Academia

Affiliation

Media

Recorded workshops and roundtables

A panel on Asian celebrities and the pandemic, organised by the Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network. The roundtable took place on 18 June, 2020 via Zoom. The full recording of the panel can be found on the Network’s Facebook Group here.

Selected Conferences and Talks

Public talks 

“Kopi O, Kopitiam: Koffee Culture in Sarawak” (with Raine Melissa Riman) at Cultural Snippets @ Rainforest World Music Festival by Friends of Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, 14 July 2019

“Coffee’s Connection to the Brooke Rajahs” at Friends of Sarawak Museum AGM, Telang Usan Hotel, Kuching, 23 March, 2019

“Social Media: the age of fandom?” at Sharing My Passion, The Museum Cafe and Shop at the Main Bazaar, Kuching, February 2017

“Fans and merchandising” at Science to Society, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak, October 2016

Guest lectures and invited keynotes

“The truth is still out there: Fan studies, marginalisation, and the acafan identity” [Keynote] at Fan Studies Network Australasia 2019 Conference, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 11-13 December 2019

Into the Badlands (of Hollywood): Non-threatening Asian celebrities and visibility” [Keynote] at Fame and Fandom: Functioning On and Offline (Fame & Persona Research Consortium), University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 8-10 December 2019

“I have all the feels: Appropriate fandom, pleasure and play” [Keynote] at Playful Encounters Conference, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, 29-30 September 2018

“The fandom is now public: empowering or ‘appropriating’ fans?” at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Melbourne, March 2017

“Transcultural Fandom” [via Skype], DePaul University, Chicago, USA, February 2015

“Social Media, Entertainment Creative Industry and Fandom” [via Skype], DePaul University, Chicago, USA, May 2014

Selected Conferences

“Heritage Crop” (with Raine Melissa Riman) at Borneo Coffee Symposium, Old Court House, Kuching, Malaysia, 6-7 April 2019 

“Shethority: Moving beyond playing a superhero on television” at Superhero Beyond Conference, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia, 6-8 December 2018

“The liminal space of the fan studies scholar in Southeast Asia: an ethnographic approach” at The Third Annual Popular Culture and Education Conference, The Education University of Hong Kong, HK, 20-22 July 2017

“#FriendshipGoals or #Queerbaiting: representation, female friendships and the construction of the ideal fan” at the Fifth Annual Fan Studies Network Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, 24-25 June 2017

“Felicity Smoak is a superhero: CW’s Arrow and the Felicity Smoak fandom” at the Superhero Identities Symposium, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia, 8-9 December 2016

“Social media and policing: can the celebrity-as-fan ever be authentic?” at Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 28-30 June 2016

“Bad fan behaviour ruins it for the rest of us: fandom policing as a form of ‘fanagement’” at Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference, Atlanta, USA, 30 March – 3 April 2016

“‘Orlando Jones needs to GTFO of our fandom’: Supernatural conventions and gatekeeping” at 6th Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 29 June – 1 July 2015

“Love and hate on Twitter: the celebrity-fan relationship on social media” at Celebrity Studies Journal Bi-Annual Conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK, 19-21 June 2014

“From ‘Dear gracious backers’ to ‘Dear whomever’: crowdfunding and accountability” at Cult Cinema and Technological Change Conference, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, 15-16 April 2014

“Captain of the ‘ship’: The production of the celebrity persona and fan policing” at Producers and Audiences Conference, University of Lund, Sweden, 20 March 2014.

“Fan-funding: Exploiting or mobilising fandom?” at Transforming Audiences 4, University of Westminster, London, UK, 2-3 September 2013

“Locating Anti-Fandom Performance in Extratextual Mashups” at Adventures in Textuality, University of Sunderland, UK, 3-4 April 2013

“Pleasure with a price: What happened to fan pleasure?” Global Project on Fan Communities and Fandom, InterDisciplinary.net, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 22-23 March 2013

“Fan labour as an act of giv-giving in fandom” at AOIR Internet Research 13.0, University of Salford, Manchester, UK, 18-21 October 2012

“‘Worthy of Whedon’: (creating) boundaries of quality within multi-Whedonverse fandom” at Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 5, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 12-15 July 2012

“‘De-Westernising’ fan studies: applying fan cultural theory to the transcultural fandom of East Asian popular culture” at Media Across Borders, University of Roehampton, London, UK, 9 June 2012

“The Act of Giving: Fan journalism and Activism” at London Film and Media Conference,The Institute of Education, London, 12-14 July 2011