Applications from doctoral students in all disciplines and time periods of Chinese Studies are invited to take part in the Workshop. The research project concerned should treat issues of 'women' and 'gender' as central and significant categories of analyses. The objectives of the Workshop are to acknowledge and problematize some of the basic directions of gender-centred research as they are evolving at European universities, and also direct attention to new issues and developments as an outcome of graduate presentations.
Recent Chinese Studies conferences in Europe have testified to the growing visibility and strength of gender-centred research, and of their significance to on-going debates in all spheres of scholarship. But there is a distinct lack of opportunities for academic exchanges in the field, particularly for young scholars. In 1998, Professor Harriet Zurndorfer at Leiden University organised the first gender-centred graduate workshop for Ph.D. students in Chinese Studies. Following its success, WAGNet organized a second workshop entitled 'Gender in Chinese Studies: Approaches and Directions', in September 2003 at Oxford University, UK. The third workshop will be organized next year, in January 20 – 23 January, 2005 at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
All too rarely do Ph.D. students have an opportunity for critical exposure of their thesis prior to submission and defence. The Workshop is therefore designed to facilitate in-depth discussions. Up to TWELVE young scholars working within the area of Gender/Women in Chinese Studies will be invited to come together and present their research done as part of their Ph.D. thesis. The presenters will be given an opportunity to discuss their work with an audience of invited senior scholars from all over Europe for feedback, questions, and comments. Invited candidates will be expected to make presentations in a carefully structured format, with guidelines provided by the organizers. Each presentation, to be read in advance by discussants, will be followed by comments and questions.
The event will be partly supported from the resources of the Prague CCK-F International Sinological Centre. However, wherever possible, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek sponsorships from their respective institutions as well, especially as far as the travel costs are concerned.
Prof. Olga Lomov - director
Institute of East Asian Studies at Charles University
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