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On Tuesday 8 November we are delighted to be hosting a book launch for Asia Research Institute member Dr Hongwei Bao.
Dr Bao will be discussing his publication Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance. He will be joined by guest speaker Dr Jamie Zhao (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China). In this ground-breaking study, Hongwei Bao analyses queer theatre and performance in contemporary China and the Chinese diaspora. This book documents various forms of queer performance - including art, music, film, theatre, and social activism - in the first two decades of the twenty first century. In doing so, Bao argues for the importance of performance for queer identity and community formation. This trailblazing work uses queer performance as an analytical lens to challenge heteronormative modes of social relations and hegemonic narratives of historiography. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of media and cultural studies, theatre and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies and Asian studies.
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