Network activity 2015 and 2016

The main network activity in 2015 and 2016 has been to edit the NIAS Press Gendering Asia Book Series 

Moreover, the network email list is used to share information on new publications as well as conferences and other activities.

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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.

Gendering Asia Network WORKSHOP 10-13 October 2011

Meanings of Gendering Asia

The 2011 workshop will be hosted by RIKK – the Gender Research Institute, University of Island and EDDA – Center of Excellence, the University of Iceland.

One of the great challenges for the Gendering Asia Network is to make the importance of gender visible and to make it clear to the wider Asian studies community, as well as policy makers and the general public that applying a critical gender perspective makes a difference to the knowledge we construct of Asia.

The groups that were established at the 2010 workshop will each develop their research themes and joint research projects.

All participants will focus on what ‘Gendering Asia’ means. We will address questions such as:

  • How do we theorize gender/Asia?
  • What are the implications of conceptualizing and analyzing gender/Asia?
  • How does the application of a gender perspective to the study of Asia make a difference?
  • How do we become aware of, identify and conceptualize the invisible workings of gender norms and power relations as they manifest themselves in all fields of Asia – politics, economics, culture and society as such?

Network members who did not participate in the 2010 workshop are welcome to join the existing groups or to establish new groups.

Keynote Speech: Contextualizing Asian Feminisms – Associate Professor Anindita Datta – The 4th Gendering Asia Network Conference

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/g8Q6gpvHGwA%5D

 

Please cite the keynote speech as follows:
Anindita Datta (2010)Contextualizing Asian Feminisms’ keynote speech, Gendering Asia Network Conference, Copenhagen University Asian Dynamics Initiative, 12-13 November.

Report – Gendering Asia Network CONFERENCE 12-13 November 2010-12-01

Gendering Asia Network CONFERENCE 12-13 November 2010

The Fourth Gendering Asia Network Conference was held as part of the Copenhagen University Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference ‘Asian Diversity in a Global Context’.

Conference report

Report – Gendering Asia Network WORKSHOP 8-10 November 2010

Gendering Asia Network WORKSHOP 8-10 November 2010

In November twenty-nine Nordic scholars and PhD students came together at a workshop at NIAS. The workshop, which was supported by a generous grant from NordForsk, marked the initiation of a new stage of Gendering Asia Network (GAN) activity. At the GAN conferences held in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 participants have presented and discussed their work. The workshop was somewhat different as participants presented their work as the basis for defining areas of common interest and established five research project groups:

  1. Post-colonial cultural trauma and violence
  2. Mobile Livelihoods & Gendered Citizenship
  3. Ideas in Transit/Somatic Engineering
  4. Communication and Intra-action
  5. Experiencing Technology – intra-active constructions of identity and the body

Workshop Report

Travel funds

Thanks to a generous network grant from NordForsk GAN groups are welcome to submit requests to the GAN steering group for funds to meet and develop their work.

Requests should include the following information:

  1. name of group
  2. purpose of meeting
  3. meeting date and place
  4. list of people attending meeting
  5. budget (travel, accommodation, meals)

Requests should be submitted to Cecilia Milwertz.

Groups meetings should take place before 20 April 2011.

Narrative and financial reporting must be concluded by 25 April.

Groups are always welcome to meet at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen.

Gendering Asia Network Conferences

The Gendering Asia Network was initiated in 2005 and the first Gendering Asia Conference was held at Kungälv in Sweden in May that year. The second conference ‘Gendered Modernity and Vulnerabilities in Asia’ was held in Iceland in 2007, and the third conference on the theme of ‘Gender, Mobility and Citizenship’ was held at Helsinki University in 2009.

The words of keynote speaker Professor Maila Stivens at the first conference define the overall approach of the Network to studying gender. She said that when applying a gender perspective the aim is not simply to analyse the ‘effects’ on women of the dramatic economic, social and political changes sweeping the region or to add women to the mainstream accounts that seem so resolutely to mostly exclude them. Rather, the aim is to explore the thoroughly gendered processes that construct many dimensions of Asian modernities and their incorporation into a globalizing world.

There were several reasons why we wanted to set up such a network and bring together people for conferences:

The overall aim is to strengthen research and teaching on gender and Asia in the Nordic countries

  1. On the one hand we knew that several scholars were engaged in research and teaching on gender and Asia in more or less all the Nordic countries, but on the other hand we also did not have an overall picture of who exactly was doing what and where. We wanted to facilitate exchange by building a database of scholars and students working on gender and Asia.
  2. Asien studies environments in the Nordic countries are all relatively small and although we all have our individual networks within and beyond the Nordic countries we believed there was room for increased Nordic interaction, exchange and collaboration that could be facilitated by a formalised network.

The Nordic perspective was emphasized. However, we very deliberately chose not to call this a Nordic Gendering Asia Network. Much of our work takes place in collaboration with colleagues in Asia and elsewhere in the world and the network, as reflected also by participation in the three conferences, is open to colleagues from all parts of the world.

Publications

The first and the second conferences led to the following publications:

No. 2, March 2006

Gendering Asia

(pdf-file, 1,91 MB)

No. 1, June 2008

Gendered vulnerabilities in Asia

(pdf-file, 1,09 MB)

A selection of papers from the third conference has been published in Mikako Iwatake (ed) 2010 Gender, Mobility and Citizenship in Asia Helsinki: Renvall Institute Publications.

NordForsk grant for the Gendering Asia Network

The Gendering Asia Network has received a grant from NordForsk to strengthen research in the combined field of Asia studies and gender studies in the social sciences and humanities in the Nordic countries.

 

The Network will convene workshops in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with a view to:

  1. providing the basis for internet as well as face-to-face interaction and exchange among Nordic researchers and PhD students
  2. offering research training for Nordic PhD students
  3. developing collaborative research projects

 

Workshop focus

It is an explicit aim to achieve a broad, open and inclusive network.

Thus, the starting point for workshop activities will be a broad focus on:

  1. how recent developments in gender theories are articulated in relation to Asian studies
     
  2. in which ways empirical studies of societies in Asia contribute new insights to gender theories
     
  3. as Asia in the current globalized world is not confined to a certain geographic part of the world the Network will include research on how Asia exists in the Nordic countries in diverse forms such as for example migrant people and literature

 

First workshop – Copenhagen November 2010

The first workshop will include the first and important training in the Barha Community internet based interaction that will form a core mode of communication for the network. Moreover, the workshop will include the first stage and initial discussion on establishing Nordic collaborative research projects across the involved country-specific participating groups.

 

Second and Third workshop – 2011 Iceland and 2012 Norway

The second workshop will take place in 2011 at Iceland University and the third workshop will be held in 2012 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. At these two subsequent workshops activities will take place in plenum and in the theme groups in order to further develop the joint research projects.

 

For further information, please contact: Cecilia Milwertz 

The Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conferences

Comparing China and the Nordic countries

The aim of the Sino-Nordic Women & Gender Studies conferences is to develop trans-national, cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary perspectives on studies of women and gender within and between the Chinese and Nordic environments. The conferences include both theoretical and policy relevant research.

The conferences are organized by the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, China and NIAS and take place alternately in collaboration with a Chinese or Nordic host institution.

By gathering scholars from China and the Nordic countries and by engaging in cross-cultural comparisons, the conferences aim to facilitate constructive and thought-provoking dialogues and discussions. Unquestioned assumptions may be challenged and stimulus provided to view one’s own society from alternative perspectives.

The Nordic countries and China differ in many ways, but there are also similarities. It could be argued that there are greater similarities between China and the Nordic countries – such as the strong and interventionist role of the state – than there are between China and the USA, for instance. Another similarity between China and the Nordic countries is a strong political commitment to creating gender equality, as well as the high degree of cooperation between women’s organizations and the state. On the other hand, there are obviously also many differences regarding the ways in which the state intervenes in people’s lives, and in the extent to which gender equality has been achieved. These differences and similarities are related to the legal, political, social and economic systems of China and the Nordic countries, and to the global context in which they operate. Regarding studies of women and gender, the topics addressed in the Nordic countries and in China, and the methodologies and theoretical approaches that are used also partially overlap. Many Chinese and Nordic researchers use theories that originate from other contexts. These theories have then been indigenized into something Chinese or Nordic. But how is this done in practice? And what are the consequences of acceptance or rejection of ‘foreign’ theories?

4th Gendering Asia Network Conference

Conveners: Cecilia Milwertz, senior researcher, NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and Katja Rangsivek, PhD fellow, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

The Gendering Asia Conference is open to students and scholars working primarily within the postdisciplinary field of gender studies, and also to those whose main focus is not gender, but who include a gender perspective in the study of Asia. We thus invite papers which either primarily address aspects of gender in Asia or which include a gender dimension in studies of other main topics.

Conference themes

Effects of gendered Asia. We invite papers that document and explore how social change influences gender relations and the lives of men and women according to the way in which their gendered positions intersect with class, ethnicity, age, education, urban/rural location and other factors.

Gendered processes constructing Asia. We invite papers that aim to understand gendered processes and the construction of gender in all spheres of life within Asia and the ways in which these are part of a globalizing world.

How does the application of gender theory make a difference to the knowledge we construct of Asia? We invite participants to reflect upon theoretical, epistemological and methodological implications of the gender studies approaches they have applied to studies of Asia.

The conference is the Fourth Gendering Asia Conference held by the Gendering Asia Network.

Format

The conference will include keynote speeches by Thu-Huong Nguyen-vo and Anindita Datta and sessions of short paper presentations followed by discussions.

Abstracts

Abstracts (300 words) should be submitted to Katja Rangsivek (katjar@hum.ku.dk) and Cecilia Milwertz (milwertz@nias.ku.dk) by 1 March 2010. Please include your name, institution and position.

Note: For ‘Gendering Asia’ full papers should NOT be submitted prior to the conference.

Keynote speech: The Feminine Coordinate: Staging Asian Modernity and Neoliberal Globality in Vietnam, Professor Thu-Huong Nguyen-vo – The 4th Gendering Asia Network Conference

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Please cite the keynote speech as follows:

Thu-Huong Nguyen-vo (2010)The Feminine Coordinate: Staging Asian Modernity and Neoliberal Globality in Vietnam’, keynote speech, Gendering Asia Network Conference, Copenhagen University Asian Dynamics Initiative, 12-13 November.

REPORT from the first Gendering Asia Network conference

From 19 to 21 May 2005 the Gendering Asia Network held its first conference at Kungälv Folkhögskola near Göteborg. The conference brought together forty-two scholars and students from the Nordic countries as well as from Asia, Australia and North America. Nordic scholars engaged in studies of gender and Asia generally have established wide-ranging networks within their particular area of research. However, especially MA and PhD students working within the field of gender and Asia in the Nordic countries have expressed a strong need for a network to support them in their studies and enable them to identify and make contact with other students as well as scholars working within their fields of study.
Thus, the conference was held in order to begin building a strong, imaginative and resourceful network that will benefit research and teaching on gender and Asia in the Nordic countries. On the one hand we know that scholars are engaged in research and teaching on gender and Asia in more or less all the Nordic countries, but on the other hand we also do not have an overall picture of who exactly is doing what and where. One aim of the network is to facilitate exchange by building a database of scholars and students working on gender and Asia. Asian studies environments in the Nordic countries are all relatively small, and although most scholars have their individual networks within and beyond the Nordic countries, we believe there is room for increased Nordic interaction, exchange and collaboration that can be facilitated by a formalized network.

The network is not defined as a Nordic Gendering Asia Network. Much of our work takes place in collaboration with colleagues in Asia and elsewhere in the world and the network, as reflected also by participation in the conference, is open to participants from all parts of the world.

The theme of the first conference was broad and paper presenters were asked to consider how gender is part of their research either as a methodological/theoretical approach and/or as a focus of study and to discuss how a gender perspective in their work has provided new knowledge on Asia. The two keynote speakers Maila Stivens and Nguyen-vo Thu-huong, as well as several paper presenters addressed the gendered processes that construct many dimensions of Asian modernities and their incorporation into a globalizing world. Other papers analyzed the effects on women and men of the dramatic economic, social and political changes sweeping the region. In future the plan is to convene annual conferences on more specific themes.