Contributions are invited for an international symposium and edited book on the theme of
Women, Gender and Development in Rural China
We aim to compile a collection of essays by scholars working in the fields of political science, sociology, gender, development and Chinese studies, that explore how gender politics inform, and are reproduced or reconfigured in the languages, knowledges, processes, and practices of development in rural China. Contributors are invited to examine how the gendered subject ‘rural women’ is instrumentalised in development knowledges, processes and practices. How are differently positioned women receiving and responding to development? And what effects is development having on women’s capabilities and gendered power relations in rural China?
For further information on the theme, and to register interest, please contact Dr Sally Sargeson (Sally.Sargeson@anu.edu.au) and Dr Tamara Jacka (Tamara.Jacka@anu.edu.au) no later than 20 March 2009.
The deadline for submissions of first drafts of papers is 30 June 2009. Contributions must be less than 9,000 words in length, including endnotes, figures and tables, and follow Harvard referencing style. Final drafts of selected papers will be requested by November 2009. The papers will be edited by Sally Sargeson and Tamara Jacka for a book entitled Women, Gender and Development in Rural China, to be published and marketed in North America, Europe and Asia by Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. The deadline for submission of the final book manuscript is 31 March 2010.
Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their papers at an international symposium to be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, 14th-15th August 2009. The symposium, which will be the ANU China Institute’s signature conference for 2009, is entitled
China’s Rural Development: Gender Politics, Social Equity and Citizenship. Those who accept our invitation to attend the symposium and publish their papers in the book will be provided with return airfares to Canberra (economy class by direct routes) and three nights’ accommodation in Canberra.
Note on Editors:
Dr Tamara Jacka works on gender relations and social change in contemporary China. Her most recent publications include:
Chinese Sociology and Anthropology. Special Issue: Gender Activism and Rural Development in China 40(4) (2008) (Guest Editor and Introduction).
‘Increasing Women’s Participation in Village Government in China: Is it Worth it?’ Critical Asian Studies 40(4) (2008): 499-529.
Rural Women in Urban China: Gender, Migration, and Social Change. Armonk, New York and London, England: M.E. Sharpe (2006). (Winner, 2007 Francis Hsu Award for Best Book in East Asian Anthropology).
‘Approaches to Women and Development in Rural China.’ Journal of Contemporary China 15(49) (2006): 585-602.
‘Finding a Place: Negotiations of Modernization and Globalization among Rural Women in Beijing.’ Critical Asian Studies 37(1) (2005): 51-74.
On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China (co-edited with Arianne Gaetano). New York: Columbia University Press (2004).
Women’s Work in Rural China: Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform. Cambridge University Press (1997).
Sally Sargeson’s research has explored the co-constitution of capitalism and gender in rural China, with a particular focus on governance and property rights. Her writings include:
'Women's Property, Women's Agency in China's ''New Enclosure Movement'': Evidence from Zhejiang', Development and Change Vol. 39, no. 4 (2008).
'Governing Women's Capabilities in China's Urban Expansion' International Feminist Journal of Politics Vol. 9, no. 2 (2007).
Editor's introductions, 'Colloquium on Women and Policy and Institutional Change in Rural China', Parts 1 & 11, Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 15, no. 49 (2006), Vol. 16, no. 50 (2007).
'Full Circle? Rural Land Reforms in Globalizing China' Critical Asian Studies Vol. 36, no. 4 (2004). Reprinted in G. Rodan and K. Hewison (eds.), Neoliberalism and Conflict: Asia After 9/11. (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006).
'Building for the Future Family', pp. 149-168 in A. McLaren (ed.), Chinese Women and Work. (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004)
'Subduing "The Rural House-building Craze'": Attitudes Toward Housing Construction and Land Use Controls in Four Zhejiang Villages', China Quarterly No. 172 (2002).
(ed.) Collective Goods, Collective Futures in Asia (London: Routledge 2002).
Reworking China's Proletariat (Houndmills: Macmillan, 1999).
with Jian Zhang. 'Reassessing the role of the local state: a case study of local government interventions in property rights reform in a Hangzhou district', The China Journal No. 42 (1999).
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