Making Gender in China

 

Third Conference of the
China Academic Network on Gender

— An online conference series —
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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

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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)

 

 

 

 

Call for Papers – Precarious Peripheries: Gender from the Margins of China

Special issue of Sextant, with the China Academic Network on Gender

Deadline for Abstracts (500 words) – Deadline extension: 01 December 2019
Send to: change@ulb.ac.be

The construction and imagination of China’s margins (ethnic, political, socio-cultural, geographical, religious) has long engrossed China scholars – from anthropological works such as William Skinner’s classic study of historical geography and the macro region model, to travel writers from Marco Polo to San Mao, to ethnographies of Chinese minorities and new Qing histories. In recent years, academic attention has widened its scope to new margins including environmental histories of China’s politically contested borders, and the projection of China’s soft power in contemporary science fiction that claims space as the newest frontier of the Sinosphere.

However, relatively little attention has been paid to the role of gender in imagining and creating China’s shifting centers and peripheries. What and where are these margins and what role does gender play in their construction and imagination? Who are the inhabitants of the margins: minorities, women, religious groups, itinerants, disabled people and the poor? In what ways does gender condition their experience of the peripheral spaces in which they operate. What are the social and gendered implications of traversing these boundaries ⁠— personal, political or physical? How do marginal actors negotiate their place at the borders and what is the impact of their positioning and perspectives on the very conception of Chineseness? A gendered perspective can better help scholars to transverse and dissect the borders of China, historically, socially, politically and geographically, and throw new light onto their fluid and permeable construction across time and space.

This special issue aims to ignite conversations that interrogate the notion of margins from contemporary and historical perspectives. We welcome contributions from any discipline with a research focus on gender and China, including but not limited to: gender studies, media studies, cultural studies, film studies, religious studies, literature, history, sociology, anthropology, and queer studies. We welcome especially analyses bearing on ethnicity and engaging with intersectional analysis — a framework first articulated in the pathbreaking works of Kimberlé Crenshaw to articulate how “race and gender intersect in shaping structural, political, and representational aspects of violence against women of color” (Kimberlé Crenshaw 1994).

Contributions could explore the following axes:

        • Conceptualisations of intersectionality in China, and tentatives for cross-cultural feminist solidarities
        • Spaces of tension between gender as a social construct and linguistic gender, comparisons of gender-inclusive language in official and marginalized topolects and linguistic practices, music, film and literature
        • Problematizations and historicizations of gender in the geographical margins of what is today China, real or imagined — including but not limited to: central China, rural North China, tier 3 cities, Hong Kong and Macau, autonomous regions (Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet,…), online spaces, and the diasporas
        • Views from the LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized communities. For instance, intersections between gendered identities and religious or disabled identities, and awareness-raising practices

PROCEDURE AND TIMETABLE

Please send a 500 word abstract to: change@ulb.ac.be, including your full name, institutional affiliation, email address and a short bio before 1 December 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in December 2019, and successful applicants will need to submit full papers by 1 March 2020. All submissions will then be submitted to a double-blind peer review process, based on which contributions to be published in the January 2021 issue of Sextant will be selected. For further information, please contact the guest editors at the above email address.

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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