Dr Eva Li

Lecturer in Sociology (Media and Cultural Studies Team)

Current Teaching

I am a media and cultural researcher with research interests in fandom and audiences, East Asian popular culture, gender and sexuality, intimacy, transnational feminism, and queer Asian studies.

My research interests focus on two inter-related areas: (1) East Asian media and culture and (2) gender and sexuality, through the lens of the multi-directional flows of transnational and regional popular culture, audience participation (or non-participation), and everyday practices.

I am interested in understanding the interplay between media texts, audiences, producers, and the process of consumption and appropriation. My research aims to investigate the ways in which power operates in everyday social interactions and through structural inequality by examining both on-screen representations and lived experiences. In spite of the increasingly diverse gender and sexual representations in East Asia, I am keen to study the ways in which these visual representations have (or have not) empowered audiences, influenced individual gender and sexual practices, and transformed structural inequalities. My methods are qualitative, ethnographic, and empirical.

I am happy to supervise PhD students interested in the intersections between any of the following: gender, sexuality, and intimacy; fandom and participatory culture; transnational and Asian popular culture; queer politics and sexual citizenship.

Li, E.C. 22/10/2020 In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media. Routledge
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Zhongxing Phenomenon
Li, E.C. 1/01/2019 In: Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Charles Scribner's Sons 6 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Making Sense of Ambiguity: Theory and Method
Li, C.Y. 1/02/2018 In: Researching Sex and Sexualities. London : Zed ISBN: 9781786993199. Electronic ISBN: 9781786993229.

Desiring Queer, Negotiating Normal: Denise Ho (HOCC) Fandom before and after the Coming-Out
Li, C.Y. 30/06/2017 In: Boys’ Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press p. 131-156. 26 p. ISBN: 9789888390809.

The second life of Kowloon Walled City: Crime, media and cultural memory
Fraser, A., Li, C.Y. 13/06/2017 In: Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal. 13, 2, p. 217-234. 18 p.
Journal article

Book Review: Raewyn W Connell and Rebecca Pearse, Gender: In World Perspective
Li, C.Y. 1/09/2016 In: International Sociology. 31, 5, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Sexual Cultures in Asia
Kong, T.S.K., Lau, S.H.L., Li, E.C. 1/08/2016 In: Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology. Wiley Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

流行文化、性 / 別想像及酷兒空間︰歌迷眼中的何韻詩 (Popular Culture, Gender/Sexual Imagination, and Queer Space: Denise Ho (HOCC) in Fans' Eyes)
Li, C.Y. 05/2015 In: 性 / 別政治與本土起義 (Gender/ Sexual Politics in Hong Kong). The Commercial Press (Hong Kong) Limited p. 162-180. 19 p. ISBN: 9789620765513.

Approaching Transnational Chinese Queer Stardom as Zhongxing ('Neutral Sex/Gender') Sensibility
Li, C.Y. 04/2015 In: East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. 1, 1, p. 75-95. 21 p.
Journal article

Affect and Sociology: Reflection and Exploration through a Study of Media and Gender in Urban China
Li, C.Y. 2015 In: Graduate Journal of Social Science. 11, 1, p. 15-37. 23 p.
Journal article

The Fourth Wave? A Critical Reflection on the Tongzhi Movement in Hong Kong
Kong, T.S., Lau, S.H., Li, C.Y. 2015 In: Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia. Oxon : Routledge p. 177-201. ISBN: 9780415639484. Electronic ISBN: 9781315774879.

The Absence of Fan Activism in the Queer Fandom of Ho Denise Wan See (HOCC) in Hong Kong
Li, C.Y. 2012 In: Transformative Works and Cultures. 10
Journal article