Feminist Struggles in a Changing China

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Abstract :

As a way to illustrate constant contentions over gender equality, this talk examines three cohorts of Chinese feminists in the context of China’s drastic change from state socialism to state capitalism. The three cohorts: (1) state feminists of the socialist period, (2) NGO feminists around the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), and (3) young feminist activists ascending onto the public stage in recent years. Special attention is paid to distinct strategies adopted by each cohort for their diverse agendas, conditioned by specific political and social contexts. The relationship between feminists and the state today is highlighted to address the concern of the global audience who remember the detention of the Feminist Five in 2015. The talk discusses challenges confronting the contemporary Chinese feminists and explores global implications of local struggles for social justice and equality.

Biography of the lecturer:

Wang Zheng is professor of Women’s Studies and History and Research Scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1964(UC Press, 2016); Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories (UC Press, 1999); and co-editor of From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society, Translating Feminisms in China, and Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era.

A long-term academic activist promoting gender studies in China, she is the founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. She has also authored two books and co-edited nine volumes on feminism and gender studies in Chinese. 

Discussant:

Kimberly Manning is Associate Professor of Political Science and Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. Specializing in Chinese politics, women and politics, and the rights of transgender children and youth, she analyzes family ties and politics through the lens of feminist theory.



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Date de l'évènement : jeudi 13 décembre 2018 16:30 - 18:00
Emplacement : Université de Montréal, 3150 rue Jean-Brillant, Pav. Lionel-Groulx, Carrefour des arts et des sciences, salle C-2059
Prix : Gratuit $

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