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Anissa Yu

Profile

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of the Sociology at Warwick. I graduated with a BSc in Biology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an MA in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

I am interested in political sociology, social movements, populism, and Hong Kong studies.

My project traces the lineage of nonviolence in Hong Kong’s activism, focusing on the Umbrella Movement in 2014 and the period after. With the use of interviews and discourse analysis, I explore the contestations among movement actors who attempted to fix the meaning of nonviolence, as well as the formation of identities. The examination of discourses on nonviolence in the Umbrella Movement reveals the complex power relations in the context of decentralized movement.

My doctoral research is supervised by Professor Alice Mah and Professor John Solomos.

Conference Presentations

“Populism and Hong Kong’s summer of uprising in 2019” – Presented at the 4th Populism Specialist Group (PSA) Workshop (September 2020, Online)

“Can violence and non-violence be compatible in a movement? The case of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement (2014) and Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill protests (2019)” – Presentation at British Sociological Association Annual Conference (April 2020, Cancelled due to COVID-19)

“Interpreting Costs and Sacrifices in Activism: The Case of Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Protests” – Presentation at Political Studies Association Annual International Conference (April 2020, Cancelled due to COVID-19)

“Authoritarian Innovations for ‘Democracy’? Framing Contests Between Hong Kong’s Yellow and Blue Ribbons” (With James K. Wong) – Presented at Society for Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference (June 2019, Hong Kong)

“Collective memory, continuity and capacity-building: The Case of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement” – Presented at Social Movement Studies Journal Conference (June 2019, London)

“Disputing ‘Democracy’: Framing Contests Between Hong Kong’s Blue and Yellow Ribbons” (With James K. Wong) – Presented at Political Studies Association Annual International Conference (March 2018, Cardiff)

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