TAN E.K. Tan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2007. His areas of interest include Modern Chinese and Sinophone Literature, Cinema, and Culture, Comparative Literature, Southeast Asian studies, Diaspora studies, and theories of Cultural Translation, Postcolonialism, Globalization, Transnationalism, and Cinema. His first book Rethinking Chineseness: Transnational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World examines the relationship between the Nanyang Chinese, their original homelands (Borneo, Malaysia and Singapore), and their imaginary homeland (China) through the works of writers such as Kuo Pao Kun (郭寶崑), Zhang Guixing (張貴興) and Vyvyane Loh(羅惠賢). The manuscript identifies the methods with which these writers have reclaimed a sense of belonging to their homelands by destabilizing the notion of Chineseness. It argues that, as a Sinophone culture, the Nanyang Chinese identity is translatable, translational and relational as it traverses between the local and the global. My next project, Queer Homecoming in Sinophone Visual Culture, proposes the concept of “queer homecoming” as a critical intervention to the normative patrilineal kinship structure in Sinophone societies defined by traditional family values, such as those of Confucianism. Queer homecoming as intervention enables the articulations of alternative kinship structures in mainstream cultural expressions to destabilize the fixity of the myth of consanguinity among Sinophone communities.


2007 Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Appointed to Stony Brook in Cultural Analysis and Theory, 2007.

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Fall 2015

Co-Sponsored Events:

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions --

A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth

Wednesday,  December 2, 2015

at Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 2

9:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016

Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016

2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        June 2015

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