Roundtable Discussion:
Orientalism Today

"Oriental" is an old-fashioned term, redolent of age-old stereotypes borne out of fantasy and prejudice. Yet we continue to stage, perform - and love - works that trade with "oriental" imagery, whether visual, verbal or musical. Think of Scheherazade or Turandot. This makes us uneasy. Hence the pleas for critical distance. But can we pass judgement without being reductive? Hasn't the time come for considering Asian stereotypes about the West? Taking cue from the programme of this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival such as La Bayadère and Dream of the Red Chamber, a panel of young scholars debate the lingering appeal of escapist fantasies and the role of Hong Kong as incubator of new ideas about East, West, and anything in between.


The Roundtable will be conducted in English.



Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso



Dr. José Vicente Neglia

Dr. Nathan Seinen

Dr. Winnie Yee



Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso is Associate Professor in Music, The University of Hong Kong. His work on the history and theory of listening practices reflects a long-standing interest in musical aesthetics, film music, and the history of global cinema. His most recent publication is the book Situated Listening (OUP, 2016). Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso is also a programme committee member at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.



Dr. Winnie Yee is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Programme Coordinator of MA in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are eco-criticism, contemporary Chinese literature and film, Hong Kong culture, and literary and cultural theories. She has published on Hong Kong and Chinese independent cinema, Chinese writers Dung Kai-cheung, Natalia Chan and P K Leung. She is currently working on a book project exploring the relationship between ecopoetics and Chinese independent film scene, and an edited volume on Asian Ecocinema.



Dr. José Vicente Neglia is an ethnomusicologist who specialises in popular music studies. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on underground rock culture in Tokyo. His research interests include sound studies, cultural memory, and issues of cultural production in contemporary underground and alternative popular musics. Dr. Neglia was a recipient of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship from 2011 to 2013, and he has presented at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the International Council for Traditional Music, as well as chapter meetings of the Society of Ethnomusicology. He is currently working on an ethnographic monograph on a genre of popular music called garage rock, which will explore aspects of cultural memory, retro-nostalgia, and revivalism in underground rock in Japan.   



Dr. Nathan Seinen teaches music history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His primary area of research is Russian music, with particular interests in opera and ballet. He is currently completing a monograph on Sergey Prokofiev's Soviet-period operas. He received his PhD in historical musicology from Cambridge University in 2012.


28 Nov 2016 (Mon)
7:00 - 8:30pm



University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong


Free admission, registration required


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