Feminist Activism in post-2010 China

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International Digital Workshop, 2–3 December 2021 Organizers: Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen (University of Stavanger) and Jinyan Zeng (Lund University)​ Recent years have seen significant changes to and growing tensions regarding Chinese feminism. Some have argued for a new generation of feminist activism entirely, one which self-consciously distinguishes itself from the earlier reform period and thereby claims a historically significant turning point with regards to the meaning, tactics and practitioners of such activism (Wang & Driscoll 2019; Wang 2018). Others emphasize connections between earlier eras of feminist engagements and aspects of modern state-formation in analyzing contemporary forms of feminist protest (Hu 2019; Wu, Feng and Landsdowne 2019). In any case, the current historical moment is defined by several monumental challenges in China and globally: Growing authoritarianism, reactionary attacks on gender and minorities, global pandemic and climate crises, political pressures on higher education and academic research, and dependence on digital technologies and social media platforms, to name but a few. For an emerging new generation of activists and scholar-activists, in the context of global circuits of knowledge production and sharing, these challenges inspire feminist engagements in Chinese societies (Liao 2020; Mao 2020; Zeng et al. 2021). This workshop seeks to bring together scholars and scholar-activists to explore this critical field, through a set of suggested key questions, informed by relevant scholarship: How can we understand the shifting dynamics between state feminism, NGO and grassroots feminism (Jiang 2019; Lee and Hsing 2010; Wang 2010; Wesoky 2018); the dynamics between academia and intellectuals (Ling and Liao 2020), between the arts and activism (Bao 2019, 2020; Marchetti 2020; Shi Tou, Huang and Engebretsen 2021; Zeng 2021); the greater dependence on digital media platforms (Tan 2017; Yin and Sun 2020); as well as (re)formations of transnational and diasporic alliances — especially South-South collaborations? What are the specifics of Sinophone and Chinese groundings of feminist activism in the second and third decades of the new millennium? We invite contributions that address these questions and more in a two-day online workshop on 2 and 3 December 2021. We strongly encourage papers that engage interdisciplinary and boundary-crossing knowledge sharing and building, and presentations in both English and Chinese are welcome. Themes may include but are not limited to: Ethnic and decolonial perspectives on feminist engagements in China South-south, geopolitical and diasporic perspectives on Chinese feminism Digital technologies and new media platforms of feminism Art as activism (‘artivism’), e.g., documentary film and feminism Bridging intellectual, activist, and feminist engagements, incl. minjian intellectuals Covid-19 impacting on new generations of feminism Feminism and climate justice, eco-feminism Body politics and reactionary movements Anti-feminist backlash and gender inequality Queer-feminist and trans-feminist engagements Feminist interactions in the Pearl River delta region Cross-straits feminist collaborations The queer-feminist politics of historiography An abstract (300 words) with a short author bio (100 words) should be submitted to ifac.workshop@gmail.com by 5 August 2021. Papers and presentations may be in English or Chinese. For submissions in Chinese, please also provide English-language translation.* Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 15 September 2021. Questions about suitable topics or any other issues should be directed to the organizers using the same email. A selection of papers will be invited to be submitted for an edited book volume. Timeline for publication: Full papers are due no later than 15 June 2022 The volume will be published in 2023. * We aim to offer resources for translation and language checking if needed. Early-career and independent scholars and scholar-activists, and those for whom English is not their first language will be prioritized if resources are limited.
Period2021 dec. 22021 dec. 3
Typ av evenemangWorkshop
OmfattningInternationell

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