New Academy draws together top humanities scholars from across Hong Kong

At its inaugural meeting yesterday in the Senate room of Hong Kong University the newly formed Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities elected its first Executive.

New elected President, Professor Kam Louie, Dean of Arts at Hong Kong University, said: “The purpose of the new Academy is to draw together for the first time Hong Kong’s leading humanities scholars from all its institutions of higher education to form a strong united voice on behalf of the humanities. The humanities, which play such a vital role in enriching Hong Kong life, need to be better explained and promoted – to government, business and the community – and who better to do this than the territory’s most distinguished humanities scholars?”

The Academy has drawn its 39 Foundation Fellows from all eight of Hong Kong’s publicly funded institutions of higher education, as well as Open University.

All humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, literature, languages, linguistics, music, fine arts, Chinese, English, cultural studies and translation are represented by the Academy’s Foundation Fellows.

Newly elected Vice-President, Professor Zhang Longxi Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation from City University, said: “It is time for excellence in humanities scholarship and research to be given proper recognition in Hong Kong. A Fellowship of the Academy is a sign of recognition from one’s peers of high achievement.”

Also elected to the Executive were Professors Martha Cheung and Clara Ho (Hong Kong Baptist University), Simon Haines and David Parker (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Louise Edwards (Hong Kong University), Richard Davis (Lingnan University), Huang Chu-Ren (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Leonard Chan (Hong Kong Institute of Education).