Contributors to Intersections
Issue 31

S.P.F. Dale is a PhD candidate in Global Studies at Sophia University, whose dissertation focuses on x-jendā as identity/performance, as well as the social politics surrounding it. Current research interests include the construction/deconstruction of gender/sexual identities, the search for alternative frameworks in the study of gender and sexuality, as well as the study and theoretical inclusion of various minorities in society.

Rohit K Dasgupta is a research student at University of the Arts London. His research examines the online queer male community in India and studies in what way identities are formed in digital queer spaces and how these spaces critique Indian-ness and challenge dominant nationalist ideologies. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Digital Culture and Education, Transnational Cinema, Scope, Asian Affairs and Contemporary South Asia.

James Farrer is Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo. His research has employed the tools of qualitative sociological research to investigate changing gender roles and sexual relations in East Asia, including youth sexuality and dating culture, extramarital sexuality, cross-border relationships, online dating, internet sexual politics, sexual storytelling, gay identities, and other aspects of sexual culture in China and Japan. More recent projects have focused on urban culture?in Shanghai and Tokyo, including restaurant culture, nightlife culture, and expatriate community formation. His publications on sexuality include Opening Up: Youth sex culture and market reform in Shanghai (University of Chicago Press 2002); 'Global nightscapes in Shanghai as ethnosexual contact zones' in The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (37(5) (2011):747–64) and 'A foreign adventurer's paradise? Interracial sexuality and alien sexual capital in reform era Shanghai' in Sexualities (13(1) (2010):69–95).

Andrew David Field graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 with a BA in Asian Studies, and from Columbia University in 2001 with a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures, specialising in Modern Chinese History. His first book, Shanghai's Dancing World (Chinese University Press 2010), explores the cabaret industry of the city during the Republican Era and into the Mao Era. Andrew and James Farrer are co-writing a book, Shanghai Nightscapes (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). In addition, Andrew has published articles on nightlife and contemporary rock music culture in China in international journals. Andrew has taught Chinese, East Asian, and World History at colleges and universities in the USA, Australia, China, and Korea.

Nicole George received her PhD from the Department of International Relations in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University in December 2006. Nicole's research interests are broadly focused on the politics of gender and development. To date her research has been conducted in the Pacific Region and is theoretically informed by feminist work on questions of political agency and participation. Her recently completed book manuscript constructs a history of women's organizing in Fiji since the 1960s and considers how women's political agency has been shaped across this period by interplaying global and local political factors. Her new research focus examines the poorly understood history of Pacific women's regional collaborations to promote peace. It considers the policy implications of this work by revealing how improved recognition of such 'bottom-up' sites of regional endeavour might complement existing 'top-down' approaches to regionalism, commonly seen as an important vehicle for enhancing Pacific stability. Additionally, Nicole has published on Pacific masculinities. She is also keen observer of post-colonial Pacific politics more generally.

Mayuko Itoh is a PhD candidate in Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She completed her MA in Gender Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2004. Her current research is about Japanese migrant women in international marriages in Australia. In this research, her focus is on the dynamic interaction between cross-cultural experiences and identity politics, as well as on methodological aspects of social research.

Kumiko Kawashima is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Her thesis entitled 'In Search of Fulfillment: Japan's Lost Generation and the Australian Working Holiday', examines migratory experience of Japanese working holiday makers in Australia. Recent publications from this project include 'Japanese working holiday makers in Australia and their return to the Japanese labour market: before and after,' in Asian Studies Review (2010, 34:3, 267–86). In the new project entitled 'Youth Migration and Social Transformation in Asia: Japanese workers in a Chinese IT industry base,' Kumiko investigates a new form of labour migration involving young people from a developed economy and their customer service work in a special economic zone. Central to her research interests are the role of temporary migration in young people's lives, and the ways in which this is bound up with processes of consumption, labour and identity formation in post-industrial contexts.

Fran Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on television, film, literature and other forms of cultural production in contemporary transnational China (The People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), with a specialisation in transnational flows and representations and cultures of gender and sexuality. She is author of Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary (Duke University Press, 2010) and Situating Sexualities: Queer Narratives in Taiwanese Fiction, Film and Public Culture (Hong Kong University Press, 2003), among other works. She translated Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan (University of Hawai'i Press, 2003).

Mark McHarry is an independent scholar. With Antonia Levi and Dru Pagliassotti, he edited a collection of essays published in 2010, Boys' Love Manga (McFarland). He has contributed to books, scholarly journals and critical popular publications, including Mangatopia (ABC/Clio), LGBT Identity and Online New Media (Routledge), Queer Popular Culture: Literature, Media, Film, and Television (Palgrave Macmillan), Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (Routledge), Journal of Homosexuality, Z magazine, and Gay Community News. He has presented at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including the Popular Culture Association, Modern Language Association, Textual Echoes (Umeå University), and Écritures du corps (University of Paris). He is researching the life of author-inventor Hiraga Gennai.
Photographer: Dan Tsang
Jamie Paquin is a PhD Candidate in Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include sexual preference formation and sexual politics, and developing a non-pathologising, subject-centred sociological theory of sexual development. He is co-author of 'Space, place and sexual sociality: towards an "atmospheric analysis",' in Gender, Work and Organization (January 2010) with A.I. Green, M. Follert and K. Osterlund.

Katsuhiko Suganuma is Assistant Professor in the Centre for International Education and Research at Oita University. His research interests include queer studies, gender studies, and cross-cultural communication. He is an author of Contact Moments: The Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures (Hong Kong University Press 2012); also a co-editor of Queer Voices from Japan (Lexington Books 2007).

Masakazu Tanaka holds his PhD in Anthropology from the University of London (1986). He did extensive fieldwork in a Tamil village, Sri Lanka, then later in Tamil Nadu, South India. He also started doing research on U.S. military bases in Japan in 1996. His research interests are: Tamil culture and society, Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, military culture, and sexuality in contemporary Japan. He has published three monographs: Patrons, Devotees and Goddesses: Ritual and Power among the Tamil Fishermen of Sri Lanka (Manohar,1997); Transformation of the Sacrificial World in South Asia (in Japanese, Houzoukan ,2002); and Healing and Eroticism: Anthropology of Eros (in Japanese, Chikumashobou,2010). He edited more than ten volumes. Among them are Living with Shakti: Gender, Sexuality and Religion in South Asia (Senri Ethnological Studies 50,1999), Fetishism (3 volumes, in Japanese, Kyoto University Academic Press, 2009-), Humanities of Contact Zone (4 volumes, Kouyou Shobou, 2011-12). He is currently professor of the Institute for Research in Humanities at the University of Kyoto.

Jay Daniel Thompson completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2009. He currently works in research administration at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and is Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Dr. Thompson's research interests include Australian Literature, true crime writing, sexuality studies and theories of embodiment. Dr. Thompson lives in Melbourne's northern suburbs, and is currently working on his first book.


Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
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