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‘Re-envisioning China through gender: a critical gaze on masculinities and postsocialist modernity’

Watch our conference podcast, with Dr Derek Hird (Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies, Lancaster University) presenting his research ‘Re-envisioning China through gender: a critical gaze on masculinities and postsocialist modernity’. Filmed at the conference ‘Re-Envisioning Gender in China’, 14–16 February 2019, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

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The Gender & China Guide to ICAS 11

Leiden, 16-19 July 2019

Finding one’s way around a conference as large as ICAS 11 can feel daunting — especially with so many parallel sessions relevant to your research interests going on at the same time. 

To simplify ICAS for you, the China Academic Network on Gender has compiled a short conference guide including individual presentations, panels, and your personalised gender & China itinerary. Follow one of our three handpicked streams, or make your own from our full list below. Happy conference!

You can also download the conference guide as PDF here.

You’re presenting on a China/gender-related topic and can’t find your name on the list? Send us an email at change@ulb.ac.be

The China Academic Network on Gender will be organising a get-together event for members during the conference. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Your personalised gender & China itinerary

Stream 1: Gender Representations and Feminisms

Tuesday, July 16

10:00 – 11:45
Religion, Politics, and the Representation of Chinese Women: Transdisciplinary Perspectives
Location: Huizinga 0.26 

Breaking the Reputation of Female Rule in China:Daoism and the Rewriting of the History of the Reign of Wu Zetian (624-705)
Timothy Barrett – University of London

From Mother Love to Spiritual Communities: The Political Vision in Su Xuelin’s Jixin
Maram Epstein – University of Oregon

Mary C.K. Chang, Another Face of Zhang Zhujun?
Ellen Widmer – Wellesley College

Peace activism in the Women’s Movement in Republican China
Louise Edwards – University of New South Wales

Wednesday, July 17

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Liberating Oppressed voices
New Digital Media and Changing Gender Roles: The Rise of Women Cultural Entrepreneurs in a Globalising China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.28
Daria Berg, Giorgio Strafella — University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

17:00 – 18:45
Session Title: Enterprising-self in China’s New Economy: The State, Technology and Individual
Wandering Internet Celebrities: Beauty Bloggers and Cross-platform Production
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.28 
Zexu Guan, Leiden University, Netherlands

Thursday, July 18

09:00 – 10:45

Gender and Social Policy in China
Location: Lipsius 2.27

“Han Teacher in the Uyghur School”: Nation, Muslim, and Military Wives in Chinese State Propaganda
Zheng Ying – Netherlands

Feminism or Marketability: The “Beauty Writer” and “Body Writing” Phenomenon in China and the World
Jolin Tian – University of Wollongong

Inside Work: Transformations in the Exploitation of Rural Women in Modern China
Tamara Jacka – Australian National University

Mainland Chinese New Age Milieu and the Post-Maoist Balancing of Yin and Yang
Anna Iskra – University of Hong Kong

11:15 – 13:00
The Transnational Languages of Socialist Feminist Internationalism: Chinese and German Perspectives
Location: Huizinga 0.04 
Socialist Feminist Imaginaries in Shanghai and Berlin in the 1930s
Anup Grewal – University of Toronto

“Not just a socialist woman, but an international socialist woman”: The image of the proletarian woman in German women’s writing, 1918-1929
Catherine Smale – King’s College London

Female Solidarity as Hope: Socialist Feminist Writings by Christa Wolf and Ding Ling
Yejun Zou – King’s College London

14:45 – 16:30
The Threat of the Beautiful Woman: The Influence – or Lack of – European Feminism in Chinese Representations of the Feminine / Feminism
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.13 

Yang Fudong and the ambiguities of female power in contemporary Chinese art, Christine Vial Kayser – Creops, Paris IV-Sorbonne

‘My Body Says’: Performing Vagina Monologues and Enacting Transnational Feminism in Contemporary China
Hongwei Bao – University of Nottingham

Girls who drink human blood: Lipstick, feminism, and the male gaze in Xiao Hong’s fiction
Coraline Jortay – Université libre de Bruxelles

The image of the “modern girl” in the Republican Shanghai in the writings and images of Ye Lingfeng
Marie Laureillard – Lumière-Lyon 2 University

17:00 – 18:45
Women Empowerment and Female Images in Asia
Location: Lipsius 2.27 
Feminine Visibility, The Self and Design in Early Twentieth Century Visual Culture in China
Sandy Ng – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Revising women’s work: Representing the production of cotton in 18th-century China
Roslyn Lee Hammers – University of Hong Kong

Gender and Identity in Hong Kong Art
Silvia Fok – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Friday, July 19

09:00 – 10:45
Writing Women’s Roles in 5th-13th Century China
Location: Lipsius 0.05 
Representing Palace Women in Medieval Chinese Literature: The “Zhao Feiyan waizhuan” in Images of the Imperial Harem
Olivia Milburn – Seoul National University

Possession, Revelation, and Identities: Healers, Transcendents, and “Enchanted” Women in Song China
Hsiao-wen Cheng – University of Pennsylvania

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Governance, Religion and Ethnic Others: A View from Southwest China
Religion and Gender: Yao Female Singers and Their Relation with Panhu
Location: Lipsius 0.05 
Meiwen Chen, Independent Scholar, Netherlands

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Fictional Realities
Tragicomedy: Modern Love and New Women in Yang Jiang’s Translated “Comedy of Manners”
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.02 
Xi Tian, Bucknell University, United States

17:00 – 18:45
Session Title: War and Conflict III
Imagining Female Heroism: Three Tales of the Woman Fighter in Republican China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.16 
Iris Ma, University of Notre Dame, United States

Stream 2: Beyond Women: Masculinities and Queer Approaches to Gender

Tuesday, July 16

10:00 – 11:45
Session Title: ICAS Book Prize ‘Humanities’ – Shortlisted Authors
After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.17 
Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis, United States 

