SINGLE

Digital Humanities Training

Event Date: 
Mon, 14/04/2014 - 09:00 to Wed, 16/04/2014 - 18:00
Venue: 
Karl-Jaspers Centre
Location: 
Heidelberg
External Website Address: 

The next Team Meeting will take place April 14 to 16, 2014.  All CRP members will be trained by the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) at the Karl-Jaspers Centre in Heidelberg

PRECARIOUSLY YOURS: GENDER, CLASS, AND URBANITY IN CONTEMPORARY SHANGHAI

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/12/2014 - 10:00 to Sat, 06/12/2014 - 15:00
Venue: 
Meta Gallery
Location: 
No. 7 Lane 212 Wuyuan Road
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Rapid reforms in China have resulted in increasing inequalities and disjunctures. While Shanghai is transforming into a global mega-city, like many other big cities in Asia, its dwellers are often confronted with a way of life enabled and disabled by precarity. This precarity is generally perceived to be along the lines of labour and class, characterised in Guy Standing’s term “Precariat,” or those with short labour contracts and poor working conditions. 

In Precariously Yours we extend the notion of precarity towards the domain of gender, love and sexuality. In particular single women serve as a prism to explore the complexities surrounding precarity, urbanity and class. For instance, the derogative term shengnü – “leftover women” – gestures towards a group of women whose singlehood at their late 20s seems to be enough to evoke intense stigmatization and reiteration of societal demands regarding love and family life. Precariously Yours wonders: How do single women negotiate the multiple expectations and demands that society imposes upon them? What are their tactics of resistance against normative gender roles and expectations? How to imagine the city as a more intimate and fragile space? What is to be lost and gained in remaining a single woman?

Precariously Yours explores these questions through an art exhibition, lectures and public debates. The workshop will particularly zoom in on how tropes like shengnü can be read as imaginations of a “new” Asian femininity, how different modes of loving and desiring are being explored in diverse creative and sexual cultures in Asian cities and how art and activism attempt to intervene in hegemonic understandings of love, gender and sexuality. Precariously Yours engages not only with Shanghai, but also with other Asian cities as to foster a comparative approach and allow reflections upon the lives and hopes of single women in a rapidly changing Asia.

During the workshop, international scholars, activists and artists will share their experiences with colleagues in China. The exhibition will feature works by LIANG Yue, GUO Qingling and Lise YUEN.

Public Keynote Lecture - Prof. Dr. Josephine HO Sex and Women in the Metropolis: A Communitarian / Narrative View

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/12/2014 - 17:30
Venue: 
Rockbund Art Museum
Location: 
2F No.133 Yuanmingyuan Rd. Huangpu District, Shanghai
Event File: 

Rapid reforms in China have resulted in increasing inequalities and disjunctures. While Shanghai is transforming into a global mega-city, like many other big cities in Asia, its dwellers are often confronted with a way of life enabled and disabled by precarity. This precarity is generally perceived to be along the lines of labour and class, characterised in Guy Standing’s term “Precariat,” or those with short labour contracts and poor working conditions. 

In Precariously Yours we extend the notion of precarity towards the domain of gender, love and sexuality. In particular single women serve as a prism to explore the complexities surrounding precarity, urbanity and class. For instance, the derogative term shengnü – “leftover women” – gestures towards a group of women whose singlehood at their late 20s seems to be enough to evoke intense stigmatization and reiteration of societal demands regarding love and family life. Precariously Yours wonders: How do single women negotiate the multiple expectations and demands that society imposes upon them? What are their tactics of resistance against normative gender roles and expectations? How to imagine the city as a more intimate and fragile space? What is to be lost and gained in remaining a single woman?

Precariously Yours explores these questions through an art exhibition, lectures and public debates. The workshop will particularly zoom in on how tropes like shengnü can be read as imaginations of a “new” Asian femininity, how different modes of loving and desiring are being explored in diverse creative and sexual cultures in Asian cities and how art and activism attempt to intervene in hegemonic understandings of love, gender and sexuality. Precariously Yours engages not only with Shanghai, but also with other Asian cities as to foster a comparative approach and allow reflections upon the lives and hopes of single women in a rapidly changing Asia.

