Shanghai Workshop – Programme
By on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Detailed programme for the workshop “Precariously Yours: Gender, Class, and Urbanity in Contemporary Shanghai


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December 4, 2014

5-7pm, Rockbund Art Museum (Downtown Shanghai)

Introduction of the HERA-project and workshop agenda by Prof. Dr. Jeroen de Kloet

Keynote by Josephine HO: “Sex and Women in the Metropolis: A Communitarian/Narrative View”

Discussant: Dr. Yiu Fai CHOW – HERA-member


December 5, 2014

Workshop Venue: Meta-Gallery, Wuyuan Road (former French Concession)


Keynote by Fran Martin, The University of Melbourne (Australia): “Precarious Autonomy: Chinese Women Students (Re)negotiating Gender through Educational Mobility”

Chair: Melissa Butcher
Discussant: Lucetta Yip Lo KAM, Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong SAR, China)



Panel: Shengnü (leftover-women) and ‘New’ Asian Women

Chair: Wayne Modest (Tropenmuseum/Research Centre, Amsterdam)

Leta Hong FINCHER, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong SAR, China):“Single Chinese Women Subverting the ‘Shengnü’ Label”

Melissa BUTCHER, Birkbeck College (University of London) (until March 2015: The Open University): “Being Single – Approaching Autonomy, Respectability and Precarity”

Lena SCHEEN, New York University Shanghai (China): “Shanghai Lalas and Leftover Ladies: An Ethnographic Study of Female Professionals”



Panel: Love & Desire

Chair: Christiane Brosius

WU Xiaoyan & CAI Luoyi: “Another Source of Power: Love and Desire Liberated from Shame —— VAGINA MONOLOGUES in China”

SHEN Yifei, Fudan University (China): “Hot-mom: Motherhood and Feminism in the Process of Individualisation”

Discussant: Jinzhao LI, Beijing Foreign Studies University (China)


Screening of the documentary film “Women” by Walker Lee (Shanghai)


December 6, 2014


Public Keynote Lecture

Shilpa PHADKE, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India): “I’m Not a Feminist But…! Young Women in Urban India and Gender Politics in a Time of Globalisation”

Chair: Christiane Brosius
Discussant: Wayne Modest



Panel: Art & Activism

Evie WU, Nvai (China): “LBT Movement in Shanghai”

Sheba CHHACHHI, Independent Artist (Delhi, India): “Public Intimacies”

Kevin MAY, NGO Worker (China): “Gender and Change”

Chair: Melissa Butcher

6-8pm, Fei Contemporary Art Centre (FCAC)

Producer: Li Xiaofei

Curator: Chow Yiu Fai

Word of thanks: Christiane Brosius