Ackbar Abbas

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Ackbar Abbas is a professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. Previously he was chair of comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong and also co-director of the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures.

His research interests include globalization, Hong Kong and Chinese culture, architecture, cinema, postcolonialism, and critical theory. His book Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1997.[1]

He previously served as a Contributing Editor to Public Culture, an academic journal published by Duke University Press.[2]


Ackbar Abbas holds an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong.[3]


Abbas has written extensively on Hong Kong culture, architecture, and cinema.



  • Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.
  • Internationalizing Cultural Studies. Co-edited with John Erni. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Chen Danqing: Painting After Tiananmen. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, Cultural Studies Series No. 6, 1995.
  • The Provocation of Jean Baudrillard. Ed. Hong Kong: Twilight Books, 1990.
  • Literature and Anthropology. Co-edited with Jonathan Hall. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, 1986.
  • Rewriting Literary History. Edited with T.W. Wong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1984.
  • Literary Theory Today. Edited with T.W. Wong. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, 1981.


  • Book Series Editor (with Wimal Dissanayake), The New Hong Kong Cinema. University of Hong Kong Press, 2002–present.
  • Special issue editor (with Wu Hung), Hong Kong 1997: the Place and the Formula. Public Culture, May 1997.


  • “Culture as Event in China’s Socialist Market Economy,” in Proceedings of the 2005 Venice Biennale, ed. Robert Storr, forthcoming.
  • “Faking Globalization,” in Globalizing Cities, ed. Andreas Huyssen (forthcoming).
  • "The Fake as Anthropological Object," in Konzept Böll. Thema 2: Alles eins? Die Globale Zukunft von Kultur und Demokratie (forthcoming).
  • "Asian Phantasmagorias of the Interior," in HK Lab II: An Experience of Hong Kong's Interior Spaces, ed. Laurent Gutierrez, Valérie Portefaix, and Laura Ruggeri (Hong Kong: Map Book Publishers, 2005), 290-298.
  • "The Turns and Returns of Beauty," in Uber Schonheit/About Beauty (Berlin: House of World Cultures, 2005), 91-103.
  • "Framing the City Through Cinema," in Migrating Images (Berlin: House of World Cultures, 2004), 112-118.


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