Summer Institute 2018



Summer Institute Public Lecture with Joan Kee

Summer Institute Public Lecture with Jaleh Mansoor

Date & Time

30 Jul - 10 Aug, 2018 9am-12pm (Weekdays Mon-Fri)


A Hall and JC Cube


HKD 800


Summer Institute is a two-week program of student seminars and distinguished lectures. Students will be able to work closely with at least two out of the four professors on the theme of Labour and Privilege.

Participating Professors: 
Ackbar Abbas, University of California, Irvine

Ackbar Abbas is a professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine/USA. Previously he was chair of comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong, China and also co-director of the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures. His research interests include globalization, Hong Kong and Chinese culture, architecture, cinema, postcolonialism, and critical theory. His book Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1997. He previously served as a Contributing Editor to Public Culture, an academic journal published by Duke University Press.

Jaleh Mansoor, University of British Columbia
Jaleh Mansoor is a historian of Modern and contemporary cultural production, specializing in twentieth-century European art, Marxism, Marxist feminism, and critical theory. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2007 and has taught at SUNY Purchase, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Ohio University. Mansoor’s research on abstract painting in the context of the miracolo Italiano and the international relations of the Marshall Plan era nested within the global dynamics of the Cold War opens up on to problems concerning the labour-to-capital relationship and its ramifications in culture and aesthetics. Her work limns the correlation between real and aesthetic abstraction.

Joan Kee, University of Michigan
Joan Kee is an associate professor in the History of Art at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art in East and Southeast Asia from the late 18th century to the present and "applied art history," where art historical methods are used to consider a wide range of non-art subjects, from law to digital communication. Formerly a lawyer based in Hong Kong and currently a contributing editor to Artforum, her books include Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2013) and Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America (2019). Current research projects include a history of Afro-Asian artistic engagements, an essay on North Korean ink painting and a short book on the rise (and rise) of emojis.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Columbia University 
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award.

Apply: Students, faculty members, and independent scholars in the arts, the humanities, and the related social sciences or professional studies are invited to apply. Please send the application to (Include: An up-to-date curriculum vitae. A sample of recent writing, in English. A letter of recommendation is encouraged, but optional).

Application Deadline is 16th July 2018.