Visual Representation of Gender and Class in a Changing China

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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UCSB Confucius Institute Free Lecture


Co-Sponsored by Feminist Studies Department

Visual Representation of Gender and Class in a Changing China

By Prof. WANG Zheng 王政教授

Women’s Studies & History University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Thursday May 18, 2017 @ 5:00-6:30 pm

                4080 HSSB          

Analyzing images of Chinese women over 60 years, this talk explores the erased history of socialist state feminism and shows the drastic changes in gender norms in the era of global capitalism. Given the assumption that “Maoist gender discourse” was authored by a faceless patriarchal Party state, this talk will bring feminist producers of gendered “propaganda” back into history. Changes in visual representation signify changed power relations of gender and class, as well as the changed nature of the state. The talk is based on Prof. Wang’s new book Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1964 (2017).

WANG Zheng is the author or editor of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories; From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society; Translating Feminisms in China; and Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era.