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Prof. John Nguyet ERNI | 陳錦榮教授

Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics, Chair Professor in Humanities and Department Head

Office: RRS 605

Tel: 3411 7860

Email: johnerni@hkbu.edu.hk

Academic training in cultural studies, communication theory and research, media studies, and international human rights law. Elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities in 2014. Elected the Academy's President in 2017.  Previously Head of Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, and taught at City University of Hong Kong, University of New Hampshire, and University of Wisconsin. Educated at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD), University of Oregon (MA), University of Hong Kong (LLM in Human Rights), and Whitworth University (BA). Research focus on international and Asia-based media and cultural studies; gender and sexual politics related to media and visual culture; youth popular culture studies in transnational contexts; critical public health studies; the cultural politics of race/ethnicity; human rights philosophy and politics. 

Teaching Areas: cultural studies, cultural theories, media studies, research methods, critical race theory, queer theory, human rights, legal humanities 

Selected Funded Projects:

2012-present, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Cultural Studies, Human Rights, and the Legal Imagination: Reframing Critical Justice.” A book project with Ashgate Publishing UK.

 

2012-2014, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Visual Narratives and the Making of Ethnic Feelings: A Cultural Study of Affect, Ethnicity, and Practices of Social Recognition among South Asians in Hong Kong,” RGC GRF (HKD936,406).

 

2010-2014, Erni, John, Co-Investigator, “Mapping the Hong Kong Game Industry: Cultural Policy, Creativity and the Asian Market,” RGC Strategic Public Policy Grant (HKD3.5 million)

 

2010-2012 , Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Sex/Text: A Netnographic Analysis of Internet Sex Chatting and ‘Vernacular Masculinity’ in Hong Kong,” Direct Research Grant, Lingnan University (HKD108,000)

 

2008-2009, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Toward an Interconnected Cultural Citizenship: An Empirical Study of a Transborder Public Culture of Health in the Hong Kong-Guangdong Region,” RGC CERG (HKD505,050)

 

2006-2007, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Agents of Cultural Circulation: An Empirical Study of the Tourist Service Class as Cultural Intermediaries in the Pearl River Delta,” RGC CERG (HKD586,336)

 

2003-2005, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Transnational Text, Local Reading: A Reception Study of Harry Potter and the Formation of Middle-class Culture in Urban China,” RGC CERG (HKD566,600)

 

1999-2001, Erni, John, Co-Investigator, “Popular Culture Consumption and Youth Identities in Hong Kong: Trajectories and Transitions,” RGC CERG (HKD452,000)

Representative Publications:

2016 (forthcoming), Erni, John N.  Cultural Studies, Human Rights, and the Legal Imagination: Reframing Critical Justice.  UK: Ashgate Publishing.


2014, Erni, John N. and Leung, Lisa, Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 


2013, Erni, John N. “When Chinese Kids meet Harry Potter:Translating Consumption and Middle-class Identification.”  In Anthony Y.H. Fung (ed.), Asian Popular Culture: The Global Discontinuity.  New York: Taylor and Francis, 21-41.


2013, Erni, John N.“Law, Embodiment, and the Case of ‘Harborcide’.”  In Jeroen de Kloet & Lena Scheen (eds.), Spectacle and the city – Urbanity in popular culture and art in East Asia.  Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, 227-242.


2012, Erni, John N. “Who Needs Strangers?: Un-imagining Hong Kong Chineseness.”  Chinese Journal of Communication, 5(1): 1-10.  


2012, Erni, John N. “Who Needs Human Rights: Cultural Studies and Public Institutions.” In Meaghan Morris and Mette Hjort (eds.), Creativity and Academic Activism: Instituting Cultural Studies.  Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 175-190.


2011, Erni, John N. “Legal Education and the Rise of Rights-consciousness in China.”  In Zelizer, Barbie (ed.), Making the University Matter.  London and New York: Routledge, 228-235.


2011, Erni, John N. (Ed.).  Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations.  New York & London: Routledge. 


2009, Erni, John N. “War, ‘Incendiary Media’, International Human Rights Law.”  Media, Culture  &  Society, 31(6): 1-20.  


2009, Erni, John N. “Human Rights in the Neo-liberal Imagination: Mapping the ‘New Sovereignties’,” Cultural Studies, 23(3): 417-436. 


