Hong Kong Discourse: Surveillance, Resistance, and Transformation

deadline for submissions: 
March 20, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Magdalen Ki and Wayne Liang
contact email: 

Extended Deadline--Call for Book Chapters: Hong Kong Discourse: Surveillance, Resistance, and Transformation

Publisher: Brill

Editors: Magdalen Ki (Hong Kong Baptist University), Wayne Liang (Lingnan University)


  • Deadline for submitting chapter proposals (400 words): 20 March, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance: 31 March 2022
  • Deadline for final submissions (6000-10,000 words): 31 July, 2022

The editors invite 400-word abstracts for a collection to be published by Brill. This interdisciplinary project aims to investigate the politics of Hong Kong discourse by foregrounding different topics such as freedom and self-censorship, identity politics and body politics, translation/education/language/literature and social change.

We welcome papers that deal with questions regarding the long-term construction of language politics, identity politics, and body politics in Hong Kong. As a historic cultural hub that gathers traditionalists, revolutionaries, multi-ethnic citizens, and immigrants, Hong Kong has always been a “well-blended” domain that enables the proliferation of different discourses to question surveillance, disenfranchisement, the dogmas of integrationism as well as separatism. Hong Kong has survived premodern Chinese feudalism, modern British colonialism, Japanese invasion, and the post-1997 hybrid “One Country, Two Systems” governmentality. In the face of social and political divergences, Hong Kong people produce discourses that reveal an unprecedented level of conflicts, diversity, and complexity. This interdisciplinary project will make a significant and timely contribution to Hong Kong studies, in particular, in a period where the city is undergoing significant surveillance, resistance and transformation. This project aims to understand the distinctive features of Hong Kong discourse, the nature of Hong Kong as an adaptive and transformative society, and how different disciplines in the humanities can bring new insights to post-colonial Hong Kong language, communication, literary expressions, and cross-cultural translation.

Please send proposals of 400 words and a brief biographical statement to Magdalen Ki (wingki@hkbu.edu.hk), Wayne Liang (wayneliang@ln.edu.hk) by 20 March, 2022.