Dialogues in Research: New Frontiers in the Humanities: Digital Humanities & Medical Humanities

February 25, 2016

Dialogues in Research: New Frontiers in the Humanities: Digital Humanities & Medical Humanities

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Date: 25 February 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 12:00nn – 1:30pm

Venue: G24, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK

Speakers: Dr. Christopher Patterson (CUHK) and Prof. Harry Yi-Jui Wu (HKU)

Chair: Prof. Lim Song Hwee (CUHK)

Online Registration: http://goo.gl/forms/4bwWUY5Mf1


Conducted in English. Light refreshment will be provided.

Registration is required by 23 February 2016. First-come, first-served.



Dr. Christopher B. Patterson’s research and teaching spans the breadth of cultural studies, including Asian diasporic literatures, Postcolonial and diaspora studies, digital humanities, queer and gender studies, critical theory, and video games. His work is informed by his mixed family background, which includes historic stops in China, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Mainland America. Likewise, his work centers on questions of race, transnational labor and empire. To date, his publications have focused on two areas of study: Asian diasporic literatures in English, and imperial attitudes in video games. His book monograph, Transitive Cultures: Transpacific Anglophone Literature, is currently in progress, and he is currently undertaking a research project on games, “Open World Empire: The Cultural Politics of Interactivity.” He hosts the podcast series, New Books in Asian American Studies, and has been active as an organizer for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and other research groups.

Before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong in December 2015, Patterson taught for two years in Nanjing, China, and for over five years as a graduate student at the University of Washington, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2013. He is a creative writer under the name Kawika Guillermo, and has published stories in numerous journals while performing editing work for decomP and Drunken Boat. His debut novel, Stamped, will be published in Winter 2017.


Dr. Harry Yi-Jui Wu, MD. DPhil is Assistant Professor at Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, The University of Hong Kong. He received his medical degree in Taiwan in 2004. Before pursuing his career in humanities, he briefly worked at Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei as a resident doctor in psychiatry. From 2005 to 2012, he went on studying psychoanalysis at the University of Essex and the University of Oxford, where he was Clifford Norton Student in the history of science at The Queen’s College. From 2012-2013 he was postdoctoral fellow at Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, HKU. From 2013 to 2015, he taught history and medical humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

With a broad range of interests derived from his training background in the history of medicine, Harry has applied historical and ethnographic research methods on several ongoing projects. They include cross-cultural mental health, death and dying, global health and medical ethics. He had recently published articles on Taiwan Journal of Anthropology, The Lancet, History of Psychiatry, and Medical History. A co-edited special issue on ‘Transnational History of Psy Sciences in East and Southeast Asia’ will be published with East Asian Science, Technology and Society in coming March. He is also preparing his first monograph on the social history of international classification of psychiatric diagnoses.



Enquiry: 3943 1255 / cuccs@cuhk.edu.hk