Premières journées d’étude francophones Genre et Chine

Comité organisateur:

Lyce JANKOWSKI (Musée royal de Mariemont) et Coraline JORTAY (Université d’Oxford)

Université libre de Bruxelles / Musée royal de Mariemont

Vendredi 10 et Samedi 11 Juin 2022

 

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Entrée libre sur inscription

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PROGRAMME

 JOUR 1 – Vendredi 10 juin
Université libre de Bruxelles, Institut d’études européennes, salle Kant

Accueil
9:30-10:00

 

Panel 1: Métaphores du genre
10:00-11:15
Discutante: Coraline JORTAY (Université d’Oxford)

 LI Pei-ci (Cergy Paris Université)
Changeantes comme les nuages, dures comme un glaçon : La métaphore Les femmes sont de l’eau en chinois et les pratiques sociales qu’elle implique

Bérénice REYNAUD (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)
Les Anges portent du blanc : vulnérabilité et féminité en Chine contemporaine

 

Pause café
11:15-11:30

 

Panel 2: Féminismes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, d’ici et d’ailleurs
11:30-13:00
Discutante : Vanessa FRANGVILLE (Université libre de Bruxelles)

 Léa BUATOIS (Chercheuse indépendante)
Yan Bin et sa revue des Nouvelles Femmes Chinoises (1907) : quel apport pour la construction d’un corpus féministe en langue chinoise ?

WU Lebing (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)
Le courant féministe manifesté dans la réception du cinéma chinois contemporain – Étude de cas : Hi, Mom (2021) de Jia Ling

 Fanny CARON (Aix-Marseille-Université)
Corps genré, luttes (éco)féministes, et « retour à la tribu » chez trois femmes paiwan : Liglav Awu, Aluaiy Kaumakan, et Abao

 

Pause déjeuner (réservée aux présentateurs)
13:00-14:15

 

Panel 3: Genre, migrations, discriminations
14:15-15:30
Discutant: Eric FLORENCE (ULiège)

 JIANG Xiaoyi (Université de Lausanne)
Nouvelles formes d’inégalités de genre et sociales: le cas des migrantes manucures chinoises en région parisiennne

Aaron PONCE (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Mamasang, sœur, salope : Réflexions sur l’humour sexuel féminisé comme méthode ethnographique chez les sujets homosexuels migrants

 

Pause café
15 :30-15:45

 

Panel 4 : Question du corps ?
15:45-17:00
Discutant : Lucas MONTEIL (Université libre de Bruxelles)

 HOU Renyou (Université Paris Nanterre)
Inégalités de genre dans l’accès aux pratiques de la PMA en Chine

LIN Siyao et Thomas BAUER (Université de Limoges)
Une coach héroïque : Leap de Peter Chan (2020)

 

[Soirée libre à Bruxelles]

 

JOUR 2 Samedi 11 juin
Musée royal de Mariemont

Départ collectif en bus vers le domaine et Musée royal de Mariemont
08:45 – départ Avenue Jeanne 44, 1000 Bruxelles

 

Panel 5 : Androgynes
10:00-11:30
Discutant : Vincent DURAND-DASTES (INALCO)

 Françoise LAUWAERT (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Celles qui font un pas de côté : Femmes déguisées et travesties de la Chine impériale

Pierrick RIVET (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)
Une féminisation des personnages homosexuels dans la littérature vernaculaire de la fin des Ming ? L’exemple du Bian’er chai 弁而釵 (Épingle sous le bonnet)

HSU Chun-Han (Université d’Oxford)
L’androgyne chinois: Bijou-de-ceinture ou le jeune homme qui porte robe, se poudre et se farde par George Soulié de Morant

 

Pause café
11:30-11:45

 

Discussion générale :
Challenges et méthodes de la recherche en genre sur la Chine
11:45-13:00

 

Lunch de clôture (réservé aux présentateurs)
13 :00

 

Visite libre de l’exposition « La Chine au féminin. Une aventure moderne » et après-midi libre dans le domaine
14 :30

 

Retour collectif en bus vers Bruxelles
16:30 à l’entrée principale du Domaine de Mariemont

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Making Gender in China

 

Third Conference of the
China Academic Network on Gender

— An online conference series —
Register here

KEYNOTES :
Joan Judge (York University)
Wang Zheng (University of Michigan)

organized by the
China Academic Network on Gender & York University

 With the generous support of the
 Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF)

WEEK 1 – TUESDAY 29 March
8am Toronto – 1pm London – 8pm Beijing

Opening Keynote Address
08:00-09:15

Joan JUDGE, York University
Women as Vernacular Knowers in the Long Republic: What We Can Learn from Cheap Print

Panel 1: Quotidian Objects and Gender in the Making
09:30-11:00

Chair: Jennifer BOND (University College London)
Discussant: ZHU Jing (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

WANG Yizhou (University of Heidelberg)
More than Cool Breeze: Courtesans’ Fans as Material Embodiment and Social Objects in the Everyday Life of Ming Dynasty

GENG Yushu (Trinity College Dublin)
Making and Selling ‘Hazeline Snow’ in Twentieth Century China  

WEEK 2 – TUESDAY 5 April
8am Toronto – 1pm London – 8pm Beijing

Panel 2: Sex and the Cityscape: Negotiating Gender Through Urban Spaces
08:00-10:00

Chair: LIU Chiu-Wan (National Taiwan University)
Discussant: TANG Ling (Hong Kong Baptist University)

YIP Suk Man (University of Heidelberg)
The Gendered Images of Hong Kong in the Official Newspaper Supplements in the Early 1960s

WU Ka-ming (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
The Pink Flaneur: Feminist Activism, Urban Infrastructure, and Gendered Citizen Practices in China

LYU Xinshu (Central China Normal University) 
Comparative Ethnography of Spatial Characteristics of LGBTQ and Non-LGBTQ Parks

WEEK 3TUESDAY 12 April
8pm Toronto – 2pm Honolulu – 8am Wednesday 13 April Beijing

Panel 3: Staging Masculinities: the Phonograph and the Page
08:00-10:00

Chair: Chang Liu (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen)
Discussant: Kam Louie (The University of Hong Kong/University of New South Wales)

Chihho LIN (University of California, San Diego) 
Illustrating Socialist Heroes: The Literary-Martial Ideal of Masculinity in Railroad Guerrillas

TONG Zhenkai (SOAS, University of London)
Gendering and Selling Sports Through the Funü Zazhi, 1915-1931

WEEK 4TUESDAY 19 April 
8am Toronto – 1pm London – 8pm Beijing

Panel 4: Gadgets, Gowns and Groceries Remaking Gender Identities
08:00-10:00

Chair: Chris VOGEL (York University)
Discussant: GENG Yushu (Trinity College Dublin)

QIU Yitong (London School of Economics)
Power and Identity of Women in Qing: A Study of Women Dress by Means of Confiscation Inventory Lists

HUANG Ao (SOAS, University of London) 
Trans-gender Things: Objects and the Materiality of Trans-femininity in Ming-Qing China  

XIE Yanli (University College Dublin)
Cooking-related writings, gender making, and Chinese women in the 1920s and 1930s

WEEK 5TUESDAY 26 April 
8am Toronto – 1pm London – 8pm Beijing

Panel 5: Deflecting Gender: Mirrors Mediating Femininities
08:00-10:00

Chair: Coraline JORTAY (University of Oxford)
Discussant: Amanda ZHANG (University of St Andrews)

Keru CAI (University of Oxford)
The Proximity Effect: Agency and Isolation in Eileen Chang’s “Love in a Fallen City”

Mariana ZEGIANINI (SOAS, University of London/The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Decamping the Mirror, Inhabiting the Portrait: Late Ming Portraits of Women as Gender Performance

Angela CHEUNG (SOAS, University of London) 
The Chinese Boatwoman: Desire and Photographic Materiality in Nineteenth-Century Hong Kong

WEEK 6TUESDAY 3 May
8am Toronto – 1pm London – 8pm Beijing

Panel 6: Dressing the Part: Refashioning Gender through War and Reform
08:00-10:00

Chair: Coraline Jortay (University of Oxford)
Discussant: Anup GREWAL (University of Toronto, Scarborough)

Nicolas SCHILLINGER (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Flag of Our Heroes – Masculinity and Collective Memory in The Eight Hundred 

Aoife CANTRILL (University of Oxford)
Three Capes, Playing Mahjong: Dressing the part in Zhang Ailing’s Shanghai 

ZHANG Shimin (University of Heidelberg) 
New Outfits and New Confidence: Images of Rural Women in Nongjianü Baishitong in Reform China  

Closing Keynote Address:
10:00-11:15

WANG ZHENG, University of Michigan
The Chained Woman: Exposing Sexual Slavery in the 21st Century China

Download the programme

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Organizing committee: Jennifer BOND (University College London), Coraline JORTAY (University of Oxford), Chang LIU (CUHK Shenzhen), Chris VOGEL (York University)

Appel à communication: Genre et Chine

Appel à communication

Genre et Chine

Journées d’étude

Vendredi 10 et samedi 11 juin 2022
Université libre de Bruxelles / Musée royal de Mariemont

 

Très tôt, les chercheur.ses travaillant sur la Chine ont développé des questions liées au genre, qui ont été intégrées à divers domaines de recherches relevant aussi bien des sciences sociales que des sciences humaines. On remarque néanmoins que les publications et les manifestations scientifiques restent essentiellement anglophones. Pourtant, un nombre toujours plus grand de chercheur.ses francophones travaillent sur ces thématiques – sans toujours toutefois avoir l’occasion de se rencontrer ni de réfléchir ensemble aux éventuelles spécificités francophones d’une recherche en études de genre dans le contexte chinois.

Les journées d’étude – Genre et Chine – visent à rassembler les chercheur.ses partageant le français comme l’une de leurs langues de travail afin de favoriser les rencontres et les échanges sur des recherches en cours. Il s’agira de mettre au jour de quelle manière les questions de genre nous permettent de jeter un nouveau regard sur les dynamiques et relations de pouvoir de la société chinoise et de ses pratiques culturelles. Ces journées favoriseront tout particulièrement les contributions de chercheur.ses doctorants et post-doctorants, qui pourront confronter leurs perspectives et recevoir un retour sur leurs travaux des chercheur.ses confirmés. Ces journées sont envisagées comme une occasion de réfléchir ensemble à la manière dont les études de genre et les études chinoises s’articulent dans le monde francophone. Elles ont pour vocation d’offrir un espace inclusif de dialogue et une plateforme fédératrice pour les chercheur.ses travaillant sur ces thématiques et de développer des réseaux académiques de solidarité.

Les journées d’étude – Genre et Chine – auront lieu à l’Université libre de Bruxelles le vendredi 10 juin et au Musée royal de Mariemont le samedi 11 juin. Cette manifestation se tiendra en marge de l’exposition La Chine au féminin. Une aventure moderne (2 avril – 23 octobre) qui aborde la représentation culturelle des femmes en Chine au 20esiècle. Ces journées se font en partenariat avec le China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE), le Centre de recherche de l’Université libre de Bruxelles dédié à l’Asie de l’Est (EASt) et la Structure de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le genre, l’égalité et la sexualité (STRIGES).

Les propositions de communication, en français, d’environ 300 mots, sont à envoyer avec un court CV avant le 15 mars 2022 aux organisatrices Coraline Jortay (Université d’Oxford) et Lyce Jankowski (Musée royal de Mariemont) aux adresses suivantes : coraline.jortay@orinst.ox.ac.uk et lyce.jankowski@cfwb.be.

Les auteur.e.s dont les contributions auront été acceptées seront notifié.e.s à la fin du mois de mars. Les communications seront ensuite attendues jusqu’au 31 mai 2022.

 

Call for papers: Making Gender in China

Third Biennial Conference of the China Academic Network on Gender

Conference title: Making Gender in China: Third Biennial Conference of the China Academic Network on Gender 

Dates: March 29-May 3, 2022. 2hr panels will be held weekly as a virtual conference series on Tuesdays, Toronto time (EST, UTC-5).  

Location: York University, Toronto (online)

Deadline for Abstracts (250 words) – 7 January 2022 
Send to: change@ulb.be

We are pleased to announce that the Third Biennial Conference of the China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) will be hosted virtually by York University, Toronto. 

The theme of the conference will be ‘Making Gender in China.’ We seek to explore how gender is enacted, negotiated, and disrupted through objects and in the process of making them. How does scrutinizing things (a poem, a cookbook, a translation, a sword, a piece of furniture, noodles, an online protest, or a piece of legislation) help inform and reshape our understanding of gender in China itself? Indeed, material culture and gender studies share a reciprocal methodological outlook on the construction of societal norms. They ask not only how objects – or gender – are being shaped by society, but also how the material world – or gender – in turn shape society itself. Within Chinese studies, fruitful articulations between material culture and gender studies have first focused on areas such as dress, spinning, weaving (Bray, 1997; Ko, 2005). Recent work has expanded into the realm of literati’s writing apparatus, dictionaries and other domestic objects such as furniture, drawing our attention to the importance of interrogating the materiality of the everyday (Ko, 2017; Althenger and Ho, forthcoming). This workshop invites scholars to explore further how gendered divisions of labour or gender roles inform and shape the social lives of objects and vice-versa. If we take gender as a site of social construction, one that is “made,” what do we see when we turn to literal sites where construction takes place: shipyards, factory-floors, theatres, media broadcasting houses, the scholars’ study or the inner quarters? What symbolic and practical social roles do these objects then play in the creation of gender dynamics of daily life? How can they in turn be subverted or redirected from the intention of the maker in the uses to which they are put?

The conference aims to bring together scholars (including doctoral, postdoctoral, early, mid and advanced career researchers) from the humanities and social sciences working on gender and China. We seek proposals that articulate issues of gender in relation to material culture, or dealing more broadly with gender in relation to the physicality of objects, their use and making. 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. We particularly encourage papers in the following subject areas:

      • Socialization and the construction of gendered identities through material culture: children’s textbooks, picture books, lianhuanhua, dolls.
      • Spatiality of the city or the house: streets, department stores, factories, space arrangements within the house as testaments to gender roles.
      • Gender, corporeality, dress, and makeup: from everyday life to performance costumes, cosmetics-making, or drag.
      • Gender and foodways: food-making and transmission of recipes (oral storytelling, recipe books), lives of kitchen objects, alcohol-making and consumption.
      • Gender and waste: thrift shops, recycling facilities, waste collection, various calls to “purity.”
      • Gender in the history of technology: handicraft, tools, weapons, machines and robots.
      • Digital materiality: data, computer code, digital humanities approaches to gender.
      • Gendered lives of objects in literature and metaphorical associations between objects and gender.
      • Visual production of gendered stereotypes: portraiture, political cartoons, photography.
      • Gender in the materiality of the archive: ribbons, ink stains, flowers, and their backstories, alternative material sources.
      • Gender on display: museumification and art collections, and curating.

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. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy informal (virtual) coffee sessions for members of the network to meet new people working in the field. Outstanding papers will be selected for publication in an edited volume.

Participating scholars

The opening keynote speaker, Prof. Joan Judge (University of York), is a cultural historian of modern China with a scholarly focus on print culture and women’s history at the turn of the twentieth century. She will deliver the opening keynote speech on her book project entitled ‘China’s Mundane Revolution: Vernacularizing Science and Scientizing the Vernacular in the Long Republic,’ exploring the production of everyday knowledge that shaped modern China.

