The Faculty Joins Hands with the ARTS Faculty to Launch the Gender Studies Concentration


The Gender Studies Concentration (jointly-offered by 10 departments from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences) held its official launch on 13 February 2017 in collaboration with the Library.

Six honorable guests officiated the Opening Ceremony, including Prof. Ricky Wong, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning); Prof. Chen Zhi, Acting Dean of Arts; Prof. Adrian J. Bailey, Dean of Social Sciences; Prof. John Erni, Co-Chair, Gender Studies Concentration Management Committee (CMC) and Head of Department of Humanities and Creative Writing; Prof. Clara Wing-chung Ho, Co-Chair, Gender Studies CMC and Head of History Department; and Mr. Paul Lee, Associate Librarian.

Prof. Chen, Prof. Bailey and Mr. Lee delivered the opening remarks, extending their congratulations on the launch of the first inter-Faculty Concentration in Gender Studies at HKBU, encouraging more Faculties’ involvement, more instructors’ support as well as more students to take this opportunity to enrich their studies in gender-related issues.

The Opening Ceremony was followed by an Information Session, chaired by Prof. Erni and Prof. Ho. It attracted more than 70 faculty members and students.

Prof. Ruby Lai from Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory University, delivered a lecture after the Information Session entitled “Feminist Landscapes: Teaching and Writing the History of India”. Professor Lal discussed the lives of nineteenth-century Indian women and the history of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan. She emphasised that gender studies provides a way of questioning the archive and reflecting on different viewpoints. Her interdisciplinary teaching and research experiences demonstrate that gender studies is more than an academic subject that encompasses lived experience and social development. The talk was chaired by Dr. David Schley from the History Department.  

The Gender Studies Concentration is open to all undergraduate students at HKBU from Semester 2, 2016/17. An exhibition at the Library will be held from 13 February to 9 March 2017.