Postdoctoral Fellows Enhance the Ongoing Research, Teaching and Service Projects in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
- Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
Two Postdoctoral Fellows, Dr Lucinda Kerstin Fiona Newns and Dr Huang Kuan Hsiang were appointed in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies to enhance the department’s ongoing research, teaching and service projects. Dr Newns contributed to the department throughout the academic year 2020/21, and her term of service has just ended. Dr Huang will continue to be active in the department in the coming semester.
Dr Newns received her PhD from the London Metropolitan University, and she previously held lectureships at the Queen Mary University of London and the University of Manchester. She is the author of the English monograph Domestic Intersections in Contemporary Migration Fiction: Homing the Metropole (Routledge, 2019). Dr Newns’s research interests are in postcolonial literature, diasporic literature, ecocriticism and environmental humanities, feminist theory, and theories of space and place. She is now working on a new project that brings together approaches from diaspora theory and ecocriticism to study the relationship between human migration and the natural environment in postcolonial and world literature, intending to address the growing significance of climate-driven displacement.
Dr Huang received his PhD from the National Tsing Hua University. He is the author of the Chinese monograph Yi xiang qing yuan: Taiwan zuojia de Xianggang shuxie (A Study of Taiwanese Authors’ Writings on Hong Kong) (Independent Author, 2015). Dr Huang’s research interests include Hong Kong Literature, Taiwanese literature, as well as modern and contemporary literature in general. His current research focuses on analysing the ambiguity of the concepts “Hongkongness”, “local identity”, and “subjectivity” in the existing discussion of Hong Kong literature. He also strives to trace why the “subjectivity” of Hong Kong literature could not be manifested before 1975, and how the construction of “subjectivity” since the 1970s has continued to shape the ongoing development of Hong Kong literature.