The closing keynote speaker, Professor Wang Zheng (University of Michigan) will share her latest research on gender in practice.  Her latest book, (Finding Women in the State, 2016) focuses on the struggles of PRC feminists to carve out their own spaces within the state after the 1949 revolution.

Submission

Please send a 250-word abstract to change@ulb.be, including your full name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography before 7 January 2022. Scholars whose papers have been selected for the conference will be notified by early February 2022, and successful applicants will need to submit a paper two weeks prior to their session (29 March-3 May 2022). 

Calendar

– Deadline for abstract: 7 January 2022

– Notification of acceptance: early February 2022

– Deadline for full submission: two weeks prior to session date (29 March-3 May 2022) 

Format

The conference will be held online weekly in March-May 2022 on Tuesdays: 29th March, 5th April, 12th April, 19th April, 26th April, 3rd May. Each 2-hr online session will be held on Toronto Time (EST, UTC-5), between 8am-8pm. Exact timings will be decided with consideration being given to the location of the panelists, discussants and chairs for each session. To help replicate the close-knit atmosphere of a regular conference, we are also planning to have “coffee break” private discussion sessions for presenters to chat and get to know one another.

Organisers

China Academic Network on Gender & University of York

Committee: Chris Vogel (University of York), Jennifer Bond (University College Dublin), Chang Liu (CUHK Shenzhen), Coraline Jortay (University of Oxford).

Sponsors

This online conference series is sponsored by a grant from the Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF).

This is the third in a series of CHANGE biennial conferences, postponed from 2021 to 2022 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous conferences were held in February 2019 in Brussels, and February 2017 in London. 

Our Gender & China Guide to AAS 2021

Below is a list of sessions and individual presentations at AAS 2021 related to gender and China, broadly construed. If anything has been missed, please email us at change@ulb.ac.be and we will be glad to add it.

This document is intended as a quick reference guide and also includes border-crossing/inter-area panels that at least include one China-related presentation. For more information on the sessions, please visit the AAS conference website: https://www.asianstudies.org/conference/conference-program/    

Sunday, March 21, 2021

9:00am – 11:00am EDT (Beijing: 9pm; London 1pm)

China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE)

CHANGE is hosting an informal meeting for members and non-members to catch up and meet new people working in this field. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for a relaxed chat. We look forward to meeting you online!

Please click here to register.

Please feel free to drop in at any time. This is a AAS Meeting-in-conjunction and is free for everyone to join regardless of AAS conference registration status.

The China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE), is an interdisciplinary network for scholars who are researching Gender in China: https://change.hypotheses.org/

Monday, March 22, 2021

10.00am – 11.30am EDT (Beijing: 10:00pm; London 2.00pm)

A012: Gender and Colonialism in the Japanese Empire (Roundtable)

    • Fang Yu Hu (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
    • Melissa Brown (Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute)
    • Sonja Kim (Binghamton University)
    • Janice Kim (York University, Canada)
12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT (Beijing: 12:30am; London 4:30pm)

B005: East Asian Feminism Today

    • Enlarging Feminisms: Against the Neoliberal Downsizing of Them (Yun-Jong Lee – Sogang University)
    • Empowering Women: Visual Liberation of Ajumma (Korean Middle-Aged Women) in Korean Contemporary Art (Suzie Kim – University of Mary Washington)
    • Mrs. Pants as Feminist Specter : Precarious and Liminal Subjects in Troublers and Small Talk (Eno Pei-Jean Chen – National Chengchi University)
    • How Does Literature Talk About Neoliberalism, Gender, and Memory (Youngran Ko – Nihon University)
3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT (Beijing: 3am; London 7pm)

C019: Transnational Asian Film Pioneers: Revolution, Gender, Race, (Re)location

    • Colonial War, Nationalist Revolution, and the Emergence of Documentary in China (Ying Qian – Columbia University)
    • Ocean-crossing Filmmaking: A Tradition for Hong Kong Women Directors (Louisa Wei – City University of Hong Kong)
    • The Films She Wanted to Make: The Queer Life and Work of Sakane Tazuko (Yuka Kanno – Doshisha University)
    • When Cosmopolitanism Meets Nationalism: “China’s Daughter” Anna May Wong and Her China Trip Film (Wang Yiman – University of California, Santa Cruz)
    • Quietly Dreaming: Zhang Lu’s Affective-Scaping in the Asian Transnational Cinematrix (Ran Ma – Nagoya University)

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT (Beijing: 12am; London 4pm)

E020: Public Space through Gendered Perspectives: Part 1 Boundaries as Site of Resistance

    • To Mourn is To Protest: On Grief, Gender, and Politics in Hong Kong (Sealing Cheng – Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    • Citizenship Protests: Public Spaces and a Politics of Gendered Visibility in India (Shilpa Phadke – Tata Institute of Social Sciences)
    • Memory in Action: Elderly Women Protesting the Demolition of a Shanghai Temple (Lena Scheen – NYU Shanghai)

E007: Chinese Feminisms as Transnational Feminisms

    • Maneuvering Within and Without: Chinese Feminisms in Transnational Flows and State Domination, 1995-2020 (Jiling Duan – Indiana University Bloomington)
    • Writing With An Accent: “Xenophone” Scholarship and Feminist Knowledge (Xin Huang – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
    • Sinophone Queer Feminism: The Transnational Activist Practice of Chinese Lala Alliance (Dian Dian – Emory University)
    •  China’s “Gender Equality Education” Program: Local Contestations & Transnational Interactions (Orna Naftali – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

E021: Queering Racialized Capital and Labor across Asian/Pacific Time and Space

    • Queer “Chimerica”: Cold War Racial Capitalism and Commodifcation of Queer Sexuality (Shana Ye – University of Toronto)
    • Asian Racialization and the Early 20th-Century Queering of Empire (Alan Williams – University of Washington)
    • “Sorry, Please, Thank You”: US-China Trade War and the Future of American Orientalism (Christopher Tzechung Fan – University of California, Irvine)
    • Racialized Criminalization: A Comparative Study of Chinese Migrant and Black Sex Workers’ Labor and Activism in the North America (Shuxuan Zhou – Seattle Office for Civil Rights)
3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT (Beijing: 3am; London 7pm)

F017: Panel: Discourses of Chastity in Early Modern Vernacular Literature and Culture

    • Widow Chastity and Beyond: Queen Zhao’s Qin Song and Moral Exemplarity (Zeyuan Wu)
    • Gender, Syncretism, and Moral Self-Imagination: Jin Fangquan’s tanci work A Tale of Exceptional Chastity (Li Guo – Utah State University)
    • Chastity and Female Sainthood in Religious Vernacular Literature (Xiaosu Sun – Nanjing Normal University)
    • The Chaste Concubine: Women’s Conflict and Cooperation in Xiunü baojuan (Katherine Alexander – University of Colorado, Boulder)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

8:30am – 10:00am EDT (Beijing: 8:30pm; London 12:30pm)

G007: Gender and Theatre: Portrayals of Women Characters on the Chinese Stage

    • The Left-Behind Women of Chinese Women’s Liberation: A Portrait of Lu Xun’s Invisible Wife (Shiao-ling Yu – Oregon State University)
    • The Interweaving of Dependence and Independence: The Emergence and Social Implication of Middle-Class Intellectual Women in China (Yuwen Zhu – Nanjing Normal University)
    • Embodying the Public Sphere: Critiquing the Gendered Obligations in Youth-Centered Urban Theatre in Contemporary China (Donghui He – Whitman College)
12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT (Beijing: 12am; London 4pm)

