Chris Hudson is Associate Professor of Asian Media and Culture in the School of Media and Communication and Co-Director of the RMIT Communication, Politics and Culture research centre.
Current research projects
Performative Publics and Global Modernities in Asia (with Associate Professor Bart Barendregt, University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Performative interventions in Asia can generate a re-imagining of local publics, both spatially grounded and mediatised, and help to renegotiate the connection between the local and the global. Performance is an important paradigm for understanding the emergence of Asian modernities in which the convergence and dialectical interplay between the global and the national is a key feature. The aim of this project – arising from these concepts – is to investigate the role of the imaginative and aesthetic dimension in the diffusion of global modernity through performative practices. It is to the agency of the performative in the work of the imagination that we turn to seek answers to our questions about the global imaginary: our intention is to conceptualize specific performances as moments of articulation of evolving global identities.
2009–2011 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: Theatre in the Asia–Pacific: Regional Culture in a Modern Global Context, in collaboration with Associate Professor Denise Varney (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Peter Eckersal (University of Melbourne) and Professor Barbara Hatley (University of Tasmania).
2009 Research Award, School of Applied Communication
2009 Design Research Institute seed funding for travel to China for a preliminary study of urban space and cultural practices in Chongqing; in collaboration with Professor SueAnne Ware, Dr Chengju Huang.
2009 Global Cities Institute seed funding for travel to Japan for a preliminary study of urban space in Asia; in collaboration with Professor Manfred Steger and Dr Tommaso Durante2008 Design Institute for presentation of findings at Japan Asian Studies Conference, Rikkyo University, Tokyo.
2008 Research reward, School of Applied Communication.
2007 ‘Who would have thought of that?’ Award for project on Nation Branding and National Image in Singapore.
2007 Global Cities Institute (Art and Urbanism group) for study of Australian war memorials in Asia.
Completed PhD supervisions
TommasoDurante (2013), The Symbolic Construction of the Global Imaginary in Sydney and Melbourne.
RosyaIzyanieShamshudeen (2012), Understanding the Malaysian Localisation of Global Format TV: An Audience Analysis of Akademi Fantasia.
Siriporn Peters (2011), Design for Enabling Sustainable Livelihoods in Disadvantaged Communities: A Case Study in Amphoe Phrapradaeng, Samut Prakran Province in Thailand.
MdAzalanshah, MdSyed (2011), Engaging with Modernity: Malay Women, non-Western Soap Opera and Watching Competencies.
VikrantKishore (2011), Representations of Indian Folk Dance Forms in the Song and Dance Sequences of Contemporary Bollywood Cinema.
Chris is Co-Director with Associate Professor Cathy Greenfield of the
PhD, University of Melbourne
MA, Monash University
BA (Hons), Monash University
Dip. Ed. , Hawthorn Institute of Education
Conference presentations (since 2009)
2013 Space and Place Conference, Oxford University, 3–5 September. Terminal 3: Localizing the Global at Changi Airport, Singapore.
2013 People and the Planet, RMIT, 2–4 July. Green is the New Green: Eco-aesthetics in Singapore.
2012 Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Sorbonne, Paris, 2–6 July. Fear and Fun in Singapore: The politics of affect in a city–state.
2011 Australian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference, Monash University, 28 June–2 July. Panel: Theatre in the Asia–Pacific: Performance and Transcultural Flows in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia.
2011 International Convention of Asia Scholars and Asian Studies Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March–3 April. Urban Symphony: The Singapore Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.
2011 Communicating Civilisations and Global Order Conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 5–7 September. The Shanghai World Expo.
2010 Third International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, University of South Australia, 6–8 April 2010. Singapore's Rebirth: Reenchanting the Bland in a Culture of Consumption.
2010 Spaces & Flows Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, 4–5 December. Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes: Toward a Research Agenda.
2010 International Federation for Theater Research Conference Cultures of Modernity, 26–31 July, Munich, Germany. Performing Liquid Modernity: Chay Yew’s ‘Visible Cities’.
