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Gender at the Interface of the Global and the Local Perspectives from China and the Nordic Countries

October 27-29, 2009

Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai



NIAS – Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Norwegian School of Science and Technology (NTNU), School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University and Nordic Centre

Processes of globalization have brought China and the Nordic countries in closer contact. Inherent in the concept of globalization are economic, political, demographic, social and cultural processes that are taking place in our times, bringing the global into the local and vice versa. Globalization is linked to processes of modernization and migration. A vital force in these processes is the modern market economy bringing Western enterprises into China and Chinese products to Nordic markets at an accelerating scale. Locally, these global transformations affect the social relations and discursive powers of women and men.

Globalization is a transformative process influencing women’s and men’s position on the labour market as well as their everyday life practices and identities. Processes of globalization are taking place at international, national and local levels and, moreover, concern individuals’ understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Do globalization processes imply increasing differences between women and men or between different groups of women? Alternatively, may globalization processes serve as an impetus to growth in women’s struggles for civil, social and political rights – globally or locally?
The course will present gender theory that is relevant for analyzing current processes of change. Lectures and discussions will focus on theoretical and methodological approaches to study ongoing social change on the global, local and individual levels of society. The course will serve as an interchange of experiences as well as theoretical approaches from China and the Nordic countries.

The course is organized as a 3-days event with lectures, paper presentations and discussions. It is important to note that participation at the course requires careful preparation by reading course literature in advance. Throughout the course, the participants are expected to present and discuss current theories of gender and to explicate gender approaches, theoretically and methodologically, in their presentations.

The course will focus on the following three themes:
1) Gender theory
a. Current theoretical issues
b. Methods in gender research

2) Gendering globalization
a. Gender perspectives on the concept of globalization
b. Intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, class, religion and nationality

3) Globalization, state and gender equality
a. Gender mainstreaming and women’s movements in China and the Nordic countries
b. Citizenship and citizen rights
c. Different models for gender equality and welfare

• Professor Wang Jufen, Fudan University, China
• Professor Min Dongchao, Shanghai University, China
• Professor Zhao Jie, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, China
• Senior researcher Cecilia Milwertz, NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark
• Professor Birte Siim, Aalborg University, Denmark
• Senior lecturer Pauline Stoltz, Malmö University, Sweden
• Professor Merete Lie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Two options are available:
a) 10 ECTS Credits is given for active participation + essay (evaluated as passed/failed).
b) 5 ECTS Credits is given for active participation.
The Asian Century Research School Network will issue a certificate indicating the ECTS credits earned by the student. A brief description of the course and the kind of participation required will also be included in the certificate. It is the students' own responsibility to ask their institution about its accreditation rules and get the certificate and the credit points registered at the home university.

The objective is to gather up to 30 students – half from China and half from the Nordic countries.
We welcome students who approach gender as a perspective of analysis in their theses.
Participants should be prepared to engage actively in and outside class. All participants must send in a short paper, 3-5 pages, based on their work with the thesis, emphasizing theoretical and/or methodological questions. Before the course, students must read all the student papers and the literature on the reading list (ca. 1000 pages). The students must be prepared to present a paper in group sessions, to comment on other students’ papers, and to participate actively in discussions.

Participants will need to organize and pay for travel to and from Shanghai. Chinese students can apply for travel grants. The Nordic Centre can arrange for participant paid accommodation. A nominal fee will also be charged to cover some of our costs, including those for free meals and local transportation for participants during the Course. Participants will need to take own responsibility for Visa applications.

Registration for the course can be done online via www.nordiccentre.org
or via

Deadline for registration is:
June 10, 2009.

• Professor Merete Lie, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, merete.lie@hf.ntnu.no
• Professor Wang Jufen, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University, China, jfwcn@hotmail.com

The Nordic Centre is a joint venture between Fudan University and 26 Nordic universities and research institutions to facilitate research cooperation, students exchange and collaboration with Shanghai based Nordic companies and national representations. The Nordic Centre is located at Fudan University in Shanghai. Current members:

China: Fudan University; Denmark: Aalborg University︱University of Copenhagen︱University of Aarhus︱Copenhagen Business School; Finland: Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration (Hanken) ︱University of Turku︱University of Tampere︱University of Kuopio︱University of Joensuu︱Helsinki University of Technology︱University of Helsinki︱Helsinki School of Economics & Business Administration; Iceland: University of Iceland; Norway: University of Oslo︱University of Bergen︱Norwegian University of Science & Technology︱Norwegian School of Management BI︱Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration; Sweden: Karolinska Institutet︱Uppsala University︱Umeå University︱Royal Institute of Technology︱Stockholm University︱Lund University︱Gothenburg University; Nordic: NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

The course is co-funded by the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.


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