Human Rights Workshop: Marco Wan, "Human Rights and Literature: Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"

Nov. 2, 2023
12:10PM - 1:45PM
Calabresi Faculty Lounge
Open to the Yale Community

Lunch Provided.

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Marco Wan (BA Yale, BA(Hons)/MA Cambridge, LLM Harvard, PhD Cambridge) is Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He is a scholar of public law and law and humanities, and serves as the Managing editor of Law & Literature. He is currently a Schell Center Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School.  

His most recent book, Film and Constitutional Controversy: Visualizing Hong Kong Identity in the Age of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ (Cambridge University Press, 2021), examines how Hong Kong cinema engages with debates about rights, identity, and the rule of law. His first book, Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction (Routledge, 2017), approaches literary trials in nineteenth-century England and France as scenes of reading that reconfigure the boundaries between literature and law; it was awarded the Penny Pether Prize from the Law, Literature, and Humanities Association of Australasia.

His current project, funded by a three-year grant from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, explores how the humanities can shed light on the legal regulation of gender and sexuality in the context of East Asia. He is a frequent speaker on equality and diversity, and is also a curator for the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights