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This two and-a-half-day conference is designed to gather together papers and ideas on a serious,but under-theorized development in China Studies and Women and Gender Studies.
Sinology and Feminism have as disciplinary fields in the humanities have grown side-by-side but they have only very recently been interrogated as discursive or even co-constitutive subjects. This conference features a series of dialogues and presentations that think about the production of knowledge made possible by the synergies between feminist theory and sinology. These include synergies that have already transpired or are yet-to-be-formed. “Feminist Sinologies” asks to be taken to be more conceptually and topically expansive than thestudy of Chinese women, past and present. The papers that will be featured here will come from across the disciplines in the humanities that develop meaningful linkages between theories in feminism today (such as intersectionality, recessive action theory, female masculinity, ecofeminism, reflexivity/positionality, queer theory, queer assemblage, queer temporality, disability studies, postcolonialism, lyric theory, Marxist historicism,and affect theory, just to name a few) and oft- explored topics in sinological studies(such as Chinese modernism/modernity, socialism and democracy, transpacificism, material and visual culture, translingual and translation praxis, (Neo)Confucianism,(Neo)Buddhism and the West, nationalism and visual culture,Chinese-Jesuit print culture,Chinese diaspora and coolie culture,human rights discourse, performative Chineseness, positivism and international law, financescapes and the global economy—also just to compile a short list.). The panels will not be organized around historical periods, but rather around themes and questions such as voice, canon, comparison, language, space, time, representation, gender politics, etc.
We are tentatively organizing “Feminist Sinologies” as an interdisciplinary conference consisting of eight plenary sessions/round tables and twelve panels (with three presenters,20-25 minutes/each), including two graduate student panels. All panels and sessions will take place in the Michigan Union at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor.
Location: Michigan Union