Joel Gn

Dr Joel Gn


Centre for University Core

Tel: +65 ​6248 0358

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Educational Qualifications

  • 2011 - 2016

    PhD in Communications & New Media, National University of Singapore

  • 2005 - 2008

    B.Comm (Honours) in Communications and Media Studies, Monash University, Australia

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2016 - Present

    Lecture, UC, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

  • 2014 - 2016

    Teaching Assistant, Singapore Institute of Technology/The Glasgow School of Art

  • 2011 - 2014

    Teaching Assistant, Department of Communications & New Media, NUS

  • 2009 - 2010

    Social Media Research Analyst, Brandtology Pte Ltd.

Book Chapters:

Gn, J (forthcoming). ‘Designing Affection: On the curious case of machine cuteness’, in The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness, Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra (eds.). London & New York: Routledge

Journal Articles:

Gn, J (2016). ‘A Lovable Metaphor: On the Affect, Language and Design of “Cute”’, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 2 (1): 49-61.

Gn, J. (2014). ‘Cute Technics in the Love Machine’, InVisible Cultre: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, 21,

Gn, J. (2014). ‘Addictive Bodies and Hypnopompic Dynamics.’ Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy 4,

Gn, J. (2011). ‘Queer Simulation: the practice, performance and pleasure of cosplay. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 25 (4): 583-93.

Book Reviews:

Gn, J. (2016). “Sketches of One’s Own…” Review of ‘Note Book’, by Jeff Nunokawa, Berfrois

Gn, J. (2015). “Folding and Unfolding a City” Review of ‘The Book of Tokyo’, Michael Emmerich, Jim Hinks and Masashi Mitsuie (eds.), Singapore Review of Books

Gn, J. (2015). “Words, Verses, Fractals…” Review of ‘Hula Hooping’ by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming. Kitaab

Gn, J. (2015). ‘The Archive of Absence’. Review of ‘The Missing Pieces’ by Henri Lefebvre (Translated by David L. Sweet). Berfrois

Gn, J. (2014). ‘To Love and to Hold, Or to Write and Let Go?’ Review of ‘On Fidelity; Or, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow…’, by Jeremy Fernando. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal 25

Magazine Contributions:

Gn, J (2015). ‘After You, Charlie…’, Befrois

Gn, J (2014). ‘Do Min-joon as The Alien Messiah in My Love from the Star’ Beyond Hallyu

Gn, J. (2013). ‘A Tale of Two Fandoms’ Berfrois

Gn, J. (2013). ‘A Written Confession’ Berfrois

Gn, J. (2013). ‘Love, Technê & Cybernetic Affairs’ Berfrois 2

Gn, J. (2012). ‘In Defence of K-pop; Or, Music We can See’ Berfrois

Gn, J. (2012). ‘Parody of the Idols: “Pop” Democracy and AKB48’ Berfrois,

Gn, J. (2012). ‘A Question on Innocence’ Berfrois,

Gn, J. (2012). ‘Writing the face’, Fashion vs. Art,

Gn, J. (2012). ‘Of Rude Awakenings’ One Imperative 8: 6

Gn, J. (2012). ‘The Lovable Body’, The Design Society Journal 4: 116-119.

Gn, J. (2011). ‘Death, Life and Being: A meditation on modern Japan’, FIVEFOOTWAY, 1(1),

Conference Presentations:

Gn, J. (2015). ‘Aestheticizing Soft Power: A Critical Examination on the Use of Cute Design Within SubjectObject Relations and Media Convergence’, IAFOR, The Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2-5 April 2015, Osaka International Convention Centre, Osaka, Japan.

Gn, J. (2013). ‘Functional/Dysfunctional Beauty: On the Creation and Commodification of Cuteness.’, Beauty 3rd Global Conference: Exploring Critical Issues, 13-15 September 2013, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Gn, J. (2013). ‘The Code of Eros: Writing, Affect and the Dating Game.’ International Association for Philosophy and Literature, 3 - 9 June 2013, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Gn, J. (2012). ‘Futures of the floating world – From Ukiyo to contemporary Japanese animation.’ Flux! Mediating Asian Change through Language, Literature and Performance. 27-28 September 2012. Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

  • Aesthetics
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Digital Media
  • East Asian Popular Culture
  • Social Robotics
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