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The benefits of Gendering Asia Network activities

GAN encourages all members to participate in network activities. We have collected some short examples of how activities within the network ‘s working groups have benefited the participating researchers.

Kristina Göransson, PhD in Social Anthropology, Assistant Professor, Lund University, the School of Social Work

What has been the outcome of your participation in the Gendering Asia Network?

Work that has been a direct outcome of my participation in the network are primarily conference papers, publications, and research proposals. Members from our working group have contributed to a special issue on mobility in Asia in Norwegian Journal of Geography vol. 67 issue 4. Conference papers that I have prepared for and presented at GAN-meetings have, after valuable feedback from the GAN members, been revised and submitted for publication in journals. These publications are: Göransson, K. 2013. “Maneuvering the middle ground: Social mobility and the renegotiation of gender and family obligations amongst Chinese Singaporeans” in: Norwegian Journal of Geography, 67(4), and Göransson, K. 2014. “Raising successful children: the quest for upward social mobility and the gendered renegotiation of parenting arrangements in Singapore”. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference, University of Iceland.

Moreover, members of our working group have submitted a research proposal to HERA in 2012. In addition to the regular GAN-meetings, our working group has convened two or three times in order to work on the research proposals to HERA.

How did your participation in the network benefit your work?

The Gendering Asia Netwok has been most valuable and inspiring to me. Many of the network’s members, myself included, are very much dependent on establishing viable relations with other colleagues who do research on gender in Asia as this is a rather narrow field at most Nordic universities. As such, GAN has provided important opportunities to meet and discuss with other researchers in the field, as well as encouraged and enabled us to collaborate in various ways (through meetings, publications, research proposals, etc.). None of the above mentioned work would have been realized if it was not for GAN.

Göransson’s research areas: Intergenerational relations; intergenerational contract; Chinese families in Singapore; parenthood and parenting; gender; ethnographic methods.


Yee Yee Swe, PhD student
Faculty of Social Science and Technology,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim

What has been the outcome of your participation in the Gendering Asia Network?

Concretely, an outcome of my participation in the network has been the publishing of an article: ‘Mobility encounter: The narratives of Burmese refugees in Norway’, Norwegian Journal of Geography, Vol. 67 (4), 2013.

How did your participation in the network benefit your work?

I got exposed to the Gendering Asia Network in an international context, which was not otherwise possible for me like a home-based PhD student. I received a lot of valuable experiences and input for my study and finally I was inspired by the work of network members and that led me to complete my thesis.

Swe’s research areas: Development; gender; labour; poverty; construction industry; social justice; corporate social responsibility (CSR).


Annette Vilslev, PhD, external lecturer, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen

What has been the outcome of your participation in the Gendering Asia Network?

It has been very helpful to my work on Japanese and East Asian literature to participate in as cross-disciplinary group as the Gendering Asia Network. Since gender issues are important everywhere but also differ between countries and regions it has been most useful for me to discuss and hear from people who have direct acquaintance and knowledge about relations between cultures, politics, and gender.

How did your participation in the network benefit your work?

It has benefited not only my phd work, but also provided me with larger perspectives for future research, courses, and post.doc projects.

Vilslev’s research areas: Comparative literature; world literature and theory; translation and migration studies; Japanese literature; African literature.