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What makes me who I am?

Chinese Write Now: Panel Discussion – Positionality in Writing

Tuesday 24 May, 6pm
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

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Free, advance booking required
Duration 1 hour
Suitable ages 16+

How does the difference in our social position, power, race, gender, sexual orientation etc form our identities and access across society?

Enjoy a night of talk including panel speakers, Hongwei Bao and Ken Kamoche as they discuss how they channel positionality through their writing.


This event is part of the Chinese Write Now Festival taking place between Thursday 5 May – Sunday 31 July 2022 in London and Nottingham. Find out more here

About the authors (click to expand)

A headshot of author Ken Kamoche

Ken Kamoche was born and raised in Kenya in a village about 10 miles from Nairobi, surrounded by the rural sounds of cattle, chickens and birds. He was educated at Nairobi School, a high school that was founded in 1902 for the sons of colonial British settlers, but which was almost entirely African in his time, except for half a dozen British teachers. Ken studied accounting and finance at the University of Nairobi, then proceeded to graduate studies at the University of Oxford. After completing his DPhil, Ken took up a job at the University of Birmingham to teach management, then moved to Hong Kong as his research work kept taking him to Asia. The plan was to work in Hong Kong for 2 years then move somewhere else, perhaps the Americas. Ken returned to the UK ten years later, and is currently a professor of human resource management at the University of Nottingham where he also directs the Africa Research Group, and works on Africa-China relations. Ken has always written fiction since he was a child, but it was while in Hong Kong that he started having short stories published. Some of those early stories were later published in a collection, A Fragile Hope. One of the stories, ‘Random check’ partly based on his own experiences and the lives of black people in China, inspired the novel Black Ghosts..

A headshot of author James Kramer

James Kramer lives between China and the UK. His writing has appeared in Hobart Magazine, BadLung Press, Your Impossible Voice and X-R-A-Y. He was previously LeftLion's Beijing correspondent, a role that he shoehorned his way into. His most recent poetry collection "Be here when this is over" explores themes of transnationalism and memory. He currently lives in Nottingham.

A headshot of author Dr Hongwei Bao

Dr Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies. He holds a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Queer Comrades, Queer China, Queer Media in China and Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance. Dr Bao is the co-editor of Routledge Handbook for Chinese Gender and Sexuality and the Bloomsbury book series Queering China: Transnational; Genders and Sexualities. He also serves on the editorial boards of British Journal of Chinese Studies, Chinese Independent Cinema Observer, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong University Press).

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