Thursday, Oct. 13

01-05 Women, Belief, and Everyday Religious Experiences in Contemporary Multi-ethnic China [hybrid]

Thursday, October 13, 8:00 am–10:00 am
Promenade C

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section


Chair: Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

8:00 am
Freeing Her from Representational Violence: Autoethnography of Writing Women in Contemporary Chinese Lineages
Wei Liu ()

8:30 am
The Transmission of Buddhism among Lay Women in Rural Northern China
Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

9:00 am
Revolutionary Woman, Song Queen, and Passionate Sister: Contextualizing Three Enactments of She Xiang’s Marriage and Love Life [virtual]
Wenyuan Shao (Shanghai University)

9:30 am
discussant
Megan Bryson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

This panel aims to re-center the peripheral image of women in China by examining the mediation of female images and by studying women’s everyday life, especially their religious beliefs and practices in contemporary China to set them free from representational violence. At the same time, it not only focuses on the Han Chinese but also includes a paper discussing shifting images of the female chieftain She Xiang in the Yi ethnic group, a Tibeto-Burman-speaking community. In all three papers, religion becomes an important category to situate the interpretation of gender in identity formations, social relations, and power structures. Vice versa, gender provides a fundamental source for structuring religious identities, traditions, and values, particularly in rural China.