Wednesday, July 17

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: Emotion and Transnational Migration in Asia and Europe I
The Pleasure of Being Useful: Ageing Japanese Men, Migration and Encore Careers in Dalian, China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.30 
Kumiko Kawashima, Macquarie University, Australia

17:00 – 18:45
Session Title: East and Southeast Asian Queer Cultures in Transnational Frames
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.20

Queer Chinese Malaysians’ Educational Migration to Taiwan
Ting-Fai Yu, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia

Walking Up to the Front: Assembling Gay Live Streamers, Reconfiguring Chinese Gay Male Subjectivities on Gay Dating Apps
Shuaishuai Wang, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thursday, July 18

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: B&D Carousel: Art, Museums and a Personal Reflection
#notesofapatriot : On Ghana, Asia, China, Fela, Women, Zidane and More
Location: Huizinga 0.04  
Lloyd Amoah, Centre for Asian Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Sexuality and Discontent II
Fire in My Heart: Smoldering Pornographies on the Chinese Internet
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C0.04
Katrien Jacobs, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Belgium

Friday, July 19

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Social Engagement and Activism II
A Traitor or Patriot: Yang Yinyu and Her Struggling in Masculine Society and Nationalism in China
Location: Lipsius 2.27 
Xuening Kong, University at Buffalo (SUNY), United States

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Lifestyle, Identities and Social Capital in China, Japan and Korea
Modern Chinese Parenthood: Cultural Identities in Flux
Location: Lipsius 0.28 
Marleen Spijkman, University of Twente, Netherlands – Co-Author(s): Menno de Jong, University of Twente, Netherlands ; Ke Xue, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Stream 3: Marriage, Migration and Comparative Perspectives

Tuesday, July 16

10:00 – 11:45

Session Title: Marriage Migration: Emotions, Socio-Economic Decisions and State Policies
Wife or Maid? Chinese Marriage Migrants’ Lives in Taiwanese Households
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.14 
Paoyi Huang, City University of New York, United States

13:30 – 15:15
Session Title: B&D Carousel: Migration for a Multitude of Reasons
Illusions and Suffering: Chinese Migrants in Paris
Location: Huizinga 0.23c
Simeng Wang, The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Wednesday, July 17

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: Emotion and Transnational Migration in Asia and Europe I
The Pleasure of Being Useful: Ageing Japanese Men, Migration and Encore Careers in Dalian, China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.30 
Kumiko Kawashima, Macquarie University, Australia

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Parenting Practices in Public Policy and Media in Contemporary China
Marrying the Perfect Child — Middle Class Norms and Intergenerational Arrangements in the Marriage Corners of Urban China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.20  
Jean-Baptiste Pettier, Affective Societies Collaborative Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Temporalities and Social Activities in Changing Asian Rural Societies I
Temporalities of Marriage in Contemporary Rural China: Harmonization Between Ritual Practices and Life Rhythms
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C0.04 
Renyou Hou, Institut Nationales des Langues et Civilisation Orientales, France

17:00 – 18:45
Roundtable: New Approaches to “Race” in Asia
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.14

Elizabeth LaCouture
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Jason Petrulis
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Sonja Thomas
Colby College, United States

Lawrence Chua
Syracuse University, United States

Thursday, July 18

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: Transnational Foodways: Farming, Food Entrepreneurship, and Identity Politics in Asia and Europe
A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Farming Women in China and Sweden
Location: Lipsius 0.05 
Annika Pissin, Lund University, Sweden

11:15 – 13:00
The Transnational Languages of Socialist Feminist Internationalism: Chinese and German Perspectives
Location: Huizinga 0.04 

Socialist Feminist Imaginaries in Shanghai and Berlin in the 1930s
Anup Grewal – University of Toronto

“Not just a socialist woman, but an international socialist woman”: The image of the proletarian woman in German women’s writing, 1918-1929
Catherine Smale – King’s College London

Female Solidarity as Hope: Socialist Feminist Writings by Christa Wolf and Ding Ling
Yejun Zou – King’s College London

14:45 – 16:30

Rethinking Gender Equality and Transitional Justice in Post-War Taiwan
Location: Lipsius 2.27

Taiwan and Marriage Equality
Jens Damm – Chang Jung University, Taiwan

CEDAW in Taiwan and the localization of Women’s Human Rights
Astrid Lipinsky – University Vienna

The Implementation of Taiwan’s Gender Equity Education Act – Current and Future Challenges
Fanni Maráczi – Pallas Athene Geopolitical Institute

Friday, July 19

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: A Century of May Fourths: Legacies, Questions and Reinterpretations
“Our Responsibility”: Missionary school girls and the May Fourth Movement in Shanghai, 1917-1929
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.14
Jennifer Bond, Durham University, United Kingdom

11:15 – 13:00 
Session Title: Student and Skilled Mobilities Across Asia and Beyond II
Asian Women Scientists on the Move: Privilege, Prejudice and Pressure
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C1.31 
Anju Mary Paul, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Migrant Workers: Rights, Policy and Practice II
Gendered Migration in Asia: A Study of Low-Wage Female Migrant Workers from China to Singapore
Location: Lipsius 0.02 
Wei Yang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Individual Presentations

Tuesday, July 16

10:00 – 11:45
Session Title: ICAS Book Prize ‘Humanities’ – Shortlisted Authors
After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.17 
Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis, United States 

Session Title: Marriage Migration: Emotions, Socio-Economic Decisions and State Policies
Wife or Maid? Chinese Marriage Migrants’ Lives in Taiwanese Households
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.14 
Paoyi Huang, City University of New York, United States

13:30 – 15:15
Session Title: B&D Carousel: Migration for a Multitude of Reasons
Illusions and Suffering: Chinese Migrants in Paris
Location: Huizinga 0.23c
Simeng Wang, The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Wednesday, July 17

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: Emotion and Transnational Migration in Asia and Europe I
The Pleasure of Being Useful: Ageing Japanese Men, Migration and Encore Careers in Dalian, China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.30 
Kumiko Kawashima, Macquarie University, Australia

