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About the Muse Magazine Critic-in-Residence Programme

This programme is a joint initiative of Muse Magazine and the Journalism and Media Studies Centre. The programme offers a four-month critic-in-residence position to individuals with recognised expertise and an international reputation in various fields of critical writing, such as architecture and urban design, visual arts, music, and the performing arts.

The residency is created through the generous support of Muse Magazine, a leading Hong Kong arts and culture magazine that seeks to develop arts criticism in Hong Kong to better reflect the city’s cultural dynamism.

About Christian Caryl

Christian Caryl is a Contributing Editor at Foreign Policy, where he writes a column (“Reality Check”), and at Newsweek. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.

From 2004 to March 2009 he served as chief of the Northeast Asia Bureau of Newsweek, based in Tokyo. Before that, from 2000 to 2004, Caryl served as Newsweek’s Moscow Bureau Chief. After the World Trade Center attacks in September of 2001, he reported in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the magazine’s  coverage of the “war on terror”.

Earlier, Caryl served as Moscow bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report starting in July 1997. Before moving to Moscow, he spent 13 years as a freelance journalist in Germany. A 1984 graduate of Yale College, he speaks Russian and German. He is a native of Midland, Texas.

Caryl was appointed the Muse Magazine Critic-in-Residence for the 2010 Spring Semester. He is also teaching a post-graduate course on Critical Writing About the Arts at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of HKU.