John Erni

for coming to Crossroads 2012!

John Nguyet Erni is Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He previously taught at the City University of Hong Kong and the University of New Hampshire in the U.S.  His books include Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations (2011), Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology (with Ackbar Abbas, 2005), Asian Media Studies: The Politics of Subjectivities (with Siew Keng Chua, 2005), and Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of “Curing” AIDS (1994).  He has also published widely on critical public health, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, queer media, and youth popular consumption in Hong Kong and Asia. Over the past few years, since completing a Master of Laws in Human Rights at the University of Hong Kong, he has been working on projects that focus on the cultural-political reimagination of human rights (especially over the questions of gender/sexual rights and mediated speech rights). 




  • with Lisa Leung (forthcoming), Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong: A Critical Multicultural Approach, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 
  • 2011 (ed.), Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations, New York & London: Routledge.
  • with Ackbar Abbas (eds.), 2005, Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology, Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.  Translated into Chinese edition, published by Peking University Press, June 2006.
  • with Chua Siew Keng (eds.),  2005, Asian Media Studies: Politics of Subjectivities,  Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 
  • 1994, Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of “Curing” AIDS,  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Selected Edited Special Issues:

  • 2005, Special Issue: “The Philosophy of Communication Division of the ICA: Histories, Intellectual Trajectories, and Struggles,” Communication Review, n°8.
  • 2001, Special Issue: “Becoming (Postcolonial) Hong Kong,” Cultural Studies, Vol. 15, n°3/4.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • (forthcoming) 2012, “Who Needs Human Rights?: Cultural Studies and Public Institutions,” in Meaghan Morris and Mette Hjort (eds.), Instituting Cultural Studies,  Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 
  • 2011, “Legal Education and the Rise of Rights-consciousness in China,” in Zelizer, Barbie (ed.), Making the University Matter, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 228-235.
  • 2010, “Reframing Cultural Studies: Human Rights as a Site of Legal-cultural Struggles,” Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Vol. 7, n°3, pp. 221-229.
  • with Anthony Fung, 2010, “Clever Love: Dislocated Intimacies among Youth,”  Emotions, Space & Society, n°3, pp. 21-27.
  • 2010, “The Reconstituted Body in Law,” International Journal of Communication, n°4, pp. 226-230.
  • 2009, “War, ‘Incendiary Media,’ and International Human Rights Law,” Media, Culture  &  Society, Vol. 31, n°6, pp. 1-20.
  • 2009, “New Sovereignties and Neoliberal Ethics: Remapping the Human Rights Imaginary,”  Cultural Studies, Vol. 23, n°3, pp. 417-436.  Translated into Chinese in Law Wing Sang (ed.), Cultural Studies and Cultural Education,  Hong Kong: Step Forward Multimedia, 2010, pp. 98-121.
  • 2008, “Almost Under the Same Sky: Reclaiming Urbanity beyond an Epidemic,” Meaghan Morris (ed.), Special Issue on “Urban Imaginaries,”Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Vol. 9, n°4, pp. 598-611.
  • 2008, “Enchanted: Harry Potter and Magical Capitalism in Urban China,” Chinese Journal of Communication, Vol. 1, n°2, pp. 138-155.
  • 2008, “Out-performing identities,” in Angel Lin (ed.), Problematizing Identity: Everyday Struggles in Language, Culture, and Education, New York, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 193-198.
  • 2007, “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, pp. 45-73.
  • 2007, “Gender and Everyday Evasions: Moving with Cantopop,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Vol. 8, n°1, pp. 86-105.
  • 2006, “Epidemic Imaginary: Performing Global Figurations of ‘Third World AIDS’,” Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces, Vol. 9, n°4, pp. 429-452.