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Parenting Practices in Public Policy and Media in Contemporary China
Marrying the Perfect Child — Middle Class Norms and Intergenerational Arrangements in the Marriage Corners of Urban China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.20  
Jean-Baptiste Pettier, Affective Societies Collaborative Research Center, Freie, Universität Berlin, Germany

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Temporalities and Social Activities in Changing Asian Rural Societies I
Temporalities of Marriage in Contemporary Rural China: Harmonization Between Ritual Practices and Life Rhythms
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C0.04 
Renyou Hou, Institut Nationales des Langues et Civilisation Orientales, France

Session Title: Temporalities and Social Activities in Changing Asian Rural Societies I
The Time Challenges of Beauty Pageant for Gyarong (China)
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C0.04 
Jingming Fan, Université Paris Nanterre, France

Session Title: Liberating Oppressed voices
New Digital Media and Changing Gender Roles: The Rise of Women Cultural Entrepreneurs in a Globalising China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.28
Daria Berg, Giorgio Strafella — University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

17:00 – 18:45
Session Title: East and Southeast Asian Queer Cultures in Transnational Frames
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.20
Queer Chinese Malaysians’ Educational Migration to Taiwan
Ting-Fai Yu, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
Walking Up to the Front: Assembling Gay Live Streamers, Reconfiguring Chinese Gay Male Subjectivities on Gay Dating Apps
Shuaishuai Wang, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Session Title: Enterprising-self in China’s New Economy: The State, Technology and Individual
Wandering Internet Celebrities: Beauty Bloggers and Cross-platform Production
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.28 
Zexu Guan, Leiden University, Netherlands

Session Title: Enterprising-self in China’s New Economy: The State, Technology and Individual
From Apprentice to Entrepreneur: Rural Migrant Women and Affective Labour in the Shanghai Beauty Parlour Industry
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.28
Penn Tsz Ting Ip, University of York, Canada

Thursday, July 18

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: B&D Carousel: Art, Museums and a Personal Reflection
#notesofapatriot : On Ghana, Asia, China, Fela, Women, Zidane and More
Location: Huizinga 0.04  
Lloyd Amoah, Centre for Asian Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana

Session Title: Transnational Foodways: Farming, Food Entrepreneurship, and Identity Politics in Asia and Europe
A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Farming Women in China and Sweden
Location: Lipsius 0.05 
Annika Pissin, Lund University, Sweden

Session Title: B&D Carousel: Economic Developments
Towards Gender Diversity on the Boards of Listed Firms in China and India?
Location: Huizinga 0.23c 
Alice de Jonge, Monash University, Australia

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Writing and Gender I
Trouble WomenTrouble ComedyLi Jianwu’s Adaption of Lysistrata in Shanghai (1946)
Location: Lipsius 0.02 
Jian Zhang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Session Title: Sexuality and Discontent II
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C0.04
Counter Discourses to Sex Binarism in May Fourth Literary Feminism
Xi Liu, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Fire in My Heart: Smoldering Pornographies on the Chinese Internet
Katrien Jacobs, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Belgium

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Revisiting Urban Spaces in Late Imperial China Through Visuality and Materiality
Picturing Urban Pleasures of Nanjing: Courtesans, Gender, and Representations in Ming Dynasty
Location: Lipsius 3.08
Yizhou Wang, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Session Title: Chinese Diaspora: Historical Trajectories and current Socio-Economic Influence in the Global World I
Emotional Geographies, Hyper-mobility and Transnationalism: Migrant Women’s Circulations Between China and Taiwan
Location: Huizinga 0.06
Beatrice Zani, Lyon 2 University, France

Writing and Gender II
Location: Lipsius 0.02
Feminist Approaches to Reflecting on the Cultural Revolution – Contextual and Textual Study on Literary Works by Chinese Female Writers in 1990s
Luming Zhang, Duke University, United States
The Weakening of “Yin”: The Suicide and the Unpunished Endings of Wanton Women in Ming-Qing Fiction
Ziyi Hu, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Friday, July 19

09:00 – 10:45
Session Title: A Century of May Fourths: Legacies, Questions and Reinterpretations
“Our Responsibility”: Missionary school girls and the May Fourth Movement in Shanghai, 1917-1929
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.14
Jennifer Bond, Durham University, United Kingdom

11:15 – 13:00
Session Title: Social Engagement and Activism II
A Traitor or Patriot: Yang Yinyu and Her Struggling in Masculine Society and Nationalism in China
Location: Lipsius 2.27 
Xuening Kong, University at Buffalo (SUNY), United States

Session Title: Student and Skilled Mobilities Across Asia and Beyond II
Asian Women Scientists on the Move: Privilege, Prejudice and Pressure
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C1.31 
Anju Mary Paul, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Session Title: Language and Literature of China
The Functions of the Wu Dialect in the Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.14 
Wen He, IrAsia, Aix-Marseille University, France

Session Title: Governance, Religion and Ethnic Others: A View from Southwest China
Religion and Gender: Yao Female Singers and Their Relation with Panhu
Location: Lipsius 0.05 
Meiwen Chen, Independent Scholar, Netherlands

14:45 – 16:30
Session Title: Migrant Workers: Rights, Policy and Practice II
Gendered Migration in Asia: A Study of Low-Wage Female Migrant Workers from China to Singapore
Location: Lipsius 0.02 
Wei Yang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Session Title: Lifestyle, Identities and Social Capital in China, Japan and Korea
Modern Chinese Parenthood: Cultural Identities in Flux
Location: Lipsius 0.28 
Marleen Spijkman, University of Twente, Netherlands; Co-Author(s) Menno de Jong, University of Twente, Netherlands, Ke Xue, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Session Title: Fictional Realities
Tragicomedy: Modern Love and New Women in Yang Jiang’s Translated “Comedy of Manners”
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes A0.02 
Xi Tian, Bucknell University, United States

Dynastic History I
Party, Ball, and Hostess: The Politics of Gender and Etiquette in Late Qing Diplomacy
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes C0.20
Xia Shi, New College of Florida, United States

