Dr Derek HirdActing Head of the Department of Languages and Cultures, Deputy Director of Lancaster University Confucius Institute & Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
CHIN100/101: Chinese in Context (Convenor)
DELC330: Chinese Culture and Society (Convenor)
DELC420: Translation Project
My research principally concerns gender and class in contemporary China, with a particular focus on middle-class masculinities. My most recent project looks at Chinese male beauty cultures. I also have an interest in happiness and mental health in Chinese populations. I analyse these topics primarily from a cultural studies perspective. Ethnographic and narrative methodologies frequently inform my data gathering and analysis.
Co-editor of the Transnational Asian Masculinities book series (Hong Kong University Press)
East Asian Studies representative, University Council of Modern Languages, 2017-2020
PhD Supervision Interests
I welcome PhD proposals taking a cultural studies approach to topics relating to Chinese men and masculinities, Chinese transgender identities, Chinese gender identities and relations more broadly, Chinese feminist activism and theory, Chinese class identities and social stratification, and health and wellbeing in Chinese populations. Topics focusing specifically on China and/or on Chinese and Sinophone populations located elsewhere are welcome.
Sentiments like Water: Unsettling Pathologies of Homosexual and Sadomasochistic Desire
Hird, D. 20/11/2019 In: Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge p. 66-80. 15 p.
Introduction: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age
Hird, D., Song, G. 25/10/2018 In: The Cosmopolitan Dream. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press p. 1-24. 24 p.
The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age
Hird, D., Song, G. 09/2018 Hong Kong University Press.
Chinese Discourses on Happiness
Wielander, G., Hird, D. 2018 Hong Kong University Press. 244 p.
Smile Yourself Happy: Zheng nengliang and the Discursive Construction of Happy Subjects
Hird, D. 2018 In: Chinese Discourses on Happiness. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press p. 106-128. 23 p.
In League with Gentlemen: Junzi Masculinity and the Chinese Nation in Cultural Nationalist Discourses
Hird, D. 1/11/2017 In: Asia Pacific Perspectives. 15, 1
Moral Masculinities: Ethical Self-fashionings of Professional Chinese Men in London
Hird, D. 1/11/2016 In: Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China. 18, 1, p. 115-147. 33 p.
Making Class and Gender: White-collar Men in Postsocialist China
Hird, D. 2016 In: Changing Chinese Masculinities. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press p. 137-156. 20 p.
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary China
Song, G., Hird, D. 2014 Brill. ISBN: 9789004264915.
Men, Domestic Violence and the Law: Constructions of Masculinities in Popular, Activist and Academic discourses
Hird, D. 2014 In: Zou xiang xingfu 走向幸福. Kaohsiung : Baijun wenhua chubanshe p. 85-118. 34 p. ISBN: 9789868932074.
The Paradox of Pluralisation: Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China
Hird, D. 2012 In: Understanding Global Sexualities. London : Routledge p. 49–65 . 17 p.