Dr Shawna Tang

Dr Ser Wei Shawna Tang
Lecturer in Gender Studies

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3537
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Biographical details

Shawna Tang joined the Department in 2018 as Lecturer in Gender Studies. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Sexualities and Genders Research group (SaGR) at Western Sydney University, and the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Previously, she was Lecturer at the Sociology department, NUS and Deputy Editor of International Sociology. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sociology.

Research interests

Shawna’s research is on queer Asia, with an interest in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Specifically, she studies sexuality politics, LGBT aging, non-normative families and intimacies, homophobia and sexuality justice in Asian global queer cities, using the critical paradigms of feminist, queer, postcolonial and Marxist theories. She is also interested in thinking through academic subjectivities in neoliberal university settings, and how a politics of the intimate might be articulated into a 'good' academic and political life.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching
GCST3630 Everyday life: Theories and Practices.
GCST2604 Sex, Violence and Transgression

Supervision
Shawna welcomes supervision in the areas of sexualities and genders, sexuality politics, queer Asia, LGBT aging, non-normative kinships, domestic sexual violence, queer subjectivities.

Current projects

Shawna’s projects include a Government of Hong Kong (Research Grant Council) funded project titled Now We Hear Them: A qualitative study of older lesbians in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan (in collaboration with Dr Denise Tang, the University of Hong Kong and Professor Antonia Chao, Tunghai University, Taiwan); two others involve the study of domestic and sexual violence in the African communities of Western Sydney, as well as among gay, bisexual and queer men in metropolitan Sydney (in collaboration with the Sexualities and Genders Research group, WSU).

Associations

Editorial Board member, Journal of Sociology.

Selected guest speaker presentations

  • 2015 Coming out as liberation and oppression: an intersectional approach towards understanding Singaporean lesbians. Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health, Western Sydney University, 23 November.
  • 2014 Notes from the editors’ desk: publishing in International Sociology. The University of Tokyo-University of Sydney Postgraduate Students’ Workshop, 21 July.
  • 2013 Researching ‘Asia’: the politics and practice of knowledge production. The 8th Graduate Asian Forum on Southeast Asian Studies, 23 July.
  • 2011 Re-thinking Anglo-American queer activism from the perspective of Singapore and Asia. Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation, LGBTQI Forum, 24 October.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Tang, S. (2016). Postcolonial lesbian identities in Singapore: Re-thinking global sexualities. Oxford: Routledge (Taylor and Francis).

Book Chapters

  • Tang, S., Quah, S. (2018). Divorced and never married mothers in Singapore: practices, challenges and hopes. In Jean Yeung and Hu Shu (Eds.), Family and Population Changes in Singapore: A unique case in the global family change. TBA: Routledge.
  • Tang, S. (2018). Same-sex partnering and same-sex parented families in Singapore. In Jean Yeung and Hu Shu (Eds.), Family and Population Changes in Singapore: A unique case in the global family change. TBA: Routledge.
  • Yulius, H., Tang, S., Offord, B. (2018). The Globalization of LGBT Identity and Same-Sex Marriage as a Catalyst of Neo-institutional Values: Singapore and Indonesia in Focus. In B. Winter, M. Forest, and R. Senac (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage: A Neo-Institutional Approach, (pp. 171-196). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tang, S. (2012). Transnational Lesbian Identities: Lessons from Singapore? In A. Yue and J. Zubillaga-Pow (Eds.), Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures, (pp. 83-96). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Tang, S., Quah, S. (2018). Heteronormativity and sexuality politics in Singapore: the case of female-headed households of divorced and lesbian mothers'. Journal of Sociology. [More Information]
  • Harley, K., Tang, S. (2008). Sociology teaching: Some postgraduate experiences. Nexus, 20(4), 11-12.

Conferences

  • Tang, S. (2013). Queering state-sexuality relations: sodomy law in postcolonial Singapore. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Tang, S. (2011). Re-examining 'transnationality' through Singapore lesbian identities. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Tang, S. (2006). REIT way: the Reit idea. Inside: Different Geographies, September.

2018

  • Tang, S., Quah, S. (2018). Divorced and never married mothers in Singapore: practices, challenges and hopes. In Jean Yeung and Hu Shu (Eds.), Family and Population Changes in Singapore: A unique case in the global family change. TBA: Routledge.
  • Tang, S., Quah, S. (2018). Heteronormativity and sexuality politics in Singapore: the case of female-headed households of divorced and lesbian mothers'. Journal of Sociology. [More Information]
  • Tang, S. (2018). Same-sex partnering and same-sex parented families in Singapore. In Jean Yeung and Hu Shu (Eds.), Family and Population Changes in Singapore: A unique case in the global family change. TBA: Routledge.
  • Yulius, H., Tang, S., Offord, B. (2018). The Globalization of LGBT Identity and Same-Sex Marriage as a Catalyst of Neo-institutional Values: Singapore and Indonesia in Focus. In B. Winter, M. Forest, and R. Senac (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage: A Neo-Institutional Approach, (pp. 171-196). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

2016

  • Tang, S. (2016). Postcolonial lesbian identities in Singapore: Re-thinking global sexualities. Oxford: Routledge (Taylor and Francis).

2013

  • Tang, S. (2013). Queering state-sexuality relations: sodomy law in postcolonial Singapore. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2012

  • Tang, S. (2012). Transnational Lesbian Identities: Lessons from Singapore? In A. Yue and J. Zubillaga-Pow (Eds.), Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures, (pp. 83-96). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. [More Information]

2011

  • Tang, S. (2011). Re-examining 'transnationality' through Singapore lesbian identities. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.

2008

  • Harley, K., Tang, S. (2008). Sociology teaching: Some postgraduate experiences. Nexus, 20(4), 11-12.

2006

  • Tang, S. (2006). REIT way: the Reit idea. Inside: Different Geographies, September.

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