17:00 – 18:45
Session Title: War and Conflict III
Imagining Female Heroism: Three Tales of the Woman Fighter in Republican China
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.16 
Iris Ma, University of Notre Dame, United States

Full panels and roundtables

Tuesday, July 16

10:00 – 11:45
Religion, Politics, and the Representation of Chinese Women: Transdisciplinary Perspectives
Location: Huizinga 0.26 

Breaking the Reputation of Female Rule in China:Daoism and the Rewriting of the History of the Reign of Wu Zetian (624-705)
Timothy Barrett – University of London

From Mother Love to Spiritual Communities: The Political Vision in Su Xuelin’s Jixin
Maram Epstein – University of Oregon

Mary C.K. Chang, Another Face of Zhang Zhujun?
Ellen Widmer – Wellesley College

Peace activism in the Women’s Movement in Republican China
Louise Edwards – University of New South Wales

Wednesday, July 17

17:00 – 18:45
Roundtable: New Approaches to “Race” in Asia
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.14

Elizabeth LaCouture
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Jason Petrulis
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Sonja Thomas
Colby College, United States

Lawrence Chua
Syracuse University, United States

Thursday, July 18

09:00 – 10:45
Gender and Social Policy in China
Location: Lipsius 2.27

“Han Teacher in the Uyghur School”: Nation, Muslim, and Military Wives in Chinese State Propaganda
Zheng Ying – Netherlands

Feminism or Marketability: The “Beauty Writer” and “Body Writing” Phenomenon in China and the World
Jolin Tian – University of Wollongong

Inside Work: Transformations in the Exploitation of Rural Women in Modern China
Tamara Jacka – Australian National University

Mainland Chinese New Age Milieu and the Post-Maoist Balancing of Yin and Yang
Anna Iskra – University of Hong Kong

11:15 – 13:00
The Transnational Languages of Socialist Feminist Internationalism: Chinese and German Perspectives
Location: Huizinga 0.04 

Socialist Feminist Imaginaries in Shanghai and Berlin in the 1930s
Anup Grewal – University of Toronto

“Not just a socialist woman, but an international socialist woman”: The image of the proletarian woman in German women’s writing, 1918-1929
Catherine Smale – King’s College London

Female Solidarity as Hope: Socialist Feminist Writings by Christa Wolf and Ding Ling
Yejun Zou – King’s College London

14:45 – 16:30
The Threat of the Beautiful Woman: The Influence – or Lack of – European Feminism in Chinese Representations of the Feminine / Feminism
Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.13 

Yang Fudong and the ambiguities of female power in contemporary Chinese art, Christine Vial Kayser – Creops, Paris IV-Sorbonne

‘My Body Says’: Performing Vagina Monologues and Enacting Transnational Feminism in Contemporary China
Hongwei Bao – University of Nottingham

Girls who drink human blood: Lipstick, feminism, and the male gaze in Xiao Hong’s fiction
Coraline Jortay – Université libre de Bruxelles

The image of the “modern girl” in the Republican Shanghai in the writings and images of Ye Lingfeng
Marie Laureillard – Lumière-Lyon 2 University

 

Rethinking Gender Equality and Transitional Justice in Post-War Taiwan
Location: Lipsius 2.27

Taiwan and Marriage Equality
Jens Damm – Chang Jung University, Taiwan

CEDAW in Taiwan and the localization of Women’s Human Rights
Astrid Lipinsky – University Vienna

The Implementation of Taiwan’s Gender Equity Education Act – Current and Future Challenges
Fanni Maráczi – Pallas Athene Geopolitical Institute

17:00 – 18:45
Women Empowerment and Female Images in Asia
Location: Lipsius 2.27 

Feminine Visibility, The Self and Design in Early Twentieth Century Visual Culture in China
Sandy Ng – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Revising women’s work: Representing the production of cotton in 18th-century China
Roslyn Lee Hammers – University of Hong Kong

Gender and Identity in Hong Kong Art
Silvia Fok – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Friday, July 19

09:00 – 10:45
Writing Women’s Roles in 5th-13th Century China
Location: Lipsius 0.05 

Representing Palace Women in Medieval Chinese Literature: The “Zhao Feiyan waizhuan” in Images of the Imperial Harem
Olivia Milburn – Seoul National University

Possession, Revelation, and Identities: Healers, Transcendents, and “Enchanted” Women in Song China
Hsiao-wen Cheng – University of Pennsylvania

Conference programme: Re-envisioning gender in China

Free entrance with registration.

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Day 1 | Thursday, 14 February

Salle Somville – Bâtiment S.

13:00 Registration
14:00–14:15 Conference opening and welcome address
Vanessa Frangville (ULB), Jennifer Bond, Chang Liu, and Coraline Jortay
14:15–15:45 Keynote address
Gail Hershatter (UC Santa Cruz)
Blindspotting, gender, and China’s revolutions
15:45 Coffee break
16:00–17:45 Panel 1 | Re-envisioning audiences: gender, bodies, and readability
Discussant: Jennifer Althenger (KCL)
Chair: Coraline Jortay (ULB)
XIE Chen (Birmingham), Tang Women and the art of writing
GENG Yushu (Cambridge), A gendered reading public: obscene publications and spectatorship in Republican China
WANG Yang (U Colorado), The internalizing gaze: urban subjectivity and ink representations of peasant women in the early PRC
ZHOU Yunyun (Oxford), Narrating Funü ganbu: new discourses and visualisations of women cadres in China’s post-socialist media
18:00 Speakers’ dinner

