Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, features a lecture by Dr. Thomas Anh Ngoc Hoang of the Institute of Communication and Education Sciences of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  The event—part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series— is entitled “ Digital Vietnam-nesses as Contemporary Collective Vietnamese Identities?” and will be on July 3, 2013, 4:30 to 6:00 PM  at SEC B 201 in Ateneo de Manila University.

Hoang’s abstract reads: “Vietnamese ‘national identity’  has been an omnipresent topic in media discourses and scientific productions of Vietnam and overseas Vietnamese communities since some decades.  This lecture intends to examine these Vietnamese identity phenomena from a specific stance: through the investigation of constructions of social imaginaries of what ‘Vietnam’ and ‘being Vietnamese’ mean today, and through exchanges in digital media between national Vietnamese and overseas Vietnamese. From a communicational standpoint that articulates three dimensions of a social reality, that is, technical, social and symbolic, these digital Vietnamnesses prove to be plural, heterogeneous, ‘ideological’  as well as ‘utopian,’  in Paul Ricœur’s sense. While being under the logic of power of the Vietnamese nation-state, these identities are furthermore confronted with transnational flows caused by globalization. Taking into account some key contemporary issues such as mobility, identity and digital media, this study is an attempt to analyze emergent complex realities in terms of new possibilities in the digital age.”

After his BA in French Literature in Vietnam, Hoang obtained an MA in French Language, as well as another MA and PhD in Communications from Sorbonne University in France in 2010. He acquired a rich professional
experience as translator, French language teacher, webmaster, Lecturer in Communications, and Director of General Education in Vietnam. After serving as the Director of a formation programme for a Catholic NGO in
Manila from 2011 to 2013, he will be moving to Angers, France, where he will take up his new role as Lecturer in the Institute of Communication and Education Sciences of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  Apart from taking contemporary Vietnamese society as a case study, his research interests include a critical examination of broader societal transformations linked to the digital media and digital culture: collective identity, social imaginaries, contemporary mobility, political and cultural implications of digital media, knowledge and its circulation in digital age, among others.