Meagfcan Morris and Stephen Chan Ching-kiu (HKU Press, 2005), "Kung Fu: Negotiating Nationalism and Modernity" (Cultural Studies July 2001), Fouxiang Xianggang: lishi, wenhuaf Weilai" [Hong Kong un-imagined: history, culture, future] (co-authored with Wong Wang-chi and Chan Ching-kiu) (Taipei: Rye Field, 1997). Also trained in European classical music and flute performance, Li is a flute player and collects late nineteenth century French flutes as a hobby.

Recommended Citation

Li, S. L. (2005, November 21). Doing traditional culture in cultural studies [Video podcast]. Retrieved from