Zoran Lee Pecic

Zoran Lee Pecic

Part-time lecturer

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 Research fields: 

  • East Asian cinema
  • Sinophone cultures
  • Queer studies
  • Postcoloniality
  • Popular cultures

My current research is on contemporary East Asian cinema. I published a monograph on queer Sinophone cinema in 2016 (New Queer Sinophone Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan), the final result of a postdoctoral grant I received from the Danish Research Council (Det Frie Forskningsråd). Here, I looked at various filmic expressions of queerness from the PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Combining Sinophone and queer studies is particularly significant as it allows us to question both Euro-American notions of queerness and Mainland-centric expressions of ‘Chineseness’. 

In addition to the Sinophone, I am also looking at South Korean cinema. I am particularly interested in the current crop of South Korean films that portray shamanism as an ancient religion of Korean people. This ‘anti-modernity’ view is particularly relevant when we consider South Korea’s uneasy relationship with Japan as its former coloniser as well as the current neocolonial US presence (physical as well as cultural) in the country.  

I have also published a monograph on queer Caribbean literature (Queer Narratives of the Caribbean Diaspora, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Looking at the queer diasporic narratives in and from the Caribbean, the book combines queer theory and diaspora studies. It opens up a new domain where social and cultural meanings of sexuality within the Caribbean space become objects of historical, colonial and literary study. 

I am a co-editor of an interdisciplinary volume on postcoloniality in Europe (Postcolonial Europe: Comparative Reflections after the Empires, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), a collection that engages with the concept of ‘Europe’ in various ways—as a as a geographical space, as a geopolitical power and as a privileged epistemic site that historically has occluded others and continues to marginalise them. The book is an effort to decolonise the theoretical hegemony of European as well as Western thought, and allow for a rewriting of epistemologies from other hemispheres, inside and outside of the site of control and coloniality of once colonial powers.  

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