July 22-28, 2001
Within the academic world, consortia are frequently initiated by administrators seeking to extend their programmatic offerings by pooling resources with nearby institutions. Because so many women's studies programs and centers operate on shoestring budgets, they have frequently formed networks or consortia. The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies at Radcliffe, however, is unique among women's studies consortia in the United States in that it was initiated by feminist scholars in order to extend their research through interdisciplinary collaboration in the classroom. We believe that our experience in building interinstitutional and interdepartmental partnerships on the basis of intellectual interests can be of value to women's studies scholars in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and can assist them in developing the resources and curriculum necessary to further institutionalize women's studies within the Chinese academy.
Christina Gilmartin and Laura Roskos
The participants: Botom Row (left to right) Wang Jufen, Ni Huifan, Zhang Mingyun, Patricia Arend, Wang Hongwei, Modhumita Roy, Laura Roskos, Wang Jinling, Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Xu Yanli, Zheng Guizhen, Du Fangqin; Middle Row (left to right) Shi Fang, Yan Guangfen, Chen Yan, Yang Yi, Fan Rualan, Wang Qin, Yin Qin, Guo Huimin, Chris Gilmartin, Leung Pik-Ki, Gao Jianxiu, Gordana Rabrenovic, Chen Wei, Lin Hong, Wei Manhua, Ann Tang; Top Row (left to right) Ma Xiaodong, Han Henan, Chen Yuexin, Hu Wei, Zhang Yanbing, Jiao Yang, Wang Zheng, Jie Aihua, Pan Wen Lan, Tong Xin, Xu Min, Xueping Zhong, Hu Aiqun, Chen Yu.
Missing from photo: Guo Aimei, Shi Suo Hua, Yi Zhaoying, Sun Zhongxin, Tan Lin, Dong Weizhen, Peggy Kong, Lin DonXiao, Hu Yukun, Isis Wu, Kang Hongjin
Saturday, July 14
Team members assemble in Shanghai at Fudan University Guest House (located inside the gates of the university). If our contacts in Shanghai know the details of your arrival, then they will plan to have someone meet you at the airport or train station.
The contrasting skylines of Shanghai
Nanjing shopping street in Shanghai --"Mao watches for everyone!"
Sunday, July 15
Take train to Nanjing in the morning; afternoon sightseeing in Nanjing. Early to bed. We will stay at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanda Zhong Mei Zhongxin, corner of Shanghai Lu and Beijing Xi Lu)
Photo: Schoolchildren posing in the courtyard of the Museum to the Victims of the Massacre at Nanjing
Paper cranes left by Japanese visitors to the Museum to the Victims of the Massacre at Nanjing
Monday, July 16
Morning meeting with faculty from Ginling Women's College; afternoon meeting with women's studies research faculty from Nanjing University arranged by colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Center; at about 5 or 6 pm grab the bus to Hangzhou. There we will stay at Xihu Guobing Guan (West Lake State Guest House).
Tuesday, July 17
Morning sightseeing in Hangzhou; afternoon meet with faculty from Zhejiang University. Reception with vice-mayor of Hangzhou at 6pm; supper with sister city delegation at 6:30pm (at hotel). This event is being organized by Shigen Du.
Workshop co-director Chris Gilmartin with statue of Qui Jin, heroine of (and martyr to) the 1911 Revolution.
The boathouse at the West Lake State Hotel where our "sister-city" banquet was held
Sharlene receives gifts and greetings from Chen Zhonghua, Vice Mayor of Hangzhou.
A beautiful summer evening on the terrace at the Okura Garden Hotel, overlooking the old French quarter of Shanghai. Far right, our host, David Orenstein; far left, projet assistant Isis Wu.
Wednesday, July 18
Morning return from Hangzhou; welcome dinner hosted by Peng XiZhe (noon); afternoon sundown cocktail party sponsored by the Shanghai Harvard Club, 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Third Floor Terrace of the Okura Garden Hotel, 58 Mao Mong Road So.
Thursday, July 19
Morning visit to textile factory in Pudong district to be arranged by Ma Xiaodong; afternoon visit with women writers and critics with dinner afterwards
Shanghai Lin Xie Dress Co, Ltd. New organic garden for employee cafeteria (most employees live on premises).
Ling Feng (second from left), General Managerof Jix Xie Dress Co. , a member of the ten woman co-op that founded the company in 1981.
Sunday, July 22
Participant Check-in (3:00-5:00 p.m.)
Kick-off dinner (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
After dinner program to discuss evaluation and assessment (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Photo: Opening night dinner for participants at Magnolia Hotel.
Monday, July 23
[workshop begins: all sessions held at Center for American Studies, Fudan U.]
"Historical Context and Definition of US Women's Studies" (this session will be open to the invited public)
"Women's Experience and the Analytic Category of Gender"
Research Roundtable for Chinese Participants
Photo: A breakfast group of participants discuss the usefulness of gender as a category of analysis.
Tuesday, July 24
"Representations of Women in the Mass Media"
(this session will be open to the invited public)
"Women's Activism in Response to Stresses on the Family: Consumerism and the Global Economy"
Photo: Gordana works with Jang to prepare for the session on women's activism.
Optional Evening Activity
Screening and discussion of feminist advocacy and activist videos produced in the U.S.
Photo: Professor Wang Jufen takes notes comparing family budgets in the U.S. and P.R.C. during session on Consumerism and the Global Economy.
Wednesday, July 25
"Quantitative and Qualitative Research on Women: Strengths and Limitations of Traditional Approaches"
"Techniques for Interviewing Women"
Sightseeing and dinner in small groups
Photo: Xueping and Laura talk about myths of masculinity and gender violence.
Thursday, July 26
"International Responses to Violence against Women"
"Myths of Masculinity and Gender Violence"
Syllabus exchange among participants.
Friday, July 27
"Women's Leadership on Issues of Health and the Environment"
"The future of women's studies, in the U.S. and abroad"
Closing dinner for workshop presenters and participants from Fudan University [Hai Jing tower restaurant]
Saturday, July 28
Wrap up and Evaluation (10:00 -11:30 a.m.)
Sunday, July 29
Boston area team leaves for home
Photo: GCWS team enjoys closing banquet at the Seagull. (l to r, Gordana, Sharlene, Modhumita, Xueping).
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