During the workshop, international scholars, activists and artists will share their experiences with colleagues in China. The exhibition will feature works by LIANG Yue, GUO Qingling and Lise YUEN.

Creating the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi (SINGLE)

The context of urban transformation in India and China enables the formation of new cultural geogra- phies and biographies for single women. Cities such as Shanghai and Delhi are the backdrop to changing fam- ily patterns and the unravelling of ‘traditional’ social contracts as a result of migration, new work opportu- nities, delayed marriage, divorce, open homosexuality, and a growing leisure and consumer society. As a re- sult, single women are becoming increasingly visible in public, be it through media representations or everyday practices and mobilities. Their presence is informed by repertoires of cultural encounter stemming from urban and national histories, globalised media landscapes and aspirations to cosmopolitanism and Global City status. Yet the resulting subjectivities are precarious, marked by asymmetrical power relations reflecting opposition to ‘westernisation’ and associated perceptions of transgres- sions of normative gendered comportment and spaces such as the domestic and the public. Gendered imagi

naries of emancipation are contested in the light of a variety of cultural practices that impact women’s mul- tiple life-worlds.

SINGLE uses ethnographic, mobile and visual methodologies to explore these concerns, document- ing the experiences of single women in Delhi and Shanghai that are indicative of wider social and demo- graphic transformations, and set within wider debates of cultural encounter, world cities and globalisation. ‘Singleness’ includes temporal and spatial understand- ings, repositioning it as salient to collective as well as personal identity and experience (e.g. loneliness or in- dependence), and as a phenomenon that women move into and out of throughout their lives. The research sites are linked by a conceptual framework centred on transcultural analysis and cross-cutting themes of class, governance, precarity and the shifting boundaries of public and private space. The project as a whole al- lows for an exploration of the specific as well as similar trajectories and experiences of both cities, extending scholarship in comparative urban theory through inter- disciplinary and multi-sited research. The project also aims to extend work in the Digital Humanities, us- ing a state-of-the-art online platform for both analysis and the creation of an interactive public gallery. Visual methods are central to this work and collaboration with artists in Shanghai and Delhi will culminate in public events in Shanghai, Delhi and Amsterdam.

 

Associated Partners: 

AP-1: Dr Claus Heimes, Goethe-Institut Shanghai, CN, claus.heimes@shanghai.goethe.org

AP-2: Mr Xiaofei Li, Fei Contemporary Art Center, CN, info@feiartcenter.com

AP-3: Mr Heiko Sievers, Goethe-Institut New Delhi, IN, sievers@delhi.goethe.org

AP-4: Dr Peter Verdaasdonk, Royal Tropical Institute/Tropenmuseum, NL,p.verdaasdonk@kit.nl

 

SINGLE

Professor Dr Christiane Brosius

Title: 
PI-1
Institution: 
University of Heidelberg
Address: 
University of Heidelberg, DE
Country: 
Germany
E-mail: 
brosius@asia- europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Project Title: 
SINGLE
Forenames: 
Christiane
Surname: 
Brosius
Personal Title: 
Professor Dr

Dr Melissa Butcher

Title: 
PI-2
Institution: 
Open University
Address: 
Open University, UK
Country: 
United Kingdom
E-mail: 
m.butcher@open.ac.uk
Project Title: 
SINGLE
Forenames: 
Melissa
Surname: 
Butcher
Personal Title: 
Dr

Professor Dr Jeroen De Kloet

Title: 
PI-3
Institution: 
University of Amsterdam
Address: 
University of Amsterdam, NL
Country: 
The Netherlands
E-mail: 
b.j.dekloet@uva.nl
Project Title: 
SINGLE
Forenames: 
Jeroen
Surname: 
De Kloet
Personal Title: 
Professor Dr
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