SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Refracting Gender in Modern China: New Voices, New Perspectives

Refracting Gender in Modern China 2017

Date: 17 February 2017Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 19 February 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Workshop

Keynote Speaker:

Participating Scholars:

  • Dr Jennifer Altehenger (King's College London)
  • Professor Natascha Gentz (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Michel Hockx (University of Notre Dame)
  • Dr Andrea Janku (SOAS, University of London)
  • Professor Jin Jiang (East China Normal University)
  • Dr Weipin Tsai (Royal Holloway)
  • Professor Harriet Evans (University of Westminster)
  • Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden University)

Conference themes

This workshop aims to bring together doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers who are dedicated to humanities research on gender issues in modern China (late Qing - 1960s). Researchers from different fields including history, literature, film, arts, education, translation and religious studies are all encouraged to participate. The workshop seeks to uncover the multiplicity of gender experiences by tracing the genuine experiences articulated by women and men of different age groups, marital status, classes and professions. We aim to probe the divergence between how gender identities were defined by official state and public media discourses, and conversely, how women and men experienced these gendered identities, appropriating, adapting, and resisting these discourses in their own lives.

During the workshop participants will be encouraged to frame their own work in conjunction with other researchers’ papers. They will also have the chance to gain feedback on their research from leading scholars in the field who will act as discussants in each panel session. In order to facilitate dynamic cross-disciplinary discussion, this workshop will also raise practical questions about how to analyse different types of sources, including newspapers and magazines, plays, literature, art, film and oral history materials. Related discussion sessions will provide an opportunity for researchers to exchange ideas, methods, and approaches to source analyses. Participants are encouraged to discuss their use of source materials in their presentations and participate in roundtable discussions dedicated to this topic. The sessions will lead to a platform for sharing information and ultimately the workshop aims to provide a launching point for a digital portal of relevant links to academic books, newspapers, magazines, memoirs, and oral history collections on gender in modern China scattered across the UK, Europe, the US and China. We also intend to produce a publication of selected papers from the workshop.

Organiser: Jennifer Bond (SOAS), Hiu Man Keung (University of Edinburgh) and Chang Liu (KCL)

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4823

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