Call for Papers


The 2019 Backreading Hong Kong Symposium, co-organised by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University and the literary journal Cha, will take place on Saturday 19 January 2019.

The theme of the symposium is “Hong Kong Dystopia”. Looking at more than just dystopian literature, we are interested in papers that explore the theme from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, ecology, economics, education, geopolitics, history, language, law, literature, philosophy, politics, religion and sociology. Papers that challenge existing notions of dystopia and its application to Hong Kong are very welcome.

Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute presentations can be sent to Tammy Lai-Ming Ho ( for consideration before 31 October 2018. Please also send us a bio of no more than 100 words. Scholars whose papers have been selected will be notified by 1 December 2018.

The language of the 201symposium will be English. We welcome both established and early-career academics to take part. The one-day symposium will also include panel discussions and a poetry reading.



Backreading Hong Kong Symposium 2019.jpgJason S Polley, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho and Chris Song (co-creator of the Backreading Hong Kong Annual Symposium)