The 4th Sino-Nordic Gender and Women's Studies conference

The 4th Sino-Nordic Gender and Women's Studies conference

Travelling Theories within the Context of Globalisation. Transnational Feminism and Knowledge Production

Conference dates: October 25-27, 2011

Venue: Aalborg University, Denmark

IMPORTANT! Please notice that the conference language will be English! 

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The theme of the fourth Sino-Nordic Women’s and Gender Studies’ Conference is: "Travelling Theories within the Context of Globalisation. Transnational Feminism and Knowledge Production". The general conference theme has been selected by the joint organization committee of Nordic and Chinese scholars.

The main emphasis is on theories and knowledge production in China and the Nordic countries. One of the objectives is to discuss developments and innovations in feminist theories and knowledge production in China and the Nordic countries from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on similarities and differences looking at how traveling theories are influenced by the different contexts in terms of welfare, democracy, and civil society actors, as well as by the activities of transnational feminisms.

In the open call for papers, participants are invited to address the main conference theme but they are also encouraged to relate theories and knowledge production to one or more of the various subthemes listed below. After we have received all the abstracts, the papers will be distributed in different workshops according to sub-themes.

The three-day conference consists of four plenary presentations by the invited keynote speakers – two from China and the Nordic Countries, respectively, whose talks will focus on different perspectives of the overall conference theme.

 

Keynote speakers

Yuezhi Zhao, Professor of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada:

"Epistemologies of the South"

Shaopeng Song, Renmin University of China:

"Gender studies and new liberalism in China"

Diana Mulinari, Professor of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden:
"Post-colonialist Approaches to Gender Theory and Research in the Nordic countries"

Ann-Dorte Christensen, Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Organisation, University of Aalborg:

"Intersectionality - different inequaties and overlapping identities"

 

Workshops and themes

Conference sub-themes

Workshop themes:

1. Work-life balance: state, market and the family
2. Women’s empowerment in urban and rural areas
3. Sexuality/Queer Theory
4. Gender Equality, Diversity and Development
5. Media and communication
6. Travelling concepts
3 parallel workshop sessions and one plenary session:


TUESDAY 25. October:

• Session 1: 10.45 - 12.15
• Session 2: 14.30 - 16.30
 

WEDNESDAY 26. October:

• Session 3: 10.30 - 12.30
 

THURSDAY 27. October:

• Session 4: 10.30 - 12.30

Workshop themes:

1. Work-life balance: state, market and the family
Chair & discussant: Anette Borchorst, AAU & Wang Jufen, Fudan University, Shanghai
 

  • Jiang Lai: Under the View of Leadership Development on Realizing Work-Life Balance of Career Women (Post-doc student, Fudan University, Shanghai)
  • Suyu Liu: Gender Wage Gaps for Educated Females in China and Finland: A Comparative Study (PhD-student Oxford University, UK)
  • Zhang Liang: Child care: the role of the state and family in China (PhD-student, Shanghai University)
  • Ting Ting: Study on the Women in Nantong Textile Mills
  • Ma Yan: Characteristics of elderly family caregivers and policy implications
  • Lynn Ling: A China’s Labour Force Market Failure Analysis from a Gender Perspective (PhD-student, Fudan University)
  • Wang Jufen: Women’s Employment and Social Protection. A study of Social Security for Domestic Workers in Shanghai
  • Claus D. Hansen: Masculinity, Health and Safety

2. Women’s empowerment in urban and rural areas
Chair & discussant: Qi Wang, Norway, Li Xing, AAU (1 day) & Hilda Rømer Christensen, Sociology, Copenhagen University.
 

  • Yang Di: The life and welfare of the mobiling rural families in China (Graduate Student, Nanjin University)
  • I-Chieh Fang: How does love marriage mean for migrant female workers in Shenzhen China? (PhD-student, LSE, UK)
  • Miao Han: Changing Criteria of Choosing Spouse: Evidence to Assess Female Independence in China (PhD-student, Durham University, UK)
  • Hilda Rømer Christensen: Remaking Middle Class Families, China-Denmark. Production, Consumption, Welfare )
  • Yang Hui: Gender Perspective: A case Study on Floating Population’s Social Security
  • Samanta Supriya: Patriarchy in India (PhD-student, AAU)
  • Badre Abdeslam: Mediating Women’s Voice in the Arab Spring (PhD-student, Marocco)


3. Sexuality/Queer Theory
Chair & discussant: Hongwei Bao, Goldsmiths, UK and Elisabeth Engebretsen, Helsinki, Finland
 

Queer Theory

  • Hongwei Bao: ‘Comrades’. Queer Intimacy and Sociality: Towards a Theory of Tongchi
  • Elisabeth Engebretsen: Chinese Tongzhi Activism and Queer Theory: The Liberating Possibilities of ‘Tacit’ Publics and Politics.
  • Cui Zi’en: Queer Theory & Queer Activism (Chinese Film Director)

Queer Activism

  • Yang Yang: Flowing Rainbow Screens under the Wall of the Forbidden City
  • Fan Popo: Challenging Authorities and Building Community Cultures
  • Wei Jiangang: Online video Revolution: Queer Media Production in China

4. Gender Equality, Diversity and Development
Chair & discussant: Pauline Stoltz, FREIA/AAU, Merete Lie, Norway/Signe Arnfred, Roskilde University
 

  • Gudbjorg Lilja Hjartadottir: Mutual benefits for all? (PhD-student, Island)
  • Diana Højlund Madsen: Globalisation, Gender Ambassadors and Gender Mainstreaming; ‘the Goods and Bads’
  • Signe Arnfred: Theories traveling Business Class: Gender Equality-Development, World Bank Style.
  • Zhao Jie: Developing Yunnan’s rural and ethnic minority women: a development practitioner’s self-reflections
  • Qi Zhang: Migrant women: shaped by the class, gender and ethnicity
  • Yan Zhao: Intersectionality and Norwegian transnational.adoptees’ identity work (PhD-student, Nordland University, Norway)
  • Lise Rolandsen Agustín: Intersectionality in a transnational perspective: mobilizing and institutionalizing
  • Ge Luhong: Social Movements and Inter-generational Relations?

5. Media and communication
Chair & discussant: Bu Wei, the Institute of Journalism and Communicaiton, Bejing & Cecilia Milwertz, NIAS, Copenhagen.
 

  • Lu Pin: The Activism Reconstruction of Feminism Knowledge: The Communication Practice of Women’s Voice in China
  • Gao Chunmei: Exploring the Information Flow Process and Media Use Pattern among Female Migrant workers
  • Bu Wei: Rethinking Feminist Theories Input and Local Knowledge Production: Media Criticism, Cultural Studies and Feminist Communication Activism in China
  • Aparna Purushothaman: Women Empowerment through ICT- measuring the concept through an Empowerment Analytical Framework (PhD-student, AAU)
  • Ling Yang: Gender, Genre, and Popular Feminism in Contemporary Chinese Web Literature (postdoc-student, Beijing Normal University)
  • Peiqin Zhou: Smoking Masculinities in China: A Study on Cigarette Consumption in TV Serial “Soldier Sortie”.

6. Plenary session: Travelling concepts
Chair & discussant: Birte Siim, FREIA/AAU & Min Dongchao, Shanghai University
Thursday 10.30 - 12.30

  • Min Dongchao: A new approach to travelling theory, An alternative feminist methodology.
  • Cecilia Milwertz and Wang Fengxian; Non-government initiated gender and development organizing in China – an example of how Western feminist theory travels into construction of knowledge on China.
  • Dass Parimala: Between Tradition and Change: The future of English in the Light of globalization, Transculturalism and Internationalizaion.
  • Pauline Stolz: Children and the politics of silence in post-conflict societies – Investigating the productivity of combining cosmopolitan, postcolonial and feminist thought.

 

Contact and organisation

Conference coordinator

Professor Birte Siim (siim@cgs.aau.dk)

Conference secretary

Marianne Høgsbro (hoegsbro@cgs.aau.dk)

Conference webmaster

Cirkeline Kappel (kappel@cgs.aau.dk)

Conference Organisation

The conference is hosted by the following institutions: Department of Culture and Global Studies,
Aalborg University and the Confucius Institute, Aalborg Denmark. The hosts are assisted by a joint Chinese and Nordic Organising Committee with the following members:

Chinese members:

• Wang Jufen, Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai
• Dongchao Min, Professor, Shanghai University
• Zhao Jie, Professor, Director of the Gender and Participation Research Centre, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences
• Bu Wei, Professor, Institute of Journalism and Communication (IJC), Beijing)
• Zhang Qi, PhD student, Institute of Journalism and Communication (IJC), Beijing
• Hongwei Bao, PhD, British Academy visiting fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London

Nordic members:
• Cecilia Milwertz, Senior Researcher, NIAS, Copenhagen, DK. Member of the Sino-Nordic
Women and Gender Studies Conferences steering committee
• Merete Lie, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, representing the Norwegian community of gender research and the board of the Nordic Centre, Fudan University
• Pauline Stoltz, Senior Researcher, Malmö University, Sweden. Organizer of the 2005 Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

Aalborg University (the members constitute the Local Organizing Committee):

• Birte Siim, Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, is the main organizer
• Xiangyun Du, Director of the Confucius Institute
• Anette Borchorst, Professor, Dept. of Political Science
• Ann-Dorte Christensen, Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Social Work
• Tabitta Flyger, PhD student, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies
• Supriya Samanta, PhD student, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies
• Marianne Høgsbro, conference secretary, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies

 

Sponsors

Nordic Center, Fudan University

Confucious Institute for Innovation and Learning, Aalborg University

NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences, Aalborg University

Faculty of the Humanities, Aalborg University

The Doctoral School at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University

Department of Learning and Philosophy

Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University

Department of Political Science, Aalborg University

The University foundation of Northern Jutland (Nordjysk universitetsfond)  

The Obel Family Foundation (Det Obelske Familie Fond)

The non-profit Foundation of EAC (ØK's Almennyttinge Fond)

 

Previous Sino-Nordic Conferences

Background Previous SinoNordic Women and Gender Studies Conferences

The Sino-Nordic Women & Gender Studies conferences are organised by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, China, alternately in collaboration with a Chinese and a Nordic university every three years. The first one was held in China 2002, titled: “Re-Negotiating the Politics of the Public and the Private - Gender and Politics in China and the Nordic Countries”, the second in Malmø, Sweden in 2005 titled: “Gender and Human Rights in China and the Nordic Countries”, and the third titled: “Gender at the Interface of the Global and the Local: perspectives from China and the Nordic Countries” in Kunmin, Yunnan 2008.

The First Sino-Nordic Conference on Women & Gender Studies 2002, China

The First Sino-Nordic Women & Gender Studies Conference was held in November 2002 at Fudan University in Shanghai. The theme was Re-Negotiating the Politics of the Public and the Private - Gender and Politics in China and the Nordic Countries and the conference had a special focus on the role of the state and civil society in the respective contexts.

The Second Sino-Nordic Conference on Women & Gender Studies 2005, Sweden

The Second Conference was held 7-9 August 2005 on the theme of Gender and Human Rights in China and the Nordic Countries at Malmö University in Sweden. The aim of the trans-national, crosscultural and cross-disciplinary conference was to question the categories of gender and human rights and to discuss the links between theories and practical political, legal and social struggles for gender justice and human rights from the perspectives of China and the Nordic countries. At the conference four keynote presentations were delivered and 17 papers presented on the topics of ‘Human Rights and Globalisation’, ‘The Right to Education’, ‘Gender Based Violence’ and ‘Sexuality and Reproductive Rights’. Two documentary films relating to these themes were also shown. Moreover, participants from China were given the opportunity to visit a shelter for battered women in Malmö.

The Third Sino-Nordic Conference on Women & Gender Studies 2008, China

The Third Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference was held place 4-7 November 2008 in Kunming, China. The theme was "Gender at the Interface of the Global and the Local: perspectives from China and the Nordic Countries". The conference focused on the gendered aspects of globalization. The perspective of interface situations, or two-way processes, implies that gender is inherent in the directions that globalization processes take, for instance when global corporations search for female labour in low cost countries; and in the sense that changes set about by global actors may affect gender relations globally as well as locally, for instance when young women get new opportunities on the labour market implying an own income and a new freedom of movement.
 

Contact


Conference coordinator Professor Birte Siim


Conference secretary Marianne Høgsbro