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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Intellectual Narratives : Rearticulating a Politics of Recognition to the Social Margins

Dr. Alex Chan.

Traditional theories on intellectuals focus upon their writing and ideas that respond to differnet historical milleux, such as Marx on capitialism, Gramsci on cultural production and Foucault on discourse. Such a theorizing lacks an alternative perspective to the written subjects represented in intellectual writing.

I propose a study of intellectual self-narratives, which help to understand individual historical experiences and the encounters of the written subjects, usually in social margins, that are reflected in intellectual writing. Such a proposal attempts to revive an unbridged "structure of feelings" between the represented - the social margins - and the representing - intellectual writing. theory in the use of intellectual writing is no more than an apolegetics of universal values, but a plural and reflective repsentation of the marginalized in a politics of recognition.


Dr. Alex Chan  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Division of Social Science,
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

I got a Bachelor Degree in Social Policy at Bristol University & a Master Degree in Contemporary Sociology at Lancaster University. Then I worked several years in the General Education Courses in the Dpeartment of Applied Socia Studies, City University of Hong Kong. I started my doctorate course in the Hong Kong Unviersity of Science & Tehcnology in 1997 and have finished my doctorate study recently.

  • intellectuals
  • narratives
  • theory representation
  • the social margins
  • a politics of recogntion

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)