Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network: Minutes of
Steering Committee Meeting, 2006
Minutes of the WAGNet meeting, held on January 23rd,
2009 in Bristol, UK.
Aresu, Anne Gerritsen,
Marianne Hester, Maria Jaschok, Mary Mazzilli, Julia Stone
1. Apologies, Withdrawals
The withdrawal of WAGNet
Cecilia Milwertz was formally accepted with great regret. Steering
committee members recognized her enormous contribution and expressed
their deep gratitude. Marianne was asked to write to Cecilia thanking
her for all her work.
Nicola Spakowski extended
apologies. She was unable to attend the workshop due to illness.
It was agreed that Maria
Denise Gimpel to ask whether she wishes to continue on the steering
The committee also
expressed it thanks
to Fiona Moore for her untiring but invisible work as webmaster,
efforts in combating a recent hacker invasion of the website. Maria
mentioned Fiona’s recent involvement in Chinese studies and
expressed her hope that she would in future take part in workshops
and other activities. She said she would write an Email to Fiona.
Mary, Alessandra and Julia
welcomed as new steering committee members.
It was decided to put some
the steering committee on the website. It was agreed that each
member would submit pictures and a maximum of four lines of text.
Alessandra agreed to coordinate collecting the material and sending
it to Fiona.
2. WAGNet Workshop
It was felt that the
numbers in Bristol
were just right and that in future there should be a maximum of 12
participants. Having a more informal style for discussants had
worked well. There was a discussion of the so-called nursery session
on the last morning for less advanced candidates. It was felt that
while the workshop should retain its policy of being for advanced
students, exceptional upcoming students should also be given places.
Marianne said that she was appalled at the lack of supervision some
3. Workshop Report
It was agreed to place a
and photo of the workshop on the WAGNet, BICC and CEAS sites. Mary
offered to write the report and Julia said she would edit it. It was
agreed that it should be sent to Julia by Feb 6th
Julia would forward her version to Maria, copying the whole group.
Everyone said Bremen would
be the ideal
venue despite the last minute letdown in 2007. Maria praised the
extensive work and preparation done by Nicola. It was felt that if
Nicola were prepared to do so, she should be supported in reapplying
for CCK funding. Marianne said she would write and ask Nicola for her
views. It was pointed out that two of the Bristol participants were
Taiwanese, which was the reason for the funding being turned down
last time. Milan was also considered as either a suitable
alternative venue should Nicola not wish to make another attempt, or
as the successor to Bremen.
5.Possible Publication of
Everyone accepted that this
was a huge
task and that it would not be possible to publish the papers at the
News that Nicola had agreed
to carry on
as editor was greeted with loud applause. It was felt that maybe we
should remind people that they could submit reviews.
Maria informed everyone
website had been invaded by malicious hackers. Only the prompt
intervention of Fiona and her intensive efforts had prevented the
website from being closed down. Maria says she goes to the website
regularly to check it.
Since the website was now 8
Maria said that she felt the content should be revised. She and
Fiona would edit it.
Julia said she and Nicola
drawing up invitations to send to people to join. This would prompt
people who had either forgotten or been too busy to sign up. It was
agreed to send a copy of the proposed wording to the committee. It
was felt this text could be included as part of an Email thanking all
the workshop participants for coming. Maria said she would do that.
9. WAGNet List Server
Membership has now reached
stressed we need more new members.
Maria said she would like
colleagues to assist in sending details of gender events and matters
of interest to list serve members. Alessandra said if she were sent
details of the mailing servers Maria used, she could send on their