2008, Erni, John N. “Enchanted: Harry Potter and Magical Capitalism in Urban China.”  Chinese Journal of Communication, 1(2): 138-155. 


2008, Erni, John N. “Almost Under the Same Sky: Reclaiming Urbanity beyond an Epidemic.” Meaghan Morris, ed., Special Issue on “Urban Imaginaries,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 9(4): 598-611.


2007, Erni, John N. “SARS, Avian Flu, and the Urban Double-take.”  In Deborah Davis & Helen Siu (eds.), SARS: Reception and Interpretation in Three Chinese Cities.  New York: Routledge, 45-73.


2007, Erni, John N. “Gender and Everyday Evasions: Moving with Cantopop,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 8(1) (March): 86-105. 


2006, Erni, John N. “Epidemic Imaginary: Performing Global Figurations of ‘Third World AIDS’,” Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces, 9(4): 429-452.


2005, Erni, John N. & Chua Siew Keng (Eds.)  Asian Media Studies: Politics of Subjectivities.  Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass.; Victoria, Australia: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 


2005, Abbas, Ackbar & Erni, John N. (Eds.).  Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology.  Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass.; Victoria, Australia: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.  Translated into Chinese edition, published by Peking University Press, June 2006.


2001, Erni, John N. and Spires, Anthony J. (2001).  “Glossy Subjects: G & L Magazine and ‘Tongzhi’ Cultural Visibility in Taiwan,” Sexualities, 4(1): 25-49. 


2001, Erni, John N. “Media Studies and Cultural Studies: A Symbiotic Convergence.” In Toby Miller (ed.), A Companion to Cultural Studies.  Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 187-213.


2001, Erni, John N. “Like a Postcolonial Culture: Hong Kong Re-imagined,” Cultural Studies, 15(3/4): 389-418.  


1998, Erni, John N.  “Queer Figurations in the Media: Critical Reflections on the Michael Jackson Sex Scandal,” Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 15: 158-180. 


1994, Erni, John N. Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of “Curing” AIDS.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.  

Selected Grants:

2012-2014, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Visual Narratives and the Making of Ethnic Feelings: A Cultural Study of Affect, Ethnicity, and Practices of Social Recognition among South Asians in Hong Kong,” RGC GRF (HKD936,406).


2010-2014, Erni, John, Co-Investigator, “Mapping the Hong Kong Game Industry: Cultural Policy, Creativity and the Asian Market,” RGC Strategic Public Policy Grant (HKD3.5 million)


2010-2012 , Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Sex/Text: A Netnographic Analysis of Internet Sex Chatting and ‘Vernacular Masculinity’ in Hong Kong,” Direct Research Grant, Lingnan University (HKD108,000)


2009-2011, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Human Rights as Legal-cultural Struggles: Examining Three Landmark Cases and Issues in Post-1997 Hong Kong,” Direct Research Grant, Lingnan University (HKD95,000)


2009-2010 , Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Reconstructing the Cultural Aspirations of Middle-classness among Young Adults: An Empirical Investigation,” Academic Programme Research Grant (Arts), Lingnan University (HKD30,000)


2008-2009, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Toward an Interconnected Cultural Citizenship: An Empirical Study of a Transborder Public Culture of Health in the Hong Kong-Guangdong Region,” RGC CERG (HKD505,050)


2007-2008, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Race, Culture and Law: A Study of the Formation of Subjecthood among Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong,” Academic Programme Research Grant (Arts), Lingnan University (HKD29,600; USD3,795)


2006-2007, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Agents of Cultural Circulation: An Empirical Study of the Tourist Service Class as Cultural Intermediaries in the Pearl River Delta,” RGC CERG (HKD586,336)


2004, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “SARS, Civil Society and the Media: Toward a New Public Culture?,” FHS Research Grant, CityU (HKD62,100)


2003-2005, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Transnational Text, Local Reading: A Reception Study of Harry Potter and the Formation of Middle-class Culture in Urban China,” RGC CERG (HKD566,600)


2003, Erni, John, Principal Investigator, “Constructing ‘Managerial Masculinity’ in Hong Kong’s Corporate Culture: Views of Junior Male Employees,” Small-Scale Research Grant, CityU (HKD51,660)


1999-2001, Erni, John, Co-Investigator, “Popular Culture Consumption and Youth Identities in Hong Kong: Trajectories and Transitions,” RGC CERG (HKD452,000)