HKU Anthropology Research Network
The HKU Anthropology Research Network is a platform for anthropologists from across the University to share their work and consult on their contributions to the discipline from our perspective as cross-disciplinary anthropologists based in Hong Kong. Hosted by HKU Sociology, the Anthropology Research Network convenes a regular writing group for receiving feedback on manuscripts-in-progress, promotes anthropological events on-campus and acts as a meeting hub supporting anthropologists visiting the University.
Anthropology at HKU
While HKU does not have an independent anthropology department, the discipline has had a long presence at the University. HKU Sociology’s founding Head (1967-69), Professor Keith Hopkins, was a historian of Classical Rome who combined an anthropological interest in myth and narrative with sociological demographics to paint a dynamic picture of social change in antiquity. The second Head (1969-87), Professor Murray Groves, was an anthropologist who had conducted field research in New Guinea. Since the founding of the Department in 1966, anthropology has always been a core stream of teaching and research, in which anthropologists work closely with sociologists and criminologists. Qualitative and ethnographic methods are strongly represented in all areas of the department.
Anthropology has also always been central to the work of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, founded by the anthropologist Helen Siu in 2001. Within the Institute, anthropologists work closely with historians and scholars of other disciplines.
More recently, the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine in the Faculty of Arts has become an important centre for medical anthropology in Hong Kong. Anthropologists also teach in the Faculty of Law and in Japanese Studies.
The HKU Anthropology Research Network, hosted by HKU Sociology, represents the latest stage in the development of anthropology within the University.
- Steve Cheung, HKIHSS/Sociology
- Jedidah Kroncke, Faculty of Law
- Sylvia Martin, Sociology
- Tom McDonald, Sociology
- Laura Meek, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine/Comparative Literature
- David Palmer, HKIHSS/Sociology
- Priscilla Song, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine/History
- Timothy Gitzen, Faculty of Arts
- Anna Iskra, HKIHSS/Centre for the Humanities and Medicine
- Liu Zhao, HKIHSS
- Joseba Estevez, HKIHSS/University of Münster
- Rao Yichen, HKIHSS
- Martin Tse, HKIHSS
- Yan Tianyi, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine
Our network members teach a wide range of anthropologically-grounded courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Please see members’ personal webpages for information on the courses they teach. Some core courses in anthropology or with strong anthropological content are the following. In addition, given the strong ethnographic orientation of HKU Sociology, many sociology courses have significant overlap with anthropological themes, theories and methods.
Common Core courses
- CCGL9063 How to Make (Sense of) Money
- CCGL9064 Body Politics: Local Worlds, Global Processes
- CCHU9014 Spirituality, Religion and Social Change
- CLIT 2016 The Body in Culture
- CLIT 2100 Fugitive Science: Science and Technology Studies (STS) Approaches to Facts and Fakes
- CLIT 2101 Imagining Africa Otherwise
- HIST4034 Oral History and Ethnographic Research Methods
- SOCI1003 Introduction to Anthropology
- SOCI2035 Special Topics in Anthropology
- SOCI2019 Modern Culture and Lifestyles
- CHMD7001 Research Methods in the Humanistic Study of Science, Technology, Medicine, and Health
- IHSS6005 Selected Topics on Religion and Society in Asia
- IHSS6007 Selected Topics in Anthropology
- SOCI6011 Ethnographic Research Methods
Individuals wishing to undertake a research postgraduate degree in anthropology are advised to approach individual Faculty members (listed above) who best match their research interests with preliminary research project proposals.
For enquires regarding the HKU Anthropology Research Network, please contact Professor David Palmer (firstname.lastname@example.org).