Kiu-wai Chu


Kiu-wai Chu (NTU) is Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities and Chinese Studies at Nanyang Technological University. He obtained 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, and Postdoctoral Fellows in University of Zurich and Western Sydney University.

His research focuses on ecocriticism, environmental humanities, critical animal studies, and contemporary cinema and visual art, specifically in Chinese and Southeast Asian contexts. He is an elected Executive Councillor of Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-USA, est. 1992) (2021-23). He is also a Living Lexicon Editor of the open-access journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press), and editorial board member of international journals Media+Environment (University of California Press) and Journal of Environmental Media (Intellect Books). 


His work has appeared in books such as Transnational Ecocinema; Animated Landscapes; Ecomedia: Key Issues; The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema; Cli-fi: A Companion, Chinese Environmental Humanities; Oxford Bibliographies; and journals Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture; Journal of Chinese Cinemas; Journal of Chinese Governance; Asian Cinema and elsewhere. He also guest-curated Asian Film Archive’s film programme “Reframed: The (In)hospitable World” in Oct/Nov 2020.




At NTU, Kiu-wai is directing a minor programme in Environmental Humanities, and offering courses in ecocriticism, ecocinema, environmental thoughts and animal studies. 


He is working on several research projects, including a monograph in comparative ecocriticism that focuses on the study of Chinese cinema, visual art and culture. He is also co-editing a volume in Coming of Age in Sinophone literature and cinema. 

1. “The Imagination of Eco-disaster: Post-disaster Rebuilding in Asian Cinema”, Asian Cinema Vol. 30.2, Special Issue in Asian Ecocinema. Ed. By Winnie Yee L.M. U.K.: Intellect Ltd. 2019.
2. “Worms in the Anthropocene: The Multispecies World in Xu Bing’s Silkworm Series”, Chinese Environmental Humanities: Environing at the Margins, edited by Chia-ju Chang. Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. 
3. “Screening Environmental Challenges in China: Three Modes of Ecocinema”, Journal of Chinese Governance.  Vol.2 No.4. Special Issue in Environmental Governance. Taylor & Francis. 2017, pp.437-459.
4. “Ecocinema”, Gabbard, Krin, Ed. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies.  Oxford University Press. 2017.
5. “From My Fancy High Heels to Useless Clothing: ‘Interconnectedness’ and Eco-critical Issues in Transcultural Documentaries”, in Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson, Tommy, Eds., Transnational Ecocinema. U.K/USA. Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press. 2013, pp.65-84.)