H018 Shame/Shine: Chinese Sluts across Time, Border, and Media

    • Golden Lotus (Pan Jilian) Reincarnated: A Femme Fatale and Her Theatrical Spirits (Enhua Zhang – University of Massachusetts Amherst)
    • Unruly Chinese Women: Disrupting Racial Narratives (Crystal Kwok – University of Hawaii at Manoa)
    • Poxie in Revolution: How Unlawful Femininity Fueled Early Communist Feminist Movement (Shu Yang – Western Michigan University)
    • Judging Women in China, or a Media Archaeology of (Slut-)Shaming
      (Belinda Q. He – University of California, Berkeley)

H023: Women Writing Art: Feminist Approaches in Chinese Women’s Art Writing, Cartoons, and Self-Portrayals in the Early Republican Period

    • ‘Who Would Understand the Joy of the Fish?’: Jin Taotao’s Painting Treatise and Gender Repositioning in the Elite Art World (Doris Sung – The University of Alabama)
    • Woman Has an Extraordinary Instinct for Art: Celebrity Artists, Social Reform, and Women Writing about Women in the Arts (Amanda Wangwright – University of South Carolina)
    • Art, Mass Media and the Fashioning of Female Selves, Circa 1934 (Gary Wang – University of Toronto)
    • Women’s Body and Wit in Early Republican China: Liang Baibo’s Comic strips and Personal Correspondence (Martina Caschera – University of Chieti-Pescara)
3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT (Beijing: 3am; London 7pm)

I012: Patients, Nurses, and Doctors: Medicine and Gender in Modern East Asian Literature and History

    • Women’s “Hysteria” in Early-Twentieth Century Japan (H. Yumi Kim – Johns Hopkins University)
    • Medical Bodies and Gender in Early-Twentieth-Century Korean Literature (Yoon Sun Yang – Boston University)
    • “Frightful Blood Under Beautiful Skin”: The Gendered Experience of Hansen’s Disease (Kathryn Tanaka – Otemae University)
    • Disease and Medicine in Chinese Contemporary Science Fiction (Xuying Yu – The Open University of Hong Kong)

Thursday, March 25, 2021

8:30am – 10:00am EDT (Beijing: 8:30pm; London 12:30pm)

J004: Engendering Buddhism: Non-Theravādin Buddhist Women in Southeast Asia

    • Sisters in Dharma: Parwati Soepangat and the Indonesian Buddhist Women’s Movement (Jack Meng-Tat Chia – National University of Singapore)
    • Gender, Migration, and the Translocation of Southeast Asian Buddhism: The Case of a Vietnamese Nun in Taiwan (Wei-yi Cheng – Fo Guang University)
    • When Mahāyāna Meets Theravāda: Chinese Bhiksunis in Contemporary Myanmar (Melody Tzu-Lung Chiu – Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
    • Neither Laywoman nor Nun: The Vegetarian Women of Miao Ing Temple (Ai Boay Tan – Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)

J021: The Familial Is Political

    • Disputation as a State Enterprise in Contemporary China (Ke Li – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York)
    • Adjudicating Filial Piety: Law, Legitimacy, and Moral Authority in the PRC (Kristin M. Sangren – University of California, Berkeley)
    • Neo-Familialism in Xi’s China: Population, Gender, and Governmentality (Yige Dong – State University of New York, Buffalo; Angela X. Wu – New York University)
    • From Familial State to Familial Society: Family Metaphors in Hong Kong’s 2019-2020 Protests (Xiaohong Xu – University of Michigan; Lake Lui – Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT (Beijing: 12am; London 4pm)

K011: Negotiating Ethnicity and Gender on Imperial Frontiers: A Multidisciplinary Lens on Intersectionalities in Tang China

    • A Herstory at the Frontier: Wang Zhaojun in the Dunhuang Prosimetric Text and the Han Chinese Isomorphism of Family and State (Baoli Yang – Brown University)
    • Under the Shadow of Patriarchy: Reassessing Dunhuang Female Associations (Nürenshe) (Ping Yao – California State University, Los Angeles)
    • Man Men: Nanzhao Masculinities in the Stele of Transforming Virtue and Illustrated History (Megan Bryson – University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
    • The Animal-riding Lute Players: A Lens on Gender, Ethnicity, and “Us vs. Them” in Tang Art and Texts (Ingrid Furniss – Lafayette College)

Friday, March 26, 2021

8:30am – 10:00am EDT (Beijing: 8:30pm; London 12:30pm)

M023: The Internet and Articulations of Sexuality in East and Southeast Asia

    • Asianizing Thai Gay Subjectivity by Consuming Japanese Pornography (Dredge Byung’chu Kang-Nguyen – University of California, San Diego)
    • Amateur Pornography as Confessions in Filipino Alter Community (Ruepert Jiel D. Cao – Hong Kong Baptist University)
    • Queer Sinophone Digital Circuit between Malaysia and Taiwan (Ting-Fai Yu – Monash University Malaysia)
    • Smouldering Pornographies on the Chinese Internet (Katrien Jacobs – Chinese University of Hong Kong)
12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT (Beijing: 12am; London 4pm)

N009: Gender, Work and Social Mobility in Asia

    • “Because of Society’s Respect for Civil Servants”: Tradeoffs Between Security and Blocked Mobility in “Glass Bowl” Public Sector Employment in South Korea (Juyeon Park – University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Sangha Kang-Le – Simmons University)
    • From Socialist Rice Bowl to Private Sectors: Women in Small Businesses in Coastal China (Jing Song – The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    • “Who Wants to Become a Law Firm Partner?” Contesting Men’s Definition of Success for Women Lawyers in Hong Kong (Karen Lee – Education University of Hong Kong)
    • The Persistence of Gendered Choices of Education and Occupation Among Chinese Young Women (Anita Koo – Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

On Demand

On demand/Individual presenters
Law, Gender, and Public Opinions of a Post-World War Ⅱ Conundrum: “Resistance-war Wives” in Court and in Newspapers (Chuning Xie, Binghamton University)
Wives at Men’s Parties: Gender Ethics and Expressions of Closeness (Chih-Yen Huang, University of Pennsylvania)
Boarding Singleness: Women’s Hostels in Shanghai (1932–1941) (Chang Liu, The Chinese Universities of Hong Kong,Shenzhen)
Constructing Wu Topolect as the Language of Female Courtesans and the Entertainment World in Shanghai (Yichun Xu, The Ohio State University)
Literature in #MeToo Movement: Literary Violence and Agency in Fang Si-chi’s First Love Paradise (Yuhan Huang, Rochester Institute of Technology)
The Queering of the Master-Disciple Relationship in Chinese Martial Arts Narratives (Yan (Belinda) Wang, University of Alberta)
“Improvised Intimacy”: Female Sex Workers (xiaojie) in Post-Socialist China (Yeon Jung Yu, Western Washington University)

 

 

 

 

Publication of China Perspectives 2020/3 – Re-Envisioning Gender in China: (De)Legitimizing Gazes

The China Academic Network on Gender is very glad to announce the publication of the special issue of China Perspectives titled “Re-Envisioning Gender in China: (De)Legitimizing Gazes” that grew out of the biannual conference of the network “Re-Envisioning Gender in China” held on February 14-16, 2019 at the Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium). Many thanks again to all the participants of the conference for three days of fulfilling intellectual discussions.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon about the next conference, which will be slightly delayed due to Covid-19, but is planned for winter/spring 2022 in Canada.

Read the whole special issue on the website of China Perspectives.

Table of contents

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

Dr Derek Hird (Lancaster University) – conference podcast

‘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.

Dr Derek Hird’s institutional home page and latest publications.

Stay tuned for the full conference report and pictures!

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