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Gender as a useful category of analysis in Chinese Religions – with two case studies from the Republican period

When Feb 14, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Rooms 8 & 9
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China Research Seminar given by Elena Valussi, Loyola University, Chicago

This talk will address the concept of gender and of gender equality (nannü pingdeng 男女平等) in a religious context as it emerges in the writings of men and women of the Republican period; the intensification of the presence of women in the public sphere, the emergence of the concept of nüjie 女界 (woman’s realm) and the making of the Chinese “new woman” (xin nüxing 新女性) brought intense debates on the role of women in society, of gender differences and of gender equality. The religious dimension of this social repositioning of women has yet to be analyzed in detail, and this is a first attempt.

Elena Valussi's research has covered gender and religion in late Imperial and Modern China and the transmission of Daoist text in late imperial and Republican China. She is currently researching spirit writing in late Imperial China, and she is also co-director of a Chiang Ching-Kuo funded 3-year project on religious diversity in Late Imperial and modern Sichuan. She teaches Chinese and East Asian History at Loyola University Chicago, and this year she is a Visiting Fellow at the IKGF (International Consortium for Research in the Humanities) in Erlangen, Germany.


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