Rui Hou

Department of Sociology, Queen's University

Rui Hou

Rui Hou is a PhD student in sociology at Queen's, under the supervision of Dr. Sarita Srivastava. Hou received his Bachelor from Nanjing University (China) and the MA from Tsinghua University (China), both in sociology. His research focuses on the connections among power, culture, space and subjective experiences of the dominated, such as emotions, identity, and values. In the surveillance center, Hou is trying to explore the surveillance of emotions by answering questions like how people's subjective experience (feelings, emotions and sentiments) can be surveilled and how people's emotions are recorded, shaped and managed in the surveillance society. His another research interest is the connections between the surveillance assemblage and China's governance. He wants to explore how Chinese government integrates the surveillance technology in its governance practice and whether the rise of surveillance society will change the existing state-market relation in China.