Renyi Hong joined the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore after graduating from the University of Southern California. He is primarily interested in labor and its relationships with affect, technology, and neoliberal capitalism. His first monograph, Passionate Work, contracted by Duke UP explores the uses of passion as a means of generating a milieu of endurance for those left out of the imaginary of the good life. His monograph in development, Bearable Media, examines the biopolitical relationship between human adaptation and computational media. Renyi has received awards for his work at the International Communication Association and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His works have also appeared in New Media & Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, tripleC and the International Journal of Communication, among others.
New media theory
Technology and culture
Communication and culture
Plasticity and culture
- Hong, R. (contracted). Passionate Work: Endurance After the Good Life. Duke University Press. Publication expected 2022
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
- Hong, R. (2016). #CokeDrones and the good life: Migrant workers in Singapore and the politics of recognition. In The Good Life in Asia’s Digital 21st Century (69-74). Digital Asian Hub: Hongkong
ARTICLES IN JOURNALS
- Hong, R. (Forthcoming). Telecommuting Pedagogies: White Plasticity and the Ecological Imaginaries of Working-From-Home. Social Text.
- Hong, R. (2021). Media Probes. Probing Interfaces: New Games, Spacewar!, and the Gamification of Complexity. International Journal of Communication, 15, 1836-1854. Available at: https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/16384/3415
- Hong, R. (2017). Office Interiors and the Fantasy of Information Work, Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 15(2), 543-564. Available at: http://triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/763
- Hong, R. (2016). Soft Skills and Hard Numbers: Gender Discourse in Human Resources, Big Data & Society, 1-13. Available at: http://bds.sagepub.com/content/3/2/2053951716674237.full.pdf+html
- Hong, R. (2015). Finding passion in work: Media, passion and career guides. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 18(2), 190–206.
- Jung, Y., Hall, J., Hong, R., Goh, T., Ong, N., & Tan, N. (2014). Payback: Effects of relationship and cultural norms on reciprocity. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 17(3), 160–172.
- Hong, R. & Chen, V.H.H. (2014). Becoming an ideal co-creator: Web materiality and intensive laboring practices in game modding. New Media & Society, 16(2), 290-305.
- Hong, R. (2013) Game modding, prosumerism and neoliberal labor practices. International Journal of Communication, 7, 984–1002. Available at: ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/download/1659/900
- Chen, V.H.H., Duh, H.B.L, & Hong, R. (2008). The changing dynamic of social interaction in World of Warcraft: The impacts of game feature change, Proceedings from ACE ’08: International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology.
Top student paper in the division of Philosophy, Theory, and Critique at International Communication Association (2017)
USC Graduate School Final Year Fellowship (2016-7)
Annenberg Summer Fellowship (2016)
First Prize Student Paper - Berkman Center for Internet and Society (2015)
Social History of Technology Travel Grant (2015)
USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium (2015)
Annenberg Graduate Fellowship (2011-2)