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Gender, Sexuality, and the Making of the Human Subject in Transnational China


Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Thursday, 18 June 2015

Location: The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG

Co-Sponsor: Global Research Priorities Connecting Cultures, Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick

Main Contact: Howard Chiang (



This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to chart the changing contours of knowledge about human subjectivity in transnational China through the prisms of gender and sexuality. Involving focused discussions of work-in-progress papers by the invited participants, this forum features the latest and most path-breaking research in the fields of gender studies, queer theory, history, sociology, literature, area studies, translation studies, and cultural and media/film studies. It will establish a core inter-institutional network of China scholars to plan future collaborative projects and/or group grant applications. Due to the venue restrictions of this workshop, interested attendants must pre-register with the organiser at



Workshop Program

1-1:30 welcome + lunch (lunch can continue during the panel sessions)

1:30-2:15 Ross Forman (Warwick), ‘Sinophone Sexuality?: European Sexology, Homosexuality, and the Chinese in Colonial Vietnam’
Discussant: Howard Chiang (Warwick)

2:15-3:00 Derek Hird (Westminster), ‘Transnational Chinese Masculinity in the UK’
Discussant: Hongwei Bao (Nottingham)

3:00-3:15 tea & coffee break

3:15-4:00 Ting Guo (Exeter), ‘Identity, Obsession, and Modernity: Translating Sexuality in Republican China’
Discussant: Leon Rocha (Liverpool)

4:00-4:45 Wes Lin (York), ‘Negotiating Singleness among Male Migrant Workers in China: Values, Modernity and Heteronormativity’
Discussant: Jieyu Liu (SOAS)

4:45-5:00 tea & coffee break

5:00-5:45 William Schroeder (Manchester), ‘Translation as a Method in the Study of Queer China’
Discussant: Chris Berry (KCL)


Invited Participants

Hongwei Bao (University of Nottingham)

Chris Berry (King's College London)

Howard Chiang (University of Warwick)

Ross Forman (University of Warwick)

Ting Guo (University of Exeter)

Derek Hird (University of Westminster)

Xiaodong Lin (University of York)

Jieyu Liu (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Leon Rocha (University of Liverpool)

William Schroeder (University of Manchester)


Workshop 1 Workshop 2

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