Day 2 | Friday, 15 February

Grande salle du CIERL

8:30 Morning coffee
9:00–10:30 Panel 2 | Beyond Chineseness: intersectional approaches
Discussant: Vanessa Frangville (ULB)
Chair: Chang Liu (CUHK Shenzhen)
ZHU Jing (Humboldt), Visualising human differences in late imperial China: body, nakedness, and sexuality
Yasser NASSER (Chicago), The pedagogy of pan-Asian sisterhood: Xin Zhongguo funü and defending the peace of Asia
Aurélia ISHITSUKA (Genève), Visual encounters in global Shanghai: racial and gendered arrangements of bodies in a coworking space
10:30 Coffee break
10:45–12:30 Panel 3 | Gender, networks, and solidarities
Discussant: Gail Hershatter (UC Santa Cruz)
Chair: Jennifer Bond (Durham)
Rebecca Karl (NYU), Tracing feminist origins of Marxism in China
PI Chenying (Heidelberg), Becoming guimi (闺蜜): singleness, friendship, and the cosmopolitan city in Chinese popular culture
Harriet Evans (LSE), The invisibility of nannü pingdeng in an ‘old Beijing’ neighbourhood: grassroots perspectives on changing gender relations since the eve of the PRC
Béatrice Zani (Lyon 2), Towards a transnational ‘mutuality of being’: gendered solidarity networks, and affections between China and Taiwan
12:30 Lunch break
13:30–14:30 Talk
Derek Hird (Lancaster)
Re-envisioning China through gender: a critical gaze on masculinities and postsocialist modernity
14:45 Coffee break
14:45–16:30 Panel 4 | Queering masculinities on the page and screen
Discussant: Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (University of Lincoln)
Chair: David Paternotte (ULB)
HEE Wai-Siam (Nanyang Technological University), From amorous histories to sexual histories: tracing the origins of the term pi
GU Jingyi (UIUC), ‘Fanchuan’ on TV and ‘drag’ in the dance hall: gender impersonation and the legibility of Chinese queer identity
Pamela Hunt (Oxford), Good fellows on the road: masculinity and the Han Han phenomenon
Corrado Neri (Lyon 3), The SCUD enigma
16:30 Coffee break
16:45–18:30 Panel 5 | Gender in the digital age
Discussant: BAO Hongwei (Nottingham)
Chair: ZHOU Yunyun (Oxford)
Kara CHAN & Giovanna PUPPIN (Hong Kong Baptist University & Leicester), In the name of love? Exploring the representation of women, loving relationships, and marriage in Chinese controversial advertising campaigns
GUAN Zexu (Leiden), Beauty blog and micro-business: two ways to sell beauty in digital China
LIU Chiu Wan (SOAS), Changing marital power relations in the digital era? Negotiating the role of breadwinner and housekeeper in the Chinese Taobao families
Taliesin Thomas (Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts), Asexual sex: expanding visions of gender in contemporary Chinese art
20:00–21:30 Film screening & round table
WEI Tingting, Bichina (48 mins, OV with EN subtitles)
Salle de projection de la Maison des Arts (J56.3.303)
Stijin Deklerck (KUL/Liège, producer of Bichina), Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (University of Lincoln), Berenice M. Reynaud (Lyon 3), and Marie Vermeiren (Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien Film Festival).

Day 3 | Saturday, 16 February

Grande salle du CIERL

8:30 Morning coffee
9:00–10:45 Panel 6 | The body as a temple: inscribed mythologies
Discussant: Françoise Lauwaert (ULB)
Chair: Pamela Hunt (Oxford)
MA Xu (UC Irvine), Boudoir and temple: re-imagining women’s social spaces in later imperial China
Rachel Marsen & Linda Pittwood (University of the Arts London & Nottingham), ‘Gender scars’: women artists in China and beyond
Zhan Feifei (SOAS), Narcissus meets Cinderella: gaze, body, and mother-daughter relationship in Narcissus Went with Carp
Doris Sung (U Alabama), Sirens: the enchantresses of contemporary art in China
10:45 Coffee break
11:00–12:00 Talk
Pierre Kaser (Université Aix-Marseille)
Variations érotiques dans les fictions de Li Yu (1611–1680)
12:00–13:30 Concluding round table
Out of the ‘house of gender’ and into the world
Chair: Gail Hershatter
Jennifer Altehenger, Bao Hongwei, Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Harriet Evans, Vanessa FrangvilleDerek Hird, and Rebecca Karl.
13:30 Beers & Brain
Join us to discuss the network’s future around drinks

Scientific committee: Jennifer Altehenger (KCL), Hongwei Bao (Nottingham), Jennifer Bond (Durham), Stijn Deklerck (KU Leuven), Eric Florence (Liège/CEFC HK), Derek Hird (Lancaster), Denise Y. HO (Yale), Michel Hockx (Notre Dame), Andrea Janku (SOAS), Françoise Lauwaert (ULB), Chang Liu (CUHK Shenzhen), LIU Jieyu (SOAS), David Paternotte (ULB).
Organizing committee: Vanessa Frangville, Eric Florence, Coraline Jortay, Chang Liu, Jennifer Bond.

Organized by China Academic Network on Gender(CHANGE) together with the Center for East Asian Studies (EASt) and the Structure de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le genre, l’égalité et la sexualité (STRIGES) at the Maison des Sciences humaines (MSH-ULB).
In partnership with the Université de Liège, the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, the SOAS China Institute, the Department of History at King’s College London, and the Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU).

Call for papers: re-envisioning gender in China

Conference title: Re-Envisioning Gender in China
Dates: 14-16 February 2019
Location: Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
How do we re-envision gender in China? Conversely, how does gender allow us to re-envision China? Following feminist theorist bell hooks’ impetus that ‘There is power in looking’, and that probing ‘a critical gaze, one that “looks” to document, one that is oppositional’, the second conference of the China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) seeks to examine what new dynamics and power relations are transmitted, focused, defocused or blurred when gender is used as the prism to examine Chinese society and cultural practices.
Interdisciplinary at heart, the conference looks to articulate issues of gender in representation and spectatorship in the humanities and social sciences. What do such analyses reveal about the assumptions and narratives of voyeurism, gender-blindness, or masculine/feminine gazes? How are minorities (including sexual minorities) looked through or looked down upon? How do feminist and queer filmmakers seize gender as a lens in the literal sense? What about deliberate blurring practices of gender boundaries? How does re-envisioning gender allow us to look ‘against the grain’ at canonical texts, or to explore transgressive representations beyond ‘Chineseness’ and gender binaries?
This conference aims to bring together doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers working on gender and China. We welcome applications from a broad range of disciplines including but not limited to: gender studies, media studies, cultural studies, film studies, literature, history, sociology, anthropology, queer studies. The conference is particularly interested in individual contributions that contrast various approaches within gender studies and the cross-fertilisation that those lenses can bring … We particularly encourage papers in the following subject areas:
  • Uses of visual metaphors and links between the visual and non-visual
  • Analyses of visual media, including photography, cartoon, and film
  • Political uses of visual material as it relates to bodies, including propaganda
  • Representations of the LGBT+ community in media
  • Re-imagining bodies in visual imagery
  • Objectification and gendered gazes
  • Invisibilizing of marginalised groups
  • Mystical and religious visions of sex and sexuality
  • (Di-)visions of labour predicated on gender difference
  • Images and self-narratives that challenge and/or negotiate hierarchies of gender as forms of resistance

During the workshop participants will be encouraged to frame their own work in discussion with other researchers’ papers. They will also have the chance to gain feedback on their research from leading scholars in the field who will act as discussants in each panel session. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the conference with a film screening related to the conference topic in the evening.

Outstanding papers will be selected for publication in a special issue of China Perspectives/Perspectives chinoises, a double-blind peer-reviewed journal indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science), as well as in 8 international databases (including SCOPUS).
Conceived as an inclusive space for dialogue between young researchers and established scholars, we hope the conference will also be an opportunity to envision the future development of this field of research and the growth of academic networks of solidarities.

Participating scholars

The keynote speaker, Prof. Gail Hershatter (UC Santa Cruz), is a historian of modern China, the author of several books on gender in twentieth-century China, including The Gender of Memory (UC Press, 2011) and Dangerous Pleasures (UC Press, 1997).
Prof. Pierre Kaser (Aix-Marseille University), who specialises in ancient Chinese literature, Chinese history, literary translation and methodology, will present his latest research. Dr Derek Hird (Lancaster University), who has done extensive research on Chinese men and masculinities in China and the UK, will also share his research. Dr Jennifer Altehenger (KCL), Prof. Vanessa Frangville (ULB), Dr Jieyu Liu (SOAS) and Prof. David Paternotte (ULB) will also participate as panel discussants.

Submission

Please send a 250 word abstract to change@ulb.ac.be, include your full name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short bio before 31 October 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in late November 2018, and successful applicants will need to submit full papers two weeks prior to the conference (1 February 2019). For further information, please contact the workshop committee at the above email address.

Calendar

– Deadline for abstract: 31 October 2018
– Notification of acceptance: late November 2018
– Deadline for full submission: 1 February 2019

Organisers

China Academic Network on Gender & l’Université libre de Bruxelles
Committee: Jennifer Bond (SOAS), Chang Liu (CUHK Shenzhen), Coraline Jortay (ULB)
This is the second in a series of CHANGE biennial conferences. The previous one was held in February 2017 in London.

Launching the China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE)

CHANGE and challenge

The China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) was launched on our conference in Brussels
On 14-15 May 2018, the inaugural conference of the China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) was held at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) in partnership with SOAS, King’s College London and East China Normal University. The event was conceived both as the network’s official public launch and as its first scientific manifestation. Titled ‘Articulating Gender in Modern China: Retro-Prospective Encounters’, the conference brought together researchers from Europe and China whose research focuses on gender issues in modern China from the humanities and social sciences perspective.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jin Jiang (East China Normal University)
Participating scholars: Dr Jennifer Altehenger (King’s College London), Dr Stijn Deklerck (KU Leuven), Dr Colette Harris (SOAS), Prof. Vanessa Frangville (ULB), Prof. Peter Jackson (Australia National University), Prof. Katrien Jacobs (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Prof. Françoise Lauwaert (ULB)

Conference overview

Monday 14 May

The conference was officially inaugurated with a short speech from representatives of the partner universities including Dr Jennifer Altehenger (KCL), Dr Colette Harris (SOAS) and Prof. Laurent Licata, the Vice-Rector in charge of Diversity and Gender Policies at ULB. Conference participants were also welcomed by representatives of ULB’s Maison des Sciences Humaines, EASt (ULB’s research centre on North and South East Asia), and Striges (ULB’s interdisciplinary structure on Gender, Equality and Sexuality). The CHANGE network founders Jennifer Bond, Liu Chang and Coraline Jortay also introduced the network, with a short talk on its history, its current projects and future aims. The conference was then opened with the keynote speech from Prof. Jiang Jin (ECNU) on the ‘State of the Field of Gender and Women’s Studies in China.’
After a brief historical overview emphasizing how women’s liberation through the 1950 Marriage Law effectively served as an important  benchmark for modernity and legitimacy for the CCP after the founding of the PRC, Prof. Jiang brushed a panorama of the field dating back to the 1980s when the first generation of western scholars such as Gail Hershatter and Emily Honig started to research gender issues in China after the Cultural Revolution. Prof. Jiang highlighted the cultural and historical background that scholars researching gender in China and the West brought with them to the field. As China emerged from the Cultural Revolution, Chinese scholars of gender, such as Li Xiaojiang 李小江, started to unpick the gendered norms of the previous decades. The 1990s saw a boom of publication, translation and institutional building. Efforts were made to establish women’s studies as an academic discipline within the curriculum of universities in China. This was supported by a host of organisations such as the Ford Foundation. Although these efforts ultimately failed, the beginning of the twenty-first century saw the establishment of research centres dedicated to women’s studies, including the Center for Culture and Gender Studies at ECNU. Prof. Jiang then showed how Chinese scholars had explored strategies to create a Chinese theory in gender studies. Starting from the 1980s, gender issues have also gradually attracted broader public attention in China.
A final remark underlined how women’s studies in Chinese academia had since its foundation in the 1980s lacked a corresponding social movement, which has recently begun to take shape along with the MeToo movement. Zhu Yuhang from ECNU outlined how recent sexual harassment cases in China have also had an impact as students start to rethink gender relations. These recent discussions about gender and sexual harassment in public, particularly on social media, are supposed to align with academics’ continued efforts to establish a field. Nevertheless, the extent to which these recent discussions about gender and sexual harassment in the public realm, particularly via social media will ally with Chinese gender scholars’ continued efforts to find a more central and permanent home for their subject is a question which has yet to be answered.

The afternoon began with a roundtable discussion facilitated by Prof. Françoise Lauwaert (ULB), entitled ‘Methods, Practices and Challenges of Gender Research in China’. Participants included Jiang Jin who works on Shanghai, Katrien Jacobs on Hong Kong, Séagh Kehoe on Tibet and Nepal. Jennifer Altehenger’s research focuses on propaganda, popular culture production and material culture in the PRC, while Colette Harris has been working on masculinities and femininities in Central Asia and Africa. Bringing together scholars working on art, literature, history, anthropology, sociology, politics and film studies, the roundtable discussed different challenges (practical, institutional, fieldwork-related, etc.) and practices of doing gender research in China today, contrasting the differences and similarities depending on different disciplines and places.
Various questions were raised and debated during this lively session, with much engagement from the audience: How does gender become one of the many lenses through which we can analyse our sources? How to use alternative (artistic, performative …) methods to teach students in relation to gender? What are the risks and benefits of social media compared to traditional ethnography for gender-related topics? Does building an academic field of gender studies make one an activist? The session also discussed ethical issues of doing research in China, and the sexual challenges and opportunities that research students are faced with in conducting their fieldwork. These challenges often stem from notions of reciprocity that research entails and the suitability of universities current ethics committees and frameworks for the practicalities of doing gender research in China was also questioned.

The first day of the conference ended in a session titled ‘Gender & Asia in Dialogue’.  The papers complemented each other in their discussion of how magic in fiction and practice has intertwined with ideas about class, gender fluidity and border crossing from historical and modern perspectives in China and southeast Asia. Prof. Peter Jackson (ANU) brought together queer and religious practices in contemporary Thailand in a talk ‘A World Ever More Enchanted: Modernity Makes Magic in 21st Century Southeast Asia’. Françoise Lauwaert (ULB) gave a fascinating paper ‘Crossing the Borders Between Genders and species in Chinese Religious Fiction’.

Tuesday 15 May

On the second day of the conference, the first panel entitled ‘Intervention and Interaction: Individual, Organisation and State’, chaired by Vanessa Frangville (ULB), brought together scholars working on issues of gender, religion, class and ethnicity in China. Panel participants included Zhu Yuhang (East China Normal University), Hollie Gowan (University of Leeds), Kailing Xie (York University) and Séagh Kehoe (University of Nottingham). The panel helped us to draw comparisons about the interactions between individuals and the state in gender negotiations in China both in the past and at present. The question of the relationship between gender, religion and female agency in China was raised in Zhu Yuhang’s and Hollie Gowan’s papers. Hollie Gowan’s talk also provided interesting methodological insights into conducting interviews with women in faith-based organisations in China, giving examples of the type of questions she asked when attempting to unpick women’s understanding of selfhood and identity.

The next two papers highlighted the intersection of ethnicity, gender and class in the feminist movement in contemporary China. Kailing’s Xie’s presentation on China’s well-educated urban daughters highlighted the challenges and paradoxes that this group of privileged middle-class women face in their pursuit of an increasingly unobtainable vision of ideal womanhood as portrayed in state and social media discourses. Séagh Kehoe’s talk discussed the intersectionality of Gender and ethnicity in China and the problem currently facing the middle-class feminist movement in urban China of how to bring non-Han perspectives and experiences of gender into the debate.
The second panel entitled ‘Deciphering Sexuality and Gender: Literary Works, Visual Sources and Social Space’, asked us to shift our perspective to a more grassroots approach, considering how individuals negotiate the heteronormative discourses that permeate state-sponsored discussion of gender identity and sexuality in modern China. The session was chaired by Colette Harris and participants included Florine Leplâtre (INALCO), Katrien Jacobs (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Lucas Monteil (Paris 8 University), and Stijn Deklerck (KU Leuven).
Florine Leplâtre’s paper dissected the types of female activism displayed in two late Qing novels and questioned to what extent the concept of Femo-nationalism can be usefully applied to this type of fiction. Katrien Jacobs’ research into gender and pornography explores the positive ‘after-glow’ felt after viewing pornography and her research encompasses a participatory group based research in Hong Kong. Questions relating to queer pornographies and different cultural influences in pornography across Asia and the West also arose. Lucas Monteil’s research looks at the individual negotiations that male homosexuals in modern China face when negotiating the heteronormative expectations of society about marriage. Stijn Deklerck highlighted the collective strategies of the LGBTQI community in these negotiations and also touched on the relationship between his status as an activist and research on LGBTQI issues in modern China. This promoted a broader discussion which is applicable to all researchers in the field, as well as for CHANGE on how to negotiate these identities as researcher and activist. Both Lucas and Stijn shared visual sources with the group to allow an understanding of the spaces and methods used by the LGBTQI community to articulate their gendered identities in China.

Our workshop came to a close with a talk by Prof. Jiang Jin, entitled ‘Women Playing Men: Same-Sex Relations in Shaoxing Opera in Republican Shanghai’, based on her book Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in twentieth-century Shanghai (Washington, 2009). Prof. Jiang explored how female opera stars could, by adopting the dress and characteristics of men, push at the boundaries of what was considered permissible between the sexes in terms of on-stage intimacy as the viewers were aware that both players were female. According to Prof. Jiang, female opera stars playing men’s roles could experiment with new subject positions and strategies for asserting their identities.
We would like to reiterate our thanks to all the participants and sponsors who helped to make this network launch a success, including East China Normal University Center for Culture and Gender Studies, King’s College London History Department, SOAS China Institute and Center for Gender Studies, and especially to Striges, EASt and the Maison des science humaines at ULB for hosting our inaugural conference.
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Inaugural conference of the China Academic Network on Gender

Articulating Gender in Modern China:
Retro-Prospective Encounters

The inaugural conference of the China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) will be held at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) on May 14-15th 2018. The event is conceived both as the network official public launch and as its first scientific manifestation. Titled ‘Articulating gender in modern China: retro-prospective encounters’, the conference will bring together in conversation established scholars and early career researchers from the humanities and social sciences whose research focuses on gender issues in modern China. As a starting point for future collaborations undertaken within the network, its roundtable and research workshops will seek to uncover the main challenges, practices and methods of gender research in China to outline a state of the field we aim to promote. The network will also organise biennial themed conferences at partner universities starting in 2019.

Keynote: Prof. Jin Jiang from East China Normal University.

Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May 2018
L’Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Monday 14 May
AW.1.125
Building A – Door W – 1st Level
ULB – Campus du Solbosch
Tuesday 15 May
Salle de réception (R.3.105)
MSH – Building R – 3rd Level
ULB – Campus du Solbosch
Free entrance with registration here or by email

Refracting Gender in Modern China: New Voices, New Perspectives

Workshop Report

 

Dates: 17-19thFebruary 2017
Location: SOAS, University of London
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Joan Judge (York University, Canada)

Participating scholars: Dr Jennifer Altehenger (KCL), Prof. Harriet Evans (University of Westminster), Prof. Natascha Gentz (Edinburgh), Prof. Michel Hockx (Notre Dame), Dr Andrea Janku (SOAS), Prof. Jin Jiang (East China Normal University), Dr Weipin Tsai (Royal Holloway), Dr. Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden University)

Sponsors:  London Confucius Institute, SOAS China Institute, the SOAS Doctoral School, The Soong Ching Ling Foundation Switzerland, the Sino-British Fellowship Trust and the Universities China Committee in London.

Organisers: Jennifer Bond (SOAS), Hiu Man Keung (Edinburgh) and Chang Liu (KCL)

 

Workshop aims and overview:

The workshop brought together 37 researchers from 10 countries dedicated to humanities research on gender issues in modern China (late Qing – 1960s). Researchers from different fields including history, literature, film, arts, education, translation and religious studies all participated. We hoped to uncover the multiplicity of gender experiences by tracing the genuine experiences articulated by women and men from different age groups, marital status, classes and professions. We aimed to probe the divergence between how gender identities were defined by official state and public media discourses, and conversely, how women and menexperienced these gendered identities, appropriating, adapting and resisting these discourses in their own lives.

Twenty-seven papers were chosen to be included across seven panel sessions. Please find the full workshop program here.

See also an article from The Europe Times (欧洲时报网) reporting on the workshop.

 

Day 1: Friday 17thFebruary

After a welcome session, and the first panel focusing on Roles in Family and Society, the keynote address was delivered by Prof. Judge (York University, Canada), a leading scholar in the field of Chinese Gender History and the author of several books on gender in early twentieth century China, including Republican Lens (UC Press, 2015).

Titled Visuality and Sexuality in Republican China: Photograph, text and method in the periodical press, Prof. Judge’s talk focused partly on ‘Horizontal Reading’; a methodological approach she employed to analyse her primary source material Funü Shibao. The approach takes into account the visual and textual sources in a magazine or newspaper and also pays attention to the materiality of the document itself. This type of ‘horizontal’ reading approach allows the scholar to pick up on cross-references within the pages of the journal itself and thereby gain a more nuanced and holistic picture of the topic under investigation. As Prof. Judge asserts in her book Republican Lens:

The horizontal method, in contrast, aims to identify the range of materials in a journal, including images, poetry and advertisements in addition to articles, that directly or indirectly addresses a particular topic such as women’s reproductive health. Situating that topic within the ecology of the journal rather than positioning it within a discursive trajectory of the scholars own making, this approach is attentive to the ways ideas resonate and conflict within different cultural registers – linguistic, visual, and literary – and to the interactions amongst these different registers. [1]

 

Day 2: Saturday 18thFebruary

The second day of the workshop began with two panel sessions, titled Literature and Textual Interpretations and Visual and Material Culture.

After lunch Prof. Michel Hockx (University of Notre Dame, USA) gave a talk entitled: ‘The Life and Work of Gao Jianhua’. His talk focused on the life and work of Gao and the magazine he edited Eyebrow talk, published in Shanghai in the early Republican period. In his paper, Prof. Hockx looked at the cultural production of this journal and challenged May 4th interpretations which dismissed the journal as frivolous and unsuitable for public consumption. His talk was followed by a paper from Prof. Natasha Gentz (University of Edinburgh) on ‘Reflections on early Chinese women journalists and media history’. These talks were followed by a lively question and answer session.

Following were the last two panel sessions of the day : Elites in Politics and Education
and Beliefs and Feminist Theories.

 

Day 3: Sunday 19thFebruary

The final morning continued with two panels Sex, Body and Sexuality, and Women in Mao’s ChinaAfter lunch Prof. Jiang Jin (East China Normal University) gave a talk entitled:  ‘Women’s Studies in China: The state of the field’. During her talk Prof. Jiang described the development of Women’s studies as an academic discipline in China over the past four decades, and the most recent trends in the field. She also touched on issues of translating certain terms and theoretical constructs from English into Chinese.

 

Following Prof. Jiang’s talk the room was transformed into a forum for a roundtable discussion, led by the participating scholars. Prof. Judge opened the discussion by reflecting on some of the themes and issues raised during the workshop, including how to integrate theoretical perspectives into our studies. Other issues raised by the participating scholars included how to integrate gender perspectives into mainstream academic disciplines, and what special value a gendered approach can bring to more established disciplines such as history, literature and the study of religions. Comments from scholars were followed by a free flow question and answer session with participating researchers. The discussion focused on archival access and networking in China.

In the second half of the roundtable discussion, we discussed ideas for the future of our newly established network. In particular we explored how we could set up a platform to keep the network going, and to perhaps organise a second conference on this topic in two years’ time.

[1] Joan Judge, Republican Lens, (University of California Press, 2016), p. 40.