Room 7.58 RRST
Room 7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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Nov 19 2019


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Department of Comparative Literature

Department of Comparative Literature

Gender/Diversity/Democracy: Come Liberate Hong Kong, Pepe


Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Venue: 7.58, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU


Speaker: Katrien Jacobs, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK
Moderator: Tim Gruenewald, Assistant Professor, American Studies, HKU


About the Film:
Pepe the Frog as a mascot of the global alt-right and male supremacist hate wars has been liberated by the Hong Kong anti-extradition protest movement and its pro-democracy ideology. What are some of the reasons that this mascot figure has crossed political frontlines and what does it now mean to liberate Hong Kong? In this talk I will explain how USA and EU far-right netizens and activists have made great efforts to hijack and rebrand online imagery and personas within a Gramscian quest for cultural hegemony. I also critically ponder if the re-hijacked mascot personifies collectivism or elitism, inclusivity or xenophobia, gender freedom or machismo within the Hong Kong protest culture.

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For enquiries, please contact Christine Vicera at viceracn@hku.hk

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