2009 Melbourne Conference on China. 60 Years of the People's Republic: Transformations and Challenges.The Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, July 13–14 2009. Urban Development and New Spatial Practices in Chongqing.
2009 New York Conference on Asia Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 9–10 October. Encompassing, Engaging, Exhilarating: The Singapore Arts Festival and the Production of Global Cosmopolitanism.
Invited lectures and presentations
2010 Cultural Performance in Post-New Order Indonesia: New structures, scenes, meanings. 28–30 June Universitas Sanata Dharma, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
2010 Chair and panelist at Intersections of Area, Cultural and Media Studies (an investigation into a transdisciplinary approach to Asian Studies at College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (25–26 February).
2009 Art and Globalization: Urban Futures and Aesthetic Relations Symposium, RMIT, August 12.
2009 Panel Chair: Urban Systems: Migration and Housing in China’s Cities, 2009 Melbourne Conference on China. 60 Years of the People’s Republic: Transformations and Challenges, University of Melbourne, 13–14 July.
2008 Keynote and chair: Asialink Leaders Program, Perceiving Media within an Australia–Asia context, 3 April, 2008, at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
2008 Speaker at Space, Politics and Postcolonial Representations, 4 September 2008, at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, University of Melbourne. Spaces of the Imagination: Representing Modernity and Tradition in Malaysia.
2002 Sights, Minds and Matters Public Lecture Series, RMIT 2002. Exoticism and Eroticism: from Madame Chrysanthemum to the Sarong Party Girl.
Conference panel and symposium organiser
Co-Convenor Symposium on Theatre in the Asia–Pacific: Regional Culture in a Modern Global Context. University of Melbourne, 27–29 September, 2012
Chair, panelist and presenter for The Twelfth Asian Studies Conference Japan, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, 21–22 June 2008: Landscape and Memory in Asia.
Panel Convenor for King Power: Designing Masculinities Symposium, RMIT 16–16 August 2007. Panel: Asian Masculinities.
Convenor Asian CitiesSymposium RMIT 2007
Convenor, Singapore Symposium RMIT 2005, 2006
- Hudson, C. (2017). The urban wilds: Ecoculture, consumption, and effect in Singapore In: Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles, and Ethical Consumption, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Hudson, C. (2016). On non-places: Localizing the global at Changi Airport's Terminal 3, Singapore In: Narrative of Globalization: Reflections on the Global Condition, Rowman and Littlefield, London
- Barendregt, B.,Hudson, C. (2016). Islam's got talent: Television, performance and the Islamic public sphere in Malaysia In: Lifestyle Media in Asia. Consumption, aspiration and identity, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Hudson, C. (2015). Dangerous sexuality in Singapore: The sarong party girl In: Women and the Politics of Representation in Southeast Asia: Engendering Discourse in Singapore and Malaysia, Routledge, New York, United States
- Hudson, C. (2015). ION Orchard: atmosphere and consumption in Singapore In: Visual Communication, 14, 289 - 308
- Hudson, C. (2014). New social media and global self-representation In: Sage Handbook of Globalization, Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom
- Hudson, C.,Azalanshah, M. (2014). Women and television in Malaysia: Soaps, transnational pleasure and modernity In: Reading Asian Television Drama: Crossing Borders and Breaking Boundaries, I.B.Tauris, London, United Kingdom
- Hudson, C. (2014). Green is the New Green: Eco-Aesthetics in Singapore In: Green Consumption: The Global Rise of Eco-Chic, Bloomsbury Academic, United Kingdom
- Hudson, C. (2013). Beyond the Singapore girl: discourses of gender and nation in Singapore, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies(NIAS) Press, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Hudson, C. (2013). Memory, self and landscape: Performing Australian national trauma in Thailand In: Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Theatre in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Culture in Modern Global Context. Administered by University of Melbourne. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant pre-2014 from (2009 to 2013)
3 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions