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September 17, 2009

Wang Zheng

Revealing Erasures: Visual Representation of Women of China: 1949-2009

Select images from this presentation can be found here.

November 17, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Wang Zheng, U-M Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and History

Examining the covers of the official magazine Women of China over the span of 60 years, this presentation traces diverse interplays and contentions between the male-dominated central power, state feminists, and women of diverse social locations in the socialist period, and transformations of their relations in the market economy. The research is part of a large project on a history of the PRC from gender perspective.

Wang Zheng is associate professor of Women’s Studies and History and associate research scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. A long-term academic activist promoting gender studies in China, she is the director of the UM-China Gender Studies Project, and founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her English publications concern changing gender discourses and relations in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century, and feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism in the context of globalization. She is the author of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories (UC Press, 1999). Her current project is a gender history of the People’s Republic of China, exploring the relationship between gender and the socialist state formation, and gender and capitalist transformation. She has edited volumes (both in English and Chinese) on a variety of topics: the constructions of feminist subjectivity in socialist China, the politics and effects of translating feminisms in China throughout the twentieth century, and significance of introducing “gender” into the study of Chinese history as well as into the discursive contentions in contemporary China.

Posted by kanepark at September 17, 2009 05:23 PM