Professor Labao Wang had his PhD in English from University of Sydney. His research interests include Anglo-American literature and postcolonial literatures in English, Australian literature, literary criticism and theory, short fiction as a literary genre, literary semiotics and language teaching. Professor Wang has published widely in China and overseas. He has worked on national research projects like “Traditions in Australian Literary Criticism” and “Postmodern Experiments in Australian Fiction”, and his books include A History of Australian Literary Criticism (China Social Sciences Press, 2016, included in China’s 2015 National Achievements Library of Philosophy and Social Sciences), Australian Short Fiction in the 1980s: Continuity and Change (Soochow University Press, 2000) and The Purest Art: Euro-American Theories of the Short Story as a Literary Genre (Southeast University Press, 2006). He is currently Vice President of the Chinese Association for Language and Semiotic Studies, the Chinese Association of Australian Studies in China, and the Chinese Association for Studies in World Literatures Written in English. And he was the founding editor of Language and Semiotic Studies (2015-16).
Dr Xiang (Tony) Ren is working in the ACIAC research theme of 'Communication and Culture'. His research fields include digital publishing, creative industries and open cultures in Australia and China. Ren completed his PhD at Queensland University of Technology, receiving the University's Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. Prior to joining ACIAC, he worked in Australian and Chinese universities as a research fellow and lecturer and spent more than a decade working in the Chinese media industries.
Dr. Kiu-wai Chu works under the ACIAC research theme of 'Arts and Culture'. Prior to joining ACIAC, he was SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow in University of Zurich. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature in University of Hong Kong, and his previous degrees from SOAS, University of London, and University of Cambridge. He was a visiting Fulbright scholar in University of Idaho. His research focuses on environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and cinema and visual arts in Chinese contexts. His work has appeared in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Modern Art Asia, Transnational Ecocinema; Oxford Bibliographies and elsewhere.
Christopher Cheng is the first ACIAC doctoral degree scholarship award winner and he works under Dr Denis Byrne from Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), Western Sydney University, on "The China-Australia Heritage Corridor", a major research project funded by the Australian Research Council. His PhD project on the legacy of modern schools in Chung-shan (Zhongshan) brings together his background and interest in overseas Chinese, migrant heritage and people-place relations; and in doing so, preserves the living memories of Cantonese emigrants in Australia.
John Cui is a winner of ACIAC’s PhD scholarship (beginning from 2018) and he works with Professor Anthony Uhlmann and Professor Nicholas Jose from Writing and Society Research Centre, Dr Jing Han from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts of Western Sydney University on a comparative project that looks into the similarities and differences between Chinese Inner Mongolian language writing and indigenous Australian writing (with a focus on Alexis Wright’s work). Cui has had experience in the translation of Chinese novels into English. His doctoral project involves the translation of a Mongolian language novel into English and an in-depth consideration of the various issues involved in the process.
Executive Assistant/Project Officer
Lindsay Liu is the Executive Assistant at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture. She holds the degrees of Master of Media Practice and Master of Publishing from the University of Sydney. Lindsay has experience working in public service institutions including the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Embassy in Beijing.
Other support staff will be provided as